2015 Preliminary results

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Matchtech Group PLC
29 October 2015
 



29 October 2015

Matchtech Group plc

Preliminary Results for the year ended 31 July 2015

 

Matchtech Group plc ("Matchtech" or the "Group"), the specialist Engineering, IT and Telecoms recruitment agency, today announces its Preliminary Results for the year ended 31 July 2015. The results include a maiden four months' contribution from Networkers International plc ("Networkers"), which was acquired on 2 April 2015.

 

Financial Highlights


2015

2014

Change


Matchtech

Networkers

Group

Group

Matchtech

Group


£m

£m

£m

£m

%

%

Revenue

445.0

57.3

502.3

451.6

-1%

+11%

Net Fee Income1 (NFI)

45.3

9.5

54.8

45.0

+1%

+22%

Contract NFI

33.1

7.0

40.1

32.8

+1%

+22%

Permanent recruitment fees

12.2

2.5

14.7

12.2

-

+20%

Adjusted EBITA2

14.5

2.3

16.8

13.6

+7%

+24%

Adjusted PBTA2

13.8

1.9

15.7

12.6

+10%

+25%








% Contract NFI / Permanent fees



73 / 27

73 / 27



Profit before tax



£11.3m

£11.9m



Basic earnings per share



31.0p

37.0p



Adjusted basic earnings per share2



45.3p

39.2p


+16%

Adjusted diluted earnings per share2



43.3p

37.1p


+17%

Final proposed dividend



16.32p

14.59p


+12%

Total proposed dividend



22.00p

20.00p


+10%

Operating cash conversion



124%

115%



Net debt3



£33.6m

£3.1m


+£30.5m

 

The following footnotes apply, where indicated, throughout these preliminary results:

1 NFI is calculated as revenue less contractor payroll costs

2 Adjusted results exclude £1.7m of acquisition costs, £1.0m of restructuring costs and £1.7m (2014: £0.7m) of amortisation from acquired intangibles

3 Increase in net debt due to funding of the Networkers acquisition

 

Operational Highlights

·      Trading performance in line with market expectations

·      Strong growth in permanent fees in Engineering, up 24%

·      Engineering markets remain buoyant

·      Transformational acquisition of Networkers

·      Integration plans on track

·      On course to achieve synergy targets by 2017

 

 

Commenting on the results, Brian Wilkinson, Chief Executive of the Group said:

"The Group delivered solid results in what was a significant year for the Group, as we acquired Networkers, the highly respected international recruitment firm specialising in Telecommunications, IT and Engineering, and began to integrate the two businesses.

 

The 2016 financial year has started well in-line with management's expectations, with many buoyant markets across the Group's core sectors. The Group is realising cost synergies from the combination and early signs of sales synergies are coming through.

 

Looking ahead, we regard all our international locations to be a huge opportunity to advance our activities in local and regional markets across the world and are planning for substantial growth over the next few years.

 

We believe the high engagement levels of our exceptional people will continue to underpin the lasting loyalty of clients and candidates alike, delivering enhanced shareholder value and improved returns.

 

I am optimistic about the future prospects for the Group and look forward to strong growth in all our markets based on the truly global scale and the greater brand awareness that comes with leadership status."

 

 

 

 

 

For further information please contact:

 

Matchtech Group plc

+44 (0) 1489 898989

Brian Wilkinson, Chief Executive Officer

Tony Dyer, Chief Financial Officer

 


Newgate Communications - Financial PR

+44 (0) 20 7653 9847

Andrew Jones / Edward Treadwell

 


Numis Securities Limited

+44 (0) 20 7260 1000

Michael Meade (NOMAD)/ James Serjeant

 


 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Chairman

 

Reflecting on a watershed year for Matchtech Group

Looking back at the 2015 financial year, the Board recognises that it was a watershed year for Matchtech, with the acquisition in April 2015 of Networkers International plc.

 

In Networkers, we found the excellent international network and telecoms expertise we sought. Equally important, it is culturally well aligned with Matchtech.

 

Under Brian Wilkinson's leadership as our CEO, we also made significant progress in strengthening the Group to position it for future challenges and opportunities.

 

Financial results and final dividend

Reflecting a year of solid achievement, adjusted basic earnings per share were up 16% to 45.3 pence (2014: 39.2 pence). Further information on the Group's financial performance is provided in the Chief Financial Officers Report.

 

The Group's progressive dividend policy remains an important part of our investment proposition and this will continue following the acquisition. The Board recommends to shareholders a final dividend of 16.32 pence per share, an increase of 12% on last year. This gives a total dividend for the year of 22.00 pence per share (2014: 20.0 pence) up 10% with an adjusted dividend cover of 2.1 times (2014: 2.0 times).

 

If approved by shareholders at the Annual General Meeting, to be held on 2 December 2015, the final dividend will be payable on 11 December 2015 to those shareholders registered on13 November 2015.

 

Delivering the future

The CEO's Statement explains how we have reorganised reporting structures to support even stronger client relationships and make the best use of our expanded reach and expertise.

 

The formation of our new Management Board has also given a more appropriate managerial structure for future development and growth.

 

We are delivering against our ambition to be the employer of choice for staff as we develop and accelerate their careers. The Board thanks all our colleagues for their achievements and commitment in this watershed year.

 

We have made good progress on integrating Networkers into the Group, focusing primarily on gaining the greatest possible benefits for clients from our new global scale.

 

In an important exercise to get to know every individual, the CEO visited all 10 overseas offices in the network within 2 months of the acquisition. These are early days however, and much remains to be done, particularly in terms of client integration and also investing to upgrade some regional back office systems to support future growth.

 

New Chairman

I am very pleased to welcome Patrick Shanley as Non-Executive Chairman with effect from the end of the Annual General Meeting on 2 December 2015. I am confident that Patrick's skills and experience will be invaluable for the Group over the coming years.

 

Outlook

As I step down from my period as Interim Non-Executive Chairman, I have never felt more positive about the potential of Matchtech Group, its performance and that of the industries it serves.

 

We have great staff and management, well led by an exceptional CEO in Brian Wilkinson.

 

Above all we have our culture, one which has served us so very well over the last three decades.

 

I know the business will strive to capitalise on all of the opportunities in front of it.

 

Ric Piper

Interim Chairman



 

Chief Executive's Report

 

A key strategic move in meeting client and candidate needs

The year under review was highly significant for the Group as we acquired and began to integrate into our business Networkers International plc, the highly respected international recruitment firm specialising in Telecommunications, IT and Engineering.

 

The acquisition was a key strategic move as we respond to and anticipate the development of client and candidate needs. As the UK's leading provider of white collar engineering professionals, we believe that the evolution to advanced electronic software-based systems from traditional mechanical and older electrical technologies and the increasing globalisation of many of our leading clients are equally significant to our future.

 

The acquisition of Networkers addressed both these important trends more rapidly, more cost-effectively and with less risk than the alternative of organic growth to achieve the same result.

 

New market entry

Networkers' presence in the telecoms and connectivity arena brings us immediate access to an important new market, as the Internet of Things (IoT) becomes a reality.

 

One high-profile example is the growing emphasis that automotive manufacturers are placing on the so-called connected car. In the 10 years that Matchtech has focused on automotive technology, we have seen software development building on engine-control and safety systems to enable connectivity. This further increases the value of advanced software and electronics expertise to the automotive industry, and similar trends are now being seen in some of our other markets, including avionics and maritime. The expanded Matchtech Group can now meet substantially more of the R&D recruitment needs of the biggest players in all these markets.

 

Rapid globalisation

Acquiring Networkers has given us a physical presence in nine countries - all regional hubs - to add to Matchtech's strong position in the UK. As noted above, the acquisition has substantially reduced the costs and risk involved in international expansion, giving us instantaneous access to the key markets of the Middle East, North America and South-East Asia that we had already identified as strategically vital to our future.

 

Further, the international presence and new competencies in multi-site management that the acquisition brings us correlates to the changing needs and expectations of our clients as they expand their businesses across the world.

We are well positioned to deliver the global staffing solutions that such clients need, enabling us to attract and retain much more of their recruitment business.

 

The world's best projects

Additional factors also persuaded us that Networkers was the right acquisition target. It has a great brand, with the quality, reputation and status as a leading player in telecoms recruitment that we were looking for. It was already profitable in all its national markets, including its most recently opened operations. It was in the right places across the world to serve all global Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-American recruitment markets. And the acquisition formed what we believe can be the world's leading tech-focused recruiter in our shared specialist markets.

 

Critically, it also means that we can now demonstrate to the best candidates that we are their route to the world's best engineering, telecoms and technology projects, no matter where these are to be found.

 

In short, the acquisition of Networkers has accelerated the achievement of the company vision for 2017 that we set out last year: to be the market-leading specialist recruiter; the employer of choice in our sectors; the best partner for clients and candidates alike; to have a fast-developing international business and to be the premium recruitment stock for investors.

 

The most engaged consultants

At the core of achieving this vision is the additional power we now have to engage with the industry's best and most productive recruitment consultants, based on the enhanced career opportunities our larger, more diverse and international business can now offer our people. This is fundamental to achieving significantly faster organic growth over the coming years and our research confirms to us that individuals are critical if we are to build, evolve and maintain all-important long-term relationships with clients and candidates alike.

 

We believe, therefore, that the recruitment business with the most engaged consultants will perform at the highest levels. Developing and retaining our staff is a key priority. The Board and senior management team continually review staff attraction and development and seek to reduce attrition to levels below the industry average.

 

Enhancing strategic delivery

The acquisition has confirmed the validity of our three pillared strategy.

 

First, we have sharpened our focus on our three core vertical markets of Engineering, IT and Telecommunications by reorganising the reporting structure of our various Group companies to reflect where our vertical-market expertise is strongest.

 

Networkers' energy and engineering business has been integrated into Matchtech Engineering and teams combined from the established IT businesses of Networkers, Connectus and Provanis teams. Barclay Meade and Alderwood continue to provide the professional staffing and training recruitment services which are so vital to our key client base and we intend to continue the development of both businesses from our Whiteley, Hampshire campus.

 

Secondly, we are already seeing positive movement up the value chain. For example, average time-sheet value has grown by 5%, while the average fee charged in our permanent business is up by 12%. The introduction of Networkers' historically higher margin and higher fee business can only accelerate this progression.

 

The acquisition has most clearly acted as a catalyst for our third strategic priority - to "go global"; already, we are generating a combined 30% on our net fee income from outside the UK, up from just 2% before the acquisition. We have subsequently amended this priority to "think global" which is encouraging our people to maximise cross-selling opportunities around the world to support and drive growth in all our local and regional markets.

 

Integrating our organisations

The process of integrating the two organisations has started well. As the two management teams have come together, we have found a great deal in common both culturally and professionally. Following a series of visits to all our offices across the world, during which I have met almost every member of staff, I have been extremely impressed by the attitude, enthusiasm and energy of everybody in the business.

 

We now have the rare opportunity to learn from one another and pick the best aspects of each organisation to apply to the integrated "whole", ensuring that the resulting Group will be considerably stronger than its composite parts. We are applying this "best of both" approach to our brands, our structure and roles - allocating key roles to the most appropriate and experienced people, regardless of which company they come from. Already, we have been able to identify a number of talented individuals and relocate them from the UK to other countries to drive growth. We are increasingly recognising the value to our business of having people with local cultural understanding and languages across the world, based alongside the English-speaking core of the organisation.

 

Operational aspects of the integration programme are continuing. In areas like Finance, HR, IT and management, we are already achieving cost synergies and best practice. Areas for rationalisation remain. For example, we still have two CRMs, two back offices and two sets of associated systems. This duplication will be addressed.

 

We have already identified synergies in Stock Exchange listing costs, the Board, management overhead and the rationalisation of property. These synergies should realise in the region of £1.3m in FY2016 on a fully annualised basis. We expect more cost synergies to follow as we progress the integration and we combine some back office functions.

 

We have chosen to re-invest some of these cost synergies to improve the business and accelerate future growth. We are investing to improve connectivity in some regional offices to support long term growth, as well as strengthening functional management in some areas. We are building on our existing strong business development capability and we expect to see sales synergies come through in FY2016, although early-stage progress, such as on joint bids, is already highly encouraging.

 

In addition, we are currently undertaking in-depth research to better understand the positioning and value that our brands currently have in their individual markets. This will ultimately enable us to reduce costs and maximise growth by taking our strongest brands forward.

 

Culture and values

In my view, the most important work currently underway is our initiative to link culture and values across and through every level of the organisation. Cultural integration is vital to our long-term success, so we are taking this process extremely seriously, carrying out a worldwide series of workshops and "get-to-know-you" sessions as important precursors to, and catalysts for, seamless integration.

 

Performance

This year the Group has delivered NFI of £54.8m, with both Matchtech and Networkers delivering broadly at the same level as the same period last year. Our ability to effectively manage our costs base has led to a 10% growth in adjusted profit before taxation from the existing businesses to £13.8m, before the beneficial impact of Networkers' four months' contribution of £1.9m in the period.

 

The acquisition now gives us a platform to push on and continue to grow into a global marketplace. On behalf of the Board I would like to thank all our dedicated staff, contractors and candidates for their contribution to the business this year.

 

 

Outlook

The 2016 financial year has started well, in-line with management's expectations, with many buoyant markets across the Group's core sectors.

 

In engineering, particularly encouraging is the continued progress in the Infrastructure division where relationships with key multi-national clients will be expanded internationally, as well as in the Automotive, Aerospace and Maritime markets. In Energy, the Group now enjoys a strong position in the growing European renewables arena. The Telecoms sector is also performing well, fueled by clients investing in 4G and converged service offerings. The newly combined IT team is well placed to take advantage of strong demand.

 

We are delivering cost synergies in areas including listing costs, the Board, management and property, with the remainder of the envisaged synergies on track for FY2017. A portion of the savings will be used to make investments in sales and marketing, regional management and connectivity for some international offices, to increase the focus on large major accounts and to optimize operational efficiency.

 

The Group has a good new business pipeline and signs of sales synergies are coming through, with early joint bids progressing well. We are now in a position to pursue more larger-scale relationships and have identified opportunities across multiple geographies and disciplines in our three verticals. A number of staff have already been selected to relocate to international offices to accelerate the growth opportunities.

 

Looking ahead, we regard all international locations to be a huge opportunity to advance our activities in local and regional markets across the world and are planning for substantial growth over the next few years.

 

We believe the high engagement levels of our exceptional people will continue to underpin the lasting loyalty of clients and candidates alike, delivering enhanced shareholder value and improved returns.

 

I am optimistic about the future prospects for the Group and look forward to strong growth in all our markets based on the truly global scale and the greater brand awareness that comes with leadership status.

Brian Wilkinson

Chief Executive Officer



 

Operational Review

 

Engineering
This was a solid period for Engineering, during which we delivered 6% growth in NFI to £28.7m (2014: £27.1m). Contract NFI grew 2% to £23.1m (2014: £22.6m) and permanent fees were up 24% to £5.6m (2014: £4.5m).

 

Engineering comprises six clearly defined divisions, enabling us to keep niche specialisation in each of our markets. The structure also enables us to react quicker than ever before to emerging changes in individual markets, allowing us to maximise opportunities for growth in particular sectors or to respond to challenges in others.

 

From the engineering perspective, the addition of Networkers' energy and engineering business is a tremendous advance thanks to the new internationalism of its market place and its success in a broad range of niches that are mainly complementary to those already established within Matchtech.

 

Infrastructure

Our Infrastructure Division, which focuses on primarily UK-based projects in environmental & water engineering, highways, transportation & planning, property and rail sectors, had a highly successful year with significant NFI growth in both contract and permanent recruitment.

 

We supported major players in many key infrastructure projects, including the Thames Tideway Tunnel (due to start construction in 2016) and the HS2 high-speed rail link between London, Birmingham, the North West and Yorkshire (with first-phase construction starting in 2017). Other major projects include the new M8 scheme, part of a major programme of improvement to Scotland's motorway network, and the M1 smart motorway scheme, which has been underway since 2013.

 

While the completion of the water industry's AMP5 capital investment framework period meant demand for engineers lessened somewhat during the year, decline was not as marked as in the previous AMP interregnums. We are now active in meeting the new recruitment demand stimulated by the commencement of AMP6, which runs from 2015 to 2020.

 

Maritime

Very strong growth in permanent placement in the maritime sector contributed to a highly successful year, during which we expanded our international focus with particular emphasis on clients in Canada.

 

This focus culminated with a contract to work on the Canadian National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy, where the government selected two shipyards to rebuild Canada's naval (in Halifax, Nova Scotia) and coast guard fleets (in Vancouver) with packages of work worth a combined $33 billion. This is an extremely exciting development for Matchtech, and we are confident that our increased international presence will enable further relationships of this kind in the future.

 

In the UK, the Maritime division worked closely throughout the year with BAE Systems on the major ongoing projects to build and supply the Royal Navy's new Type 26 Frigate (the Global Combat Ship) and the Successor programme.

 

Energy

Issues around the falling price of oil and other fossil-based fuels have inevitably had an impact upon recruitment numbers among traditional energy and resources companies across the world.

 

However, the Networkers acquisition has given us a very strong foothold in the fast-growing and increasingly significant renewable energy sector, particularly in areas like offshore wind power in Europe. So while we are poised to respond as and when exploration and production activities in the traditional energy sector increase once again, we are placing a much greater emphasis on exploiting our expertise in renewable energy.

 

Automotive

Our decision to downsize our German operation during the year was balanced by a substantial increase in our UK OEM business, which was driven in particular by our increasingly close and broad-based relationship with Jaguar Land Rover.

 

The global nature of the automotive industry has in the past restricted our ability to service the wider recruitment needs of major manufacturers. Now, with an international presence that will increasingly match the industry's worldwide footprint, we are well positioned to grow this business segment in the years to come.

 

Aerospace

The division underwent a major shift in emphasis during the year, as we responded to changing patterns in client demand. Across the industry, focus in the production cycle has moved from a primarily design-led phase to manufacturing, significantly altering the type of engineering personnel that aerospace companies are seeking.

 

As a result, we too moved our primary attention away from the declining contract opportunities to concentrate on the more in-demand high-margin and permanent positions that clients need to fill. In doing so, we successfully protected our position in a largely flat market.

 

General Engineering

This was a very successful year for our General Engineering division, particularly for skilled and semi-skilled placements throughout the South and reaching as far as the west of London. Growth was particularly strong on the permanent side of the business.

 

Professional Services

Professional services delivered a solid performance, its results being affected by the closure of the Barclay Meade London operation.

 

NFI for the year was down 7% to £16.6m (2014: £17.9m) with Contract NFI of £10.0m (2014: £10.2m) was down 2% and Permanent Fees of £6.6m (2014: £7.7m) down 14%.

 

Excluding Barclay Meade London, results of the continuing operations were total NFI of £15.1m (2014: £15.6m) was 3% down, with Contract NFI broadly similar at £9.6m (2014: £9.7m) and Permanent Fees of £5.5m (2014: £5.9m) were 7% down.

 

Connectus

The Connectus IT recruitment business had a varied year, with strong performance in both our corporate account client base and within our core ERP business area, offset by challenges faced in growing NFI in our other specialist markets.

 

The corporate accounts team was able to deliver an effective and profitable service, with high fulfilment and 800 placements across the year, retaining a place on the NHS framework, which will allow us to further enhance our position as a top 10 supplier of IT contractors to the NHS. The team also served as a vital support function to key Group engineering clients.

 

The development of the specialist markets including software, project management and IT infrastructure was challenging, however, we saw significant contract wins with a number of technology, professional services and engineering clients which will fuel growth across FY2016.

 

We have realigned our staff, focusing them on talent pooling which has strengthened our ability to source difficult-to-find candidates. The structure in place has allowed a rapid and seamless integration of the Connectus and Networkers businesses, where the teams will complement rather than compete with each other.

 

Barclay Meade

As an important step in delivering against our Group strategy, we reviewed our position within the professional staffing market, announced in April 2015.

 

We have a strong profitable business based in our head office in Whiteley, Hampshire, operating largely within the engineering and technology markets, where there is significant cross-over with the Group's client base, and covering the disciplines of procurement & supply chain, finance & accountancy, sales & marketing and HR.

 

However, the Board believed that our London operation, which serviced other markets, has not, as a whole, gained enough traction to be viable over the medium term. Accordingly, during the second half of the year, we closed this part of the business.

 

This decision is now enabling us to focus on expanding our scope within the engineering and technology markets, whilst also supporting our Group strategy to "move up the value chain" through concentrating on mid to high level placements. This focus is not only our best area of return within a highly competitive market place, but also enables us to place individuals into strategically important roles within the Group's client base.

 

Alderwood

During the year we diversified our product offering, putting a larger emphasis on engineering and technical training professionals. This has allowed us to utilise the Group's client and candidate base whilst also working to support the number of candidates gaining the skills and qualifications to enter industries with significant skills shortages.

 

We also internationalised our offering, working with education providers in regions such as the Middle East to help them with the delivery of teaching in areas including English, maths and IT, as well as general engineering, construction and the service sector. This will be a major focus moving forward as the Saudi Arabian government continues to put significant investment into up-skilling the population as part of its 5 year education plan. We also shifted the emphasis of our UK recruitment business to focus on a technical and vocational product offering.

 

 

 

Networkers International

 

About Networkers

Networkers International is a global specialist recruitment company delivering bespoke recruitment services to some of the world's leading organisations, supplying clients with highly skilled staff on a permanent and temporary basis locally, regionally and internationally in the telecoms; IT and energy & engineering sectors.

 

Trading for the 4 months to 31 July 2015 was in line with the same period last year generating NFI of £9.5m (2014: £9.5m), with contract NFI of £7.0m up 3% and permanent fees of £2.5m down 7%.

 

Telecommunications

Networkers International has been providing recruitment services to the telecommunications sector for over 15 years and during this time has become a market leader in providing skilled technical resource to the industry's leading vendors, operators and service providers with an emphasis on the emerging markets of Africa, Asia and Latin America.

 

Networkers provides a full talent management service for mobile, wireless and fixed line telecoms clients. With its international footprint, Networkers is able to offer its services both locally as well as internationally through its 10 international offices, providing cross border recruitment services to our telecoms clients in over 100 countries.

Similar to Matchtech, Networkers' consultants have specialised in very niche vertical markets over many years and this means clients benefit from access to an unrivalled candidate talent pool.

 

The telecoms sector is an extremely dynamic and evolving sector which provides significant opportunities for growth for the Group, particularly within the emerging markets where communication infrastructure is less advanced and where the Group has been operating for many years.

 

The industry is going through a rapid period of innovation and change with the convergence of technologies within mobile telecoms and IT, utilising 4G networks. This has led to investment being made within the sector in exciting converging areas such as Cloud, Internet of Things, mobile broadcasting, smart metering etc. which are all reliant on robust, fast and efficient means of communication. Networkers is already focused on providing resources into these markets and well placed to benefit from the continued investment being made in such converging technologies.

 

IT

Due to the innovative and ever-changing nature of the IT industry, there remains a high demand for candidates in specialist technologies where skill shortages are greatest and therefore demand from clients is strongest. Networkers IT divisions provides highly skilled resources for permanent and contract positions globally. The IT division is structured to specialise in niche skillsets which means its teams have a strong understanding of their clients' needs. By working with a pool of specialist candidates, they can quickly select skilled professionals who will be the right match for a client's environment.

 

As a result of the convergence within mobile communications detailed above, Networkers' IT division works closely with its telecommunications counterparts to benefit from opportunities that this convergence presents. Additionally, the division has developed service offerings within new growth markets globally including big data, cloud technologies and digital media whilst continuing to develop its core markets in ERP, development, management and infrastructure.

Whilst the core IT business has been largely developed in the UK market, Networkers continues to develop its IT presence within selective international markets. Investment in teams in the US, Middle East and Asia mean the IT business is well placed to grow its overseas market presence.

 

Energy & Engineering

Networkers' Energy & Engineering division continues to show impressive growth rates despite the slowdown in the oil and gas sector. This is due to the specialist nature of its services, together with a strong focus on renewable energy.

 

Within renewable energy, Networkers principally service the European wind sector supplying the industry with both permanent and contract blue and white-collar engineering resources. Networkers has been trading in this sub-sector since 2009 and has built up a solid reputation servicing some of the largest operators in the industry.

 

The European wind sector has been growing at a rate of around 10% per annum over the past 5 years and the growth rate is set to increase over the years leading up to 2020.

 

Networkers is not only well placed to continue its strong growth within the European sector, but also further afield in Asia and the Americas. As these markets begin to grow, we will export our knowledge and services via our international office footprint. This international network also provides an office infrastructure for the Matchtech Energy and Engineering division to expand into.

 

Networkers engage with clients at all stages of the life cycle - from development, Front End Engineering Design, procurement, construction, installation, commissioning, operations and maintenance, and integrity management.

Chief Financial Officers Report

 

Excellent financial position provides substantial investment headroom to implement growth strategy

The Networkers acquisition in April 2015 has transformed the Group's future, accelerating our "go global" (now "think global") strategy more rapidly and with less associated risk than an alternative organic approach.

 

Following the acquisition, for a 50% cash consideration of £29.2m with the balance funded by Group shares, and the assumption of £8.4m of Networkers' debt, we continue to be in a stable and strong financial position. With net debt at 31 July 2015 of £33.6m, our £95m facility with HSBC ensures that we have the headroom to make any necessary investments in the strength, reach and quality of our national and international networks.

 

We have seen an immediate positive impact from the coming together of two highly cash-generative and culturally aligned businesses, generating £20.8m in cash from operating activities.

 

Altogether, our growing financial strength and excellent funding facilities have enabled us to continue our progressive dividend policy.

 

Performance

Revenue of £502.3m (2014: £451.6m) generated Net Fee Income (NFI) of £54.8m (2014: £45.0m).

 

NFI can be analysed as follows:

 







Change vs. comparable period

Combined Group

FY 2014

H1 2015

H2 2015

FY 2015


H1 2015

H2 2015

FY 2015


£m

£m

£m

£m





Contract NFI

32.8

16.3

23.8

40.1


+3%

+41%

+22%

Permanent NFI

12.2

6.2

8.5

14.7


+0%

+42%

+20%

Total NFI

45.0

22.5

32.3

54.8


+2%

+41%

+22%





















Change vs. comparable period

Matchtech

FY 2014

H1 2015

H2 2015

FY 2015


H1 2015

H2 2015

FY 2015

Contract

£m

£m

£m

£m





Engineering

22.6

11.3

11.8

23.1


+3%

+2%

+2%

Professional Services

10.2

5.0

5.0

10.0


+2%

-6%

-2%

Total Contract NFI

32.8

16.3

16.8

33.1


+3%

-1%

+1%

 

Permanent









Engineering

4.5

2.7

2.9

5.6


+17%

+32%

+24%

Professional Services

7.7

3.5

3.1

6.6


-10%

-18%

-14%

Total Permanent NFI

12.2

6.2

6.0

12.2


0%

0%

+0%










Total NFI

45.0

22.5

22.8

45.3


+2%

+0%

+1%























Change vs. comparable period

Networkers (4 months)

 4 mths 2014*


4 mths

2015

4 mths

FY 2015



H2 2015

FY 2015


£m


£m

£m





Contract NFI

6.8


7.0

7.0



+3%

+3%

Permanent NFI

2.7


2.5

2.5



-7%

-7%

Total NFI

9.5


9.5

9.5



+0%

+0%

*Prior to ownership by the Group not included in Combined Group total above

 

 

Contract NFI of £40.1m (2014: £32.8m) was delivered at a margin of 8.2% (2014: 7.5%), and permanent recruitment fees were £14.7m (2014: £12.2m). Gross margins rose to 10.9% (2014: 10.0%).

 

The following results include a maiden 4 months' contribution from Networkers trading in the period and adjusted results exclude acquisition costs of £1.7m, non-recurring costs of £1.0m and amortisation of acquired intangibles of £1.7m (2014: £0.7m).

 

Adjusted EBITA was up 24%, to £16.8m (2014: £13.6m), reflecting a NFI conversion rate of 31% (2014: 30%). Adjusted profit before tax of £15.7m was up 25% (2014: £12.6m).

 

Adjusted basic earnings of 45.3 pence per share rose 16% (2014: 39.2 pence) with adjusted diluted earnings per share of 43.3 pence up 17% (2014: 37.1 pence).

 

Further details on the trading and the acquisition can be found in Note 2 to the Financial Statements: Segmental Information and Note 10: Acquisition.

 

Dividends paid

In the year the Group paid a final dividend of 14.59 pence per share on 5 December 2014 and an interim dividend of 5.68 pence per share on 19 June 2015 totalling £5.4m in the year.

 

Effective tax rate

The Group's effective tax rate (ETR) has increased from 23.6% to 26.2%. The nature of Networkers international business leads to a higher average corporate tax rate than the UK standard rate. Withholding taxes, which are managed through increased gross margins charged to clients, also increase the ETR. It is expected that in FY2016 the ETR will increase due to a full year of Networkers contribution. Further details on the effective tax rate are detailed in Note 8 to the Financial Statements: Taxation.

 

Tangible and intangible assets

Capital expenditure, in the year, including tangible assets and software, was £0.9m (2014: £0.3m). Tangible assets at 31 July 2015 of £1.5m (2014: £1.3m) consist of the Group's motor fleet, office equipment, leasehold improvements and computer equipment.

 

Intangible assets at 31 July 2015 were £52.6m (2014: £3.7m), details of which are shown in Note 11 to the Financial Statements.

 

Working capital, cash flow and net debt

Debtor days of the combined Group at the year-end were 49 days (31 July 2014: 46), Matchtech 44 days; Networkers 64 days. Net cash from trading activities was £20.8m (2014: £15.7m) with an operating cash conversion of 124% (2014: 115%).

 

Net debt at 31 July 2015 was £33.6m (31 July 2014: £3.1m), consisting of a working capital facility of £9.2m (2014: £3.3m), bank term loan £28.6m (2014: £nil), bank overdrafts £nil (2014: £0.4m) less cash £4.0m (2014: £0.6m) and capitalised finance costs £0.2m (2014: £nil). The movement in net debt can be analysed as follows:

 

 

H1 2015

H2 2015

FY 2015

 

£m

£m

£m

At start of period

(3.1)

(1.9)

(3.1)

Dividends paid

(3.6)

(1.8)

(5.4)

Net cash from trading activities1

6.9

13.9

20.8

Capital expenditure, interest and tax

(2.1)

(3.5)

(5.6)

Acquisition

 

(29.2)

(29.2)

Acquisition & Integration costs

 

(2.7)

(2.7)

Networkers trading debt at acquisition

 

(8.4)

(8.4)

At end of period

(1.9)

(33.6)

(33.6)

 

1 Adjusted EBITA plus working capital and non-cash items

 

Banking facilities

As at 31 July 2015 the Group has agreed banking facilities of £95m with HSBC consisting of a £65m Invoice Financing Facility, with borrowings at 1.1% over HSBC bank base rate and a £30m three year term loan.

 

Net assets and shares in issue

At 31 July 2015 the Group had net assets of £76.5m (2014: £42.7m) and had 30.9m fully paid ordinary shares in issue (2014: 25.0m).

 

Critical accounting policies

The Statement of Significant Accounting Policies is set out in Note 1 to the Financial Statements.

 

Group financial risk management

The Board reviews and agrees policies for managing financial risks. The Group's finance function is responsible for managing investment and funding requirements including banking and cash flow monitoring. It seeks to ensure that adequate liquidity exists at all times in order to meet its cash requirements.

 

The Group's financial instruments comprise borrowings, cash and various items, such as trade receivables and trade payables that arise from its operations and some matching forward foreign exchange contracts. The main purpose of these financial instruments is to finance the Group's operations. The Group does not trade in financial instruments. The main risks arising from the Group's financial instruments are described below.

 

 

 

 

Liquidity and interest rate risk

The Group had net debt of £33.6m at the year end, comprising £37.6m debt less £4.0m cash. The Group's exposure to market risk for changes in interest rates relates primarily to the Group's bank loan and sales financing facility debt obligations. Bank interest is charged on a floating rate basis.

 

Credit risk

The Group trades only with recognised, creditworthy third parties. The international aspect of the acquisition of Networkers does increase the credit risk of the Group. Receivable balances are monitored on an on-going basis with the result that the Group's Board feels that the exposure to bad debts is not significant.

 

There are no significant concentrations of credit risk within the Group, with no single debtor accounting for more than 3% (2014: 9%) of total receivables balances at 31 July 2015.

 

Foreign currency risk

Following the acquisition of Networkers in April 2015 around 30% of the Group's annualised NFI is generated from overseas markets. The Group does have risks to both its reported performance and cash position arising from the effects of exchange rate fluctuations.

 



 

Consolidated Income Statement

For the year ended 31 July 2015

 

 


Note

2015
£'000

2014
£'000

Revenue

2

502,293

451,591

Cost of sales


(447,474)

(406,609)

GROSS PROFIT

2

54,819

44,982

Administrative expenses


(42,459)

 (32,024)

PROFIT FROM OPERATIONS

3

12,360

 12,958

Profit from operations before amortisation of acquired intangibles and non-recurring costs


16,750

13,621

Non-recurring costs included within administrative expenses

3

(2,710)

-

Amortisation of acquired intangibles

3

(1,680)

(663)

Finance cost

5

(1,074)

(1,015)

PROFIT BEFORE TAX


11,286

 11,943

Taxation

8

(2,959)

 (2,821)

PROFIT FOR THE YEAR


8,327

9,122

Attributable to:




Equity holders of the parent


8,311

9,122

Non-controlling interests


16

-



8,327

9,122

 

All of the activities of the Group are classed as continuing.

 

EARNINGS PER ORDINARY SHARE





Note

2015
pence

2014
pence

Basic

9

31.0

37.0

Diluted

9

29.6

35.0

 

Statement of Comprehensive Income

For the year ended 31 July 2015


2015
£'000

2014
£'000

PROFIT FOR THE YEAR

8,327

9,122

OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME



Items that may be classified to profit or loss:

Exchange differences on retranslation of foreign operations

(109)

120

OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME FOR THE YEAR

(109)

120

TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE INCOME FOR THE YEAR

8,218

9,242

Attributable to:



Equity holders of the parent

8,202

9,242

Non-controlling interests

16

-


8,218

9,242

 



 

Statement of Changes in Equity

For the year ended 31 July 2015

A) Group


Share
 capital
 £'000

Share
premium
£'000

Merger
 reserve
£'000

Share
 based
payment
reserve
£'000

Translation
of foreign
operations
£'000

Retained
earnings
 £'000

Non-
controlling
interests
£'000

Total
£'000

At 1 August 2013

236

3,231

224

1,094

(31)

27,568

 -

32,322










Profit for the year

-

-

-

-

-

9,122

 -

9,122

Other comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

120

-

-

120

Total comprehensive income

 -

 -

 -

 -

120

9,122

 -

9,242










Dividends paid in the year

-

-

-

-

-

 (4,516)

 -

 (4,516)

Deferred tax movement re share options

-

-

-

-

-

 109

 -

 109

IFRS 2 charge

-

-

-

 1,335

-

-

-

 1,335

IFRS 2 reserves transfer

-

-

-

 (808)

-

 808

 -

 -

Shares issued

14

4,157

-

-

-

-

-

4,171

Transactions with owners

 14

 4,157

 -

 527

 -

 (3,599)

 -

 1,099










At 31 July 2014

250

 7,388

 224

 1,621

 89

 33,091

 -

 42,663










At 1 August 2014

 250

 7,388

 224

 1,621

 89

 33,091

 -

 42,663










Profit for the year

-

-

-

-

-

 8,311

 16

 8,327

Other comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

 (109)

-

-

 (109)

Total comprehensive income

 -

 -

 -

 -

 (109)

 8,311

 16

 8,218










Dividends paid in the year

-

-

-

-

-

 (5,382)

-

 (5,382)

Deferred tax movement re share options

-

-

-

-

-

174

-

174

IFRS 2 charge

-

-

-

1,623

-

-

-

1,623

IFRS 2 reserves transfer

-

-

-

 (1,104)

-

 1,104

 -

 -

Reacquisition of non-controlling interest

-

-

-

-

-

(650)

-

(650)

Shares issued

59

 1,306

28,526

-

-

-

-

 29,891

Transactions with owners

59

 1,306

 28,526

 519

 -

 (4,754)

 -

 25,656










At 31 July 2015

 309

 8,694

 28,750

 2,140

 (20)

 36,648

 16

 76,537

 



 

B) Company


Share
 capital
 £'000

Share
 premium
 £'000

 

 

Merger reserve

£'000

Share
 based
payment
reserve
£'000

 Retained
earnings
£'000

 Total
£'000

At 1 August 2013

 236

 3,231

-

 1,094

 1,771

 6,332








Profit and total comprehensive income for the year

 -

 -

-

 -

 3,345

 3,345








Dividends paid in the year

 -

 -

-

 -

 (4,516)

 (4,516)

IFRS 2 charge

-

 -

-

 1,335

 -

 1,335

IFRS 2 reserves transfer

 -

 -

-

 (808)

 808

 -

Shares issued

14

 4,157

-

 -

 -

 4,171

Transactions with owners

14

 4,157

-

 527

 (3,708)

 990








At 31 July 2014

250

 7,388

-

 1,621

 1,408

 10,667








At 1 August 2014

250

 7,388

-

 1,621

 1,408

 10,667








Profit and total comprehensive income for the year

-

-

-

-

 3,482

 3,482








Dividends paid in the year

 -

 -

-

 -

 (5,382)

 (5,382)

IFRS 2 charge

-

 -

-

 1,623

 -

 1,623

IFRS 2 reserves transfer

 -

 -

-

 (1,104)

 1,104

 -

Shares issued

59

 1,306

28,526

 -

 -

 29,891

Transactions with owners

59

 1,306

28,526

 519

 (4,278)

 26,132








At 31 July 2015

309

 8,694

28,526

 2,140

 612

 40,281

 



 

 

Statement of Financial Position

For the year ended 31 July 2015

 

 


Group

Company


Note

2015
£'000

2014
£'000

2015
£'000

2014
£'000

NON-CURRENT ASSETS






Intangible assets

11

 52,230

 3,704

 -

 -

Property, plant and equipment

12

 1,535

 1,328

 -

 -

Investments

13

 -

 -

 5,676

 3,403

Deferred tax asset

14

1,237

 388

 -

 -

Total Non-Current Assets


 55,002

 5,420

 5,676

 3,403

CURRENT ASSETS






Trade and other receivables

15

 98,897

 72,248

 72,135

 9,414

Cash and cash equivalents


 3,997

 569

 -

 39

Total Current Assets


102,894

 72,817

 72,135

 9,453

TOTAL ASSETS


 157,896

 78,237

 77,811

 12,856

NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES






Deferred tax liability

14

(4,967)

-

-

-

Provisions

16

 (278)

 (278)

 -

 -

Bank loans and overdrafts

22

(28,608)

-

(28,608)

-

Total Non-Current Liabilities


 (33,853)

 (278)

 (28,608)

 -

CURRENT LIABILITIES






Trade and other payables

17

 (37,562)

 (30,112)

 (8,922)

 (2,189)

Current tax liability


 (911)

 (1,506)

 -

 -

Bank loans and overdrafts

22

 (9,033)

 (3,678)

  -

 -

Total Current Liabilities


(47,506)

 (35,296)

 (8,922)

 (2,189)

TOTAL LIABILITIES


(81,359)

 (35,574)

 (37,530)

 (2,189)

NET ASSETS


 76,537

 42,663

 40,281

 10,667

EQUITY






Called-up equity share capital

20

 309

 250

 309

 250

Share premium account


 8,694

 7,388

 8,694

 7,388

Merger reserve


 28,750

 224

 28,526

 -

Share based payment reserve


 2,140

 1,621

 2,140

 1,621

Translation of foreign operations


 (20)

 89

 -

 -

Retained earnings


 36,648

 33,091

 612

 1,408

TOTAL EQUITY ATTRIBUTABLE TO EQUITY HOLDERS OF THE PARENT


 76,521

 42,663

40,281

 10,667

Non-controlling interests


 16

 -

 -

 -

TOTAL EQUITY


 76,537

 42,663

 40,281

 10,667

 

These financial statements were approved by the Board of Directors on 29 October 2015, and signed on their behalf by:

 

 

 

Tony Dyer

Chief Financial Officer



 

Consolidated Cash flow Statement

For the year ended 31 July 2015

 

 

 

Group

Company


2015
£'000

2014
£'000

2015
£'000

2014
 £'000

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES





Profit after taxation

8,327

 9,122

 3,482

 3,345

Adjustments for:





Depreciation and amortisation

2,696

 1,385

 -

 -

(Profit)/loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment

(13)

 18

 -

 -

Finance cost

1,074

 1,015

 -

 -

Taxation expense recognised in profit and loss

2,959

 2,821

 -

 -

Decrease/(increase) in trade and other receivables

12,524

 (1,896)

 4,101

 (4,501)

(Decrease)/increase in trade and other payables

 (11,157)

 1,906

 6,733

 1,501

Share based payment charge

1,623

 1,335

 -

 -

Investment income

-

 -

 (4,250)

 (4,500)

Cash generated from operations

 18,033

 15,706

 10,066

 (4,155)

Interest paid

 (848)

 (642)

 -

 -

Income taxes paid

(3,965)

 (2,809)

        -  

 -

NET CASH FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES

13,220

 12,255

 10,066

 (4,155)

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES





Purchase of property, plant and equipment

 (524)

 (293)

 -

 -

Purchase of intangible assets

(387)

 (10)

 -

 -

Acquisitions net of cash received

(37,587)

(4,170)

(37,587)

-

Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment

58

 19

 -

 -

Dividends received

 -

 -

 4,250

 4,500

NET CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES

(38,440)

 (4,454)

 (33,337)

 4,500

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES





Proceeds from issue of share capital

6

 4,171

 6

 4,171

Drawdown of term loan

28,608

-

28,608

-

Dividends paid

(5,382)

 (4,516)

 (5,382)

 (4,516)

NET CASH FROM/(USED IN) FINANCING

 23,232

 (345)

 23,232

 (345)

Effects of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents

 (143)

 20

 -

 -

NET (DECREASE)/INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

 (2,131)

 7,476

 (39)

 -

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT BEGINNING OF YEAR

 (3,109)

 (10,585)

 39

 39

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END OF YEAR

 (5,240)

 (3,109)

-

 39

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS





Cash

 3,997

 569

 -

 39

Bank overdrafts

(14)

 (332)

 -

 -

Working capital facility used (note 22)

 (9,223)

 (3,346)

 -

 -

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS IN CASH FLOW STATEMENTS

(5,240)

 (3,109)

-

 39



 

Notes forming part of the financial statements

1 The Group and Company Significant Accounting Policies

i The Business and Address of the Group

Matchtech Group plc is a human capital resources business dealing with contract and permanent recruitment in the private and public sectors. The Company is incorporated in the United Kingdom. The Group's address is: Matchtech Group plc, 1450 Parkway, Whiteley, Fareham PO15 7AF.

ii Basis of Preparation of the Financial Statements

The financial statements have been prepared in accordance with applicable International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as adopted by the European Union (EU) and which are effective at 31 July 2015 and with those parts of the Companies Act 2006 applicable to companies reporting under IFRS.

These financial statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention. The accounting policies have been applied consistently throughout both the Group and the Company for the purposes of preparation of these financial statements. A summary of the principal accounting policies of the Group are set out below.

The consolidated financial statements are presented in Sterling. Additional analysis of administration expenses has been provided in the consolidated income statement. This has not resulted in any restatement of the 2014 consolidated income statement.

iii Going Concern        

The Directors have reviewed forecasts and budgets for the coming year, which have been drawn up with appropriate regard for the current macroeconomic environment and the particular circumstances in which the Group operates. These were prepared with reference to historical and current industry knowledge, taking future strategy of the Group into account. As a result, at the time of approving the financial statements, the Directors consider that the Company and the Group have sufficient resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future, and accordingly, that it is appropriate to adopt the going concern basis in the preparation of the financial statements. As with all business forecasts, the Directors cannot guarantee that the going concern basis will remain appropriate given the inherent uncertainty about future events.

iv New Standards and Interpretations

These following standards and amendments to existing standards are applicable for the period ending 31 July 2015:

Standard


Effective date
(Annual periods beginning on or after)

IAS 27

Separate Financial Statements

1 January 2014

IAS 28

Associates and Joint Ventures

1 January 2014

IFRS 10

Consolidated Financial Statements

1 January 2014

IFRS 11

Joint Arrangements

1 January 2014

IFRS 12

Disclosure of Interests in Other Entities

1 January 2014

 

The adoption of the above standards has had no material impact on the financial statements.

New Standards in Issue, Not Yet Effective

The following relevant standards, amendments to existing standards and Interpretations, which are new and yet to become mandatory, have not been applied in the Group financial statements.         

Standard


Effective date
(Annual periods beginning on or after)

IAS 19

Defined Benefit Plans: Employee Contributions

1 February 2015

IFRS 11

Joint Arrangements

1 January 2016

IFRS 14

Regulatory Deferral Accounts

1 January 2016

IAS 27

Equity Method in Separate Financial Statements

1 January 2016

IFRS 9

Fair Values

1 January 2016

IFRS 15

Revenue

1 January 2016

IFRS improvements

Various

Various

 

Based on the Group's current business model and accounting policies, the Directors do not expect material impacts on the figures in the Group's financial statements when the interpretations become effective.

The Group does not intend to apply any of these pronouncements early.

v Basis of Consolidation          

The Group financial statements consolidate those of the Company and all of its subsidiary undertakings drawn up to the Statement of Financial Position date. Subsidiaries are entities controlled by the Group. The Group controls an entity when it is exposed to, or has rights to, variable returns through its involvement with an entity and it has the ability to affect those returns through its power over the entity. The financial statements of subsidiaries are included in the consolidated financial statements from the date that control commences until the date that control ceases.

Acquisitions of subsidiaries are dealt with by the purchase method. The purchase method involves the recognition at fair value of all identifiable assets and liabilities, including contingent liabilities of the subsidiary, at the acquisition date, regardless of whether or not they were recorded in the financial statements of the subsidiary prior to acquisition. On initial recognition, the assets and liabilities of the subsidiary are included in the Group Statement of Financial Position at their fair values, which are also used as the bases for subsequent measurement in accordance with Group accounting policies.

Transactions between Group companies are eliminated on consolidation.

vi Revenue

Revenue is measured by reference to the fair value of consideration received or receivable by the Group for services provided, excluding VAT and trade discounts. Revenue on temporary placements is recognised upon receipt of a client approved timesheet or equivalent. Revenue from permanent placements, which is based on a percentage of the candidate's remuneration package, is recognised when candidates commence employment, at which point it is probable that the economic benefits associated with the transaction will be transferred. Fees for the provision of engineering services are recognised on completion of work performed in accordance with customer contracts. Other fees are recognised on confirmation from the client committing to the agreement.

vii Non-recurring Items

Non-recurring items are items that are unusual because of their size, nature or incidence and are presented within the consolidated income statement but highlighted through separate disclosure. The Group's Directors consider that these items should be separately identified within the income statement to enable a true and fair understanding of the Group's results.    

Items which are included within this category include:

•   costs of acquisitions;

•   integration costs of acquisitions;

•   significant restructuring costs;

•   other particularly significant or unusual items.

viii Property, Plant and Equipment

Property, plant and equipment is stated at cost, net of depreciation and any provision for impairment.

Depreciation is calculated so as to write off the cost of an asset, less its estimated residual value, over the useful economic life of that asset in terms of annual depreciation as follows:

Motor vehicles

25.0%

Reducing balance

Fixtures, Fittings and Office equipment

12.5% to 33.0%

Straight line

Leasehold Improvements

Over the period of the lease term


 

Residual value estimates are updated as required, but at least annually, whether or not the asset is revalued.

ix Intangible Assets

Goodwill         

Goodwill arises on the acquisition of subsidiaries and represents the excess of the fair value of the consideration given for a business over the Company's interest in the fair value of the net identifiable assets, liabilities and contingent liabilities of the acquiree. Goodwill is stated at cost less accumulated impairment.

Goodwill is allocated to cash-generating units and is not amortised, but is tested at least annually for impairment. For the purpose of impairment testing, goodwill acquired in a business acquisition is allocated to each of the cash generating units (CGUs), or groups of CGUs that is expected to benefit from the synergies of the combination. Each unit or group of units to which the goodwill is allocated represents the lowest level within the entity at which the goodwill is monitored for internal management purposes. Goodwill is monitored at the operating segment level.

Goodwill impairment reviews are undertaken annually or more frequently if events or changes in circumstances indicate a potential impairment. The carrying value of goodwill is compared to the recoverable amount, which is the higher of value in use and fair value less costs to sell. Any impairment is recognised immediately as an expense and is not subsequently reversed. Gains and losses on the disposal of an entity include the carrying amount of goodwill relating to the entity sold.

Expenditure on internally generated goodwill, brands and intangibles is expensed in the Income Statement when incurred.

Intangible Assets

Software Licences

Acquired computer software licences are capitalised on the basis of the costs incurred to acquire and bring into use the specific software. These costs are amortised using the straight line method to allocate the cost of the software licences over their useful lives of between 2 and 5 years. Software licences are stated at cost less accumulated amortisation.           

Customer relationships

Acquired customer relationships comprise principally of existing customer relationships which may give rise to future orders (customer relationships), and existing order books (backlog orders). Acquired customer relationships are recognised at fair value at the acquisition date and have a finite useful life. Amortisation of customer relationships is amortised in line with the expected cashflows. Acquired customer relationships are stated at cost less accumulated amortisation and impairment. Backlog orders are recognised at fair value at the acquisition date and amortised in line with the expected cash flows. Backlog orders are stated at cost less accumulated amortisation and impairment. Customer relationships are amortised over their useful economic life of between 2 and 10 years.

Trade names and trademarks

Trade names and trademarks have arisen on the consolidation of acquired businesses and are recognised at fair value at the acquisition date. Where trade names and trademarks are considered to have a finite useful life, amortisation is calculated using the straight line method to allocate the cost of trade names and trademarks over their estimated useful lives. Where trade names and trademarks are considered to have an indefinite useful life, they are not subject to amortisation; they are tested annually for impairment and when there are indications that the carrying value may not be recoverable, detailed within the impairment of non-financial assets section below. Trade names and trademarks are stated at cost less accumulated amortisation and impairment. Trade names and trademarks are amortised over their useful economic life of between 2 and 11 years.

Other

Other intangible assets acquired by the Group that have a finite life useful life are measured at cost less accumulated amortisation and accumulated losses. Other intangibles are amortised over their useful economic life of between 2 and 5 years.

Amortisation of intangible assets is recognised in the income statement under administrative expenses. Provision is made against the carrying value of intangible assets where an impairment in value is deemed to have occurred. Impairment losses are recognised in the Income Statement under administrative expenses.

x Disposal of Assets

The gain or loss arising on the disposal of an asset is determined as the difference between the disposal proceeds and the carrying amount of the asset and is recognised in the Income Statement.

xi Operating Lease Agreements

Rentals applicable to operating leases are charged against profits on a straight line basis over the lease term. Lease incentives are spread over the term of the lease.

xii Taxation

Current tax is the tax currently payable based on taxable profit for the year.

Deferred income taxes are calculated using the liability method on temporary differences. Deferred tax is generally provided on the difference between the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities and their tax bases. However, deferred tax is not provided on the initial recognition of goodwill, nor on the initial recognition of an asset or liability unless the related transaction is a business combination or affects tax or accounting profit.

Deferred tax liabilities are provided in full, with no discounting. Deferred tax assets are recognised to the extent that it is probable that the underlying deductible temporary differences will be able to be offset against future taxable income. Current and deferred tax assets and liabilities are calculated at tax rates that are expected to apply to their respective period of realisation, provided they are enacted or substantively enacted at the Statement of Financial Position date.

Deferred tax on temporary differences associated with shares in subsidiaries is not provided if these temporary differences can be controlled by the Group and it is probable that reversal will not occur in the foreseeable future.

Changes in deferred tax assets or liabilities are recognised as a component of tax expense in the income statement, except where they relate to items that are charged or credited directly to equity (such as share-based payments) in which case the related deferred tax is also charged or credited directly to equity.

xiii Pension Costs

The Company operates defined contribution pension schemes for employees. The assets of these schemes are held separately from those of the Company. The annual contributions payable are charged to the Income Statement as they accrue.

xiv Share-based Payments

The transitional arrangements of IFRS 1 have been applied to all grants of equity instruments after 7 November 2002 that were unvested at 1 August 2006. All share-based remuneration is ultimately recognised as an expense in the Income Statement with a corresponding credit to "share-based payment reserve". All goods and services received in exchange for the grant of any share-based remuneration are measured at their fair values. Fair values of employee services are indirectly determined by reference to the fair value of the share options awarded. Their value is appraised at the grant date and excludes the impact of non-market vesting conditions (for example, profitability and sales growth targets). 

If vesting periods or other non-market vesting conditions apply, the expense is allocated over the vesting period, based on the best available estimate of the number of share options expected to vest. Estimates are subsequently revised if there is any indication that the number of share options expected to vest differs from previous estimates. Any cumulative adjustment prior to vesting is recognised in the current period. No adjustment is made to any expense recognised in prior periods if share options ultimately exercised are different to that estimated on vesting. Upon exercise of share options, proceeds received net of attributable transaction costs are credited to share capital and share premium.

The Company is the granting and settling entity in the group share-based payment arrangement where share options are granted to employees of its subsidiary companies. The Company recognises the share-based payment expense as an increase in the investment in subsidiary undertakings.

The Group operates a Share Incentive Plan (SIP) which is HMRC approved, and enables employees to purchase Company shares out of pre-tax salary. For each share purchased the Company grants an additional share at no cost to the employee. The expense in relation to these 'free' shares is recorded as employee remuneration and measured at fair value of the shares issued as at the date of grant.

xv Business Combinations Completed Prior to Date of Transition to IFRS

The Group has elected not to apply IFRS 3 Business Combinations retrospectively to business combinations prior to 1 August 2006.   

Accordingly the classification of the combination (merger) remains unchanged from that used under UK GAAP. Assets and liabilities are recognised as at the date of transition if they would be recognised under IFRS, and are measured using their UK GAAP carrying amount immediately post-acquisition as deemed cost under IFRS, unless IFRS requires fair value measurement. Deferred tax is adjusted for the impact of any consequential adjustments after taking advantage of the transitional provisions.

xvi Financial Assets

All financial assets are recognised when the Group becomes a party to the contractual provisions of the instrument. Financial assets are recognised at fair value plus transaction costs.

In the Company financial statements, investment in the subsidiary Company is measured at cost, and provision made where an impairment value is deemed to have occurred.

Loans and receivables are non-derivative financial assets with fixed or determinable payments that are not quoted in an active market. Trade receivables are classified as loans and receivables. Loans and receivables are measured subsequent to initial recognition at amortised cost using effective interest method, less provision for impairment. Any change in their value through impairment or reversal of impairment is recognised in the Income Statement.

Provision against trade receivables is made when there is objective evidence that the Group will not be able to collect all amounts due to it in accordance with the original terms of those receivables. The amount of the write-down is determined as the difference between the asset's carrying amount and the present value of estimated future cash flows.

A financial asset is derecognised only where the contractual rights to cash flows from the asset expire or the financial asset is transferred and that transfer qualifies for derecognition. A financial asset is transferred if the contractual rights to receive the cash flows of the asset have been transferred or the Group retains the contractual rights to receive the cash flows of the asset but assumes a contractual obligation to pay the cash flows to one or more recipients. A financial asset that is transferred qualifies for derecognition if the Group transfers substantially all the risks and rewards of ownership of the asset, or if the Group neither retains nor transfers substantially all the risks and rewards of ownership but does transfer control of that asset.

Trade receivables subject to the invoice discounting facility are recognised in the Statement of Financial Position until they are settled by the customer.

xvii Financial Liabilities

Financial liabilities are obligations to pay cash or other financial assets and are recognised when the Group becomes a party to the contractual provisions of the instrument and comprise trade and other payables and bank loans. Financial liabilities are recorded initially at fair value, net of direct issue costs and are subsequently measured at amortised cost using the effective interest rate method.

A financial liability is derecognised only when the obligation is extinguished, that is, when the obligation is discharged or cancelled or expires.

xviii Financial instruments

Financial instruments often consist of a combination of debt and equity and the Group has to decide how to attribute values to each. They are treated as equity only to the extent that they meet the following two conditions:

 

(i) they include no contractual obligations upon the Group to deliver cash or other financial assets or to exchange financial assets or financial liabilities with another party under conditions that are potentially unfavourable to the Group; and

(ii) where the instrument will or may be settled in the Group's own equity instruments, it is either a non-derivative that includes no obligation to deliver a variable number of the Group's own equity instruments or is a derivative that will be settled by the Group exchanging a fixed amount of cash or other financial assets for a fixed number of its own equity instruments.

 

To the extent that this definition is not met, the proceeds of issue are classified as a financial liability, and where such an instrument takes the legal form of the Company's own shares, the amounts presented in these financial statements for called up share capital and share premium account exclude amounts in relation to those shares. 

 

Finance payments associated with financial liabilities are dealt with as part of finance costs.  Finance payments associated with financial instruments that are classified in equity are dividends and are recorded directly in equity

 

The Group uses financial instruments, in particular forward currency contracts to manage the financial risks associated with the Group's underlying business activities. The forward exchange contracts are used to hedge foreign currency exposures arising on forecast receipts and payments in foreign currencies. These forward contracts are revalued to the rates of exchange at the Statement of Financial Position date and any aggregate unrealised gains and losses arising on revaluation are included in other debtors or creditors. At maturity, or when the contract ceases to be a hedge, gains and losses are taken to the Income Statement. The Group does not undertake any trading activity in financial instruments.

 

Fair value hierarchy

The Group analyses financial instruments carried at a fair value by valuation method. The different levels have been defined as follows:

 

-              Level 1: quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets or liabilities;

-              Level 2: inputs other than quoted prices included within Level 1 that are observable for assets or liabilities, either directly (i.e. as prices) or indirectly (i.e. directly from prices); and

-              Level 3: inputs for assets or liabilities that are not based on observable market data (unobservable inputs).

 

xix Cash and Cash Equivalents

Cash and cash equivalents comprise cash on hand, on demand deposits, bank overdrafts and working capital facilities.

xx Dividends

Dividend distributions payable to equity shareholders are included in "other short term financial liabilities" when the dividends are approved in the annual general meeting prior to the balance sheet date.

xxi Foreign Currencies

Transactions in foreign currencies are translated at the exchange rate ruling at the date of the transaction. Monetary assets and liabilities in foreign currencies are translated at the rates of exchange ruling at the Statement of Financial Position date. Non-monetary items that are measured at historical cost in a foreign currency are translated at the exchange rate at the date of the transaction. Non-monetary items that are measured at fair value in a foreign currency are translated using the exchange rates at the date when the fair value was determined.

Any exchange differences arising on the settlement of monetary items or on translating monetary items at rates different from those at which they were initially recorded are recognised in the profit or loss in the period in which they arise.

The assets and liabilities in the financial statements of foreign subsidiaries are translated at the rate of exchange ruling at the Statement of Financial Position date. Income and expenses are translated at the actual rate. The exchange differences arising from the retranslation of the opening net investment in subsidiaries are taken directly to "Translation of foreign operations" in equity. On disposal of a foreign operation the cumulative translation differences are transferred to the Income Statement as part of the gain or loss on disposal.

As permitted by IFRS 1, the balance on the cumulative translation adjustment on retranslation of subsidiaries' net assets has been set to zero at the date of transition to IFRS.

xxii Equity

Equity comprises the following:

•   "Share capital" represents the nominal value of equity shares.

•   "Share premium" represents the excess over nominal value of the fair value of consideration received for equity shares, net of expenses of the share issue.

•   "Share based payment reserve" represents equity-settled share-based employee remuneration until such share options are exercised.

•   "Merger reserve" represents the equity balance arising on the merger of Matchtech Engineering and Matchmaker Personnel and to record the excess fair value above the nominal value of the consideration on the acquisition of Networkers International plc

•   "Translation of foreign operations" represents the foreign currency differences arising on translating foreign operations into the presentational currency of the Group.

•   "Retained earnings" represents retained profits.

xxiii Significant Accounting Estimates and Judgments

Estimates and assumptions concerning the future and judgments are made in the preparation of the financial statements. They affect the application of the Group's accounting policies, reported amounts of assets, liabilities, income and expenses, and disclosures made. They are assessed on an on-going basis and are based on experience and relevant factors, including expectations of future events that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances.

Critical Judgments

The judgments made which, in the opinion of the Directors, are critical in drawing up the financial statements are as follows:

 

Invoice Discounting Facility    

The terms of this arrangement are judged to be such that the risk and rewards of ownership of the trade receivables do not pass to the finance provider. As such the receivables are not derecognised on draw-down of funds against this facility. This facility is recognised as a liability for the amount drawn.

Factoring Arrangements

In the event of sale of receivables and factoring, the Group derecognises receivables when the Group has given up control or continuing involvement.

The Group derecognises receivables in case of sale and factoring when the Group has transferred its rights to receive cash flows from the receivables; and either the Group has transferred substantially all of the risks and rewards of the ownership of the receivables, or the Group has neither transferred nor retained substantially all of the risks and rewards, but has transferred control of the assets.

Key Sources of Estimation Uncertainty

The key assumptions concerning the future and other key sources of estimation uncertainty at the Statement of Financial Position date are discussed below. These are included for completeness, although it is the Directors' view that none of these have significant risk of causing a material adjustment to the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities within the next financial year.

Estimated Useful Lives of Property, Plant and Equipment

The cost of equipment is depreciated on a straight line basis and the cost of motor vehicles is depreciated on a reducing balance basis over their useful lives. Management estimates the useful lives of property, plant and equipment to be within 3 to 8 years. These are common life expectancies applied in the industry in which the Group operates. Changes in the expected level of usage and technological development could impact the economic useful lives and the residual values of these assets, therefore future depreciation charges could be revised.

Impairment Loss of Trade and Other Receivables

The Group's policy for doubtful receivables is based on the on-going evaluation of the collectability and ageing analysis of the trade and other receivables and on management's judgments. Considerable judgment is required in assessing the ultimate realisation of these receivables, including the current creditworthiness and the past collection history of each debtor. If the financial conditions of the Group's receivables were to deteriorate, resulting in an impairment of their ability to make payments, additional impairment loss of trade and other receivables may be required. The carrying amounts of these assets are shown in note 15.

Intangibles

The Group determines whether goodwill and other intangible assets (including acquired intangibles) are impaired on an annual basis or otherwise when changes in events or situations indicate that the carrying value may not be recoverable. This is requires an estimation of the recoverable amount of the cash generating unit to which the assets are allocated. Consideration is given to the future cash flows of each cash generating unit and the discount rate applied to calculate the present value of those cash flows.



 

2 Segmental information

The Group has 3 main reportable segments, Engineering, Professional Services and Networkers, following the acquisition of Networkers International plc in April 2015.

The Group determines and presents operating segments based on the information that is provided internally to the Board of Directors.

An operating segment's results are reviewed regularly by the Board to assess performance, which is measured based on segment profit before tax before non-recurring items and amortisation of acquired intangibles.

Reportable Segments

2015

All amounts in £'000

Engineering

Professional
Services

Networkers

 

 

 

 

Total

Non-
recurring
 items and amortisation of acquired intangibles

Group

Revenue

 312,494

 132,782

 57,017

502,293

 -

 502,293

Gross profit

 28,688

 16,677

 9,454

54,819

-

 54,819

Profit from operations

 10,546

 4,213

1,991

16,750

 (2,710)

 14,040

Amortisation of acquired intangibles

-

-

 -

-

 (1,680)

 (1,680)

Finance cost

 (699)

 (267)

 (108)

(1,074)

 -

 (1,074)

Profit before tax

 9,847

 3,946

 1,883

15,676

 (4,390)

 11,286








Depreciation and amortisation

 564

 339

 113

1,016

1,680

 2,696








Segment assets

 52,381

 9,440

 32,051

93,872


 93,872

Unallocated net liabilities






 (17,335)

Total net assets






 76,537

 

2014

All amounts in £'000

Engineering

Professional
Services

Total

Amortisation of acquired intangibles

Group

Revenue

 311,602

 139,989

451,591

-

 451,591

Gross profit

 27,077

 17,905

44,982

-

 44,982

Profit from operations

 10,548

 3,073

13,621

-

 13,621

Amortisation of acquired intangibles

 -

 -

-

(663)

 (663)

Finance cost

 (649)

 (366)

(1,015)

-

 (1,015)

Profit before tax

 9,899

 2,707

12,606

(663)

 11,943







Depreciation and amortisation

 432

 290

722

663

 1,385







Segment assets

 59,295

 11,046

70,341


 70,341

Unallocated net liabilities





 (27,678)

Total net assets





 42,663

 

A segmental analysis of total assets has not been included as this information is not available to the Board; the majority of assets are centrally held and are not allocated across the reportable segments. Only trade receivables are reported by segment and as such they are included as segment assets above. Unallocated net liabilities include non-current assets, other receivables, cash and cash equivalents and current liabilities.

Geographical Information


Revenue

Non-current assets

All amounts in £'000

2015

2014

2015

2014

UK

488,611

 448,693

 54,582

 5,419

Rest of Europe

1,575

2,898

-

1

Middle East and Africa

4,298

 -

 199

 -

Americas

6,103

 -

 57

 -

Asia Pacific

1,706

 -

 164

 -


 502,293

451,591

55,002

 5,420

 

Revenue and non-current assets are allocated to the geographic market based on the domicile of the respective subsidiary.

Largest Customers

No single client contributed more than 10% of the Group's revenues (2014: none).

3 Profit from Operations


2015
£'000

2014
 £'000

Profit from operations is stated after charging/(crediting):



Depreciation

 743

 591

Amortisation of acquired intangibles

 1,680

 663

Amortisation of software licences

 273

 131

(Profit)/loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment

 (13)

 18

Auditors' remuneration                             - fees payable for the audit of the Parent Company financial statements

 10

10

                               - fees payable for the audit of the Subsidiary Company financial statements

 234

77

                               - Non audit services: taxation

 73

36

                                                                                                 other services pursuant to legislation

 41

21

Operating lease costs:                             - Plant and machinery

 272

 197

                               - Land and buildings

 1,121

 787

Share based payment charge

 1,623

 1,335

Net foreign currency exchange differences

 288

 280




Non-recurring costs included within administrative expenses:



Acquisition costs

 1,685

 -

Restructuring costs

 1,025

 -


2,710

-

 

Directly attributable acquisition and subsequent integration costs of £1,685,000 were incurred in respect of the Networkers International plc acquisition in April 2015, as described in Note 10. These are separately presented as they are not part of the Group's underlying administrative expenditure. The restructuring costs are non-recurring items relating to the integration of Networkers International Plc and Matchtech Group and redundancy costs following the restructuring of Barclay Meade.

4 Particulars of Employees

The average number of staff employed (including Directors) by the Group during the financial year amounted to:        


2015
 No.

2014
No.

Sales

 383

 305

Administration

 147

 111

Directors

 10

 10

Total

 540

 426

 

The aggregate payroll costs of the above were:    


2015
£'000

2014
 £'000

Wages and salaries

 23,344

 18,827

Social security costs

 2,515

 2,221

Other pension costs

 1,190

 1,206

Total

 27,049

 22,254

 

Disclosure of the remuneration of key management personnel, as required by IAS 24, is detailed below. Disclosure of the remuneration of the statutory Directors is further detailed in the Directors' Remuneration Report contained in the Annual Report and Accounts.


2015
£'000

2014
£'000

Short term employee benefits

 2,180

 1,534

Post employment benefits

 212

 77

Share based payments

 1,039

 461

Total

 3,431

 2,072

 

 

5 Finance Cost


2015
£'000

2014
£'000

Bank interest payable

 773

 642

Amortisation of capitalised finance costs

 13

 92

Net foreign currency exchange differences

 288

 281

Total

 1,074

 1,015

6 Dividends


2015
£'000

2014
 £'000

Equity dividends paid during the year at 20.27 pence per share (2014: 18.26 pence)

 5,382

 4,516

Equity dividends proposed after the year end (not recognised as a liability) at 16.32 pence per share (2014: 14.59 pence)

 5,046

 3,642

 

A dividend will be declared from Matchtech Group (Holdings) Limited prior to the payment of the proposed dividend above.

7 Parent Company Profit

 

2015
£'000

2014
 £'000

The amount of profit dealt with in the accounts of the Company is

 3,482

 3,345

 

The Company has taken advantage of the exemption in S408 of the Companies Act 2006 not to present the parent Company's Income Statement.

8 Taxation


2015
£'000

2014
£'000

Current tax: UK corporation tax

2,977

 2,936

                   Overseas corporation tax

626

-

                   Prior year (over)/under provision

(235)

 79


 3,368

 3,015




Deferred tax (note 14)

 (409)

 (194)

Income tax expense

2,959

 2,821

 

UK corporation tax has been charged at 20.7% (2014: 22.3%).

The charge for the year can be reconciled to the profit as per the income statement as follows:


2015
£'000

2014
£'000

Profit before tax

 11,286

 11,943

Profit before tax multiplied by the standard rate of corporation tax in the UK of 20.7% (2014: 22.3%)

 2,336

 2,663

Expenses not deductible/(chargeable) for tax purposes

 386

 (3)

Irrecoverable withholding tax

 340

 -

Adjustments to tax charge in respect of previous periods

 (235)

 79

Overseas losses not provided for

 46

 82

Difference between UK and overseas tax rates

86

-

Total tax charge for period

 2,959

 2,821

 

Tax charge recognised directly in equity:


2015
 £'000

2014
£'000

Deferred tax recognised directly in equity

 174

 109

Total tax recognised directly in equity

 174

 109

 

Reductions in the UK corporation tax rate from 23% to 21% (effective from 1 April 2014) and 20% (effective from 1 April 2015) were substantively enacted on 2 July 2013. The Budget on 8 July 2015 announced additional planned reductions to 18% by 2020. This will reduce the Group's future current tax charge accordingly. Deferred tax at 31 July 2015 has been calculated based on the rate of 20% substantively enacted at the Statement of Financial Position date.



 

9 Earnings Per Share

Earnings per share has been calculated by dividing the consolidated profit after taxation attributable to ordinary shareholders by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the period.

Diluted earnings per share has been calculated on the same basis as above, except that the weighted average number of ordinary shares that would be issued on the conversion of all the dilutive potential ordinary shares (arising from the Group's share option schemes) into ordinary shares has been added to the denominator. There are no changes to the profit (numerator) as a result of the dilutive calculation.

Adjusted earnings per share is disclosed below to show the trading performance of the Group excluding non-recurring costs and amortisation of acquired intangibles.


2015
£'000

2014
£'000

Profit after tax attributable to ordinary shareholders

 8,327

 9,122

Amortisation of acquired intangibles (note 3)

 1,680

 663

Acquisition costs (note 3)

 1,685

 -

Restructuring costs (note 3)

1,025

-

Less: Tax effect on above adjustments

 (548)

 (116)

Earnings for the purposes of adjusted EPS

 12,169

 9,669

 


2015
'000s

2014
'000s

Weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue

 26,841

 24,655

Effect of dilutive potential ordinary shares

 1,263

 1,418

Total

 28,104

 26,073

 


2015
 pence

2014
 pence

Earnings per ordinary share            - basic

 31.0

 37.0

                                                    - diluted

 29.6

 35.0

Adjusted earnings per ordinary share       - basic

 45.3

 39.2

                                                    - diluted

 43.3

 37.1

10 Acquisition

The Group completed the acquisition of the entire ordinary share capital of Networkers International plc, on 2 April 2015. As consideration the Company issued and allotted 0.063256 new Matchtech Group plc shares of 1p each for every 1 ordinary share held by Networkers shareholders totalling 5,439,189 new Matchtech shares and paid cash of 34 pence per ordinary share. Total consideration was £58,471,000.

Networkers is an international recruitment business which supplies skilled staff on a permanent or temporary basis in the Telecoms, IT and Energy & Engineering sectors. The acquisition creates a more geographically balanced business with scale in a fast growing international markets whilst maintaining a healthy contract to permanent NFI split.

The acquisition had the following effect on the Group's assets and liabilities:


Acquirees net assets at acquisition date

 

 

 

Fair value adjustments

Fair value


£'000

£'000

£'000

Intangible assets:




- software

41

-

41

 - customer relationships

-

18,552

18,552

 - trade names

-

4,741

4,741

 - candidate databases

-

1,560

1,560

Property, plant and equipment

470

-

 470

Deferred tax asset

281

-

281

Trade and other receivables

39,357

-

 39,357

Cash and cash equivalents

2,554

-

2,554

Current tax liability

(26)

-

 (26)

Trade and other payables

(17,991)

-

(17,991)

Bank loans and overdrafts

(10,905)

-

 (10,905)

Deferred tax liability

-

(4,971)

 (4,971)

Net identifiable assets

13,781

19,882

 33,663

Goodwill



 24,808

Consideration



 58,471





Analysis of consideration:




Equity



29,235

Cash



29,236

Consideration



 58,471

 

Analysis of net cashflows:



Cash consideration paid


 29,236

Cash and cash equivalents acquired


 (2,554)

Bank loans and overdrafts acquired


10,905

Net cash outflow


 37,587

Intangible assets have been identified relating to the customer relationships, candidate databases and trademarks, intangible assets have been recognised at fair value. Goodwill represents expected synergies from combining operations of the acquiree and acquirer, the employees of Networkers and intangibles that do not qualify for separate recognition.  

Fair value adjustments have been made to reflect the identified intangible assets arising on acquisition and the deferred tax liability on those assets.

Amortisation of intangible assets is on a straight line basis, over the following useful economic lives:

Customer relationships   10 years

Candidate databases      5 years

Trade names                 1 to 11 years

The Group incurred acquisition costs of £1,685,000 relating to external legal fees, broker fees and due diligence costs. These costs have been recognised in administrative expense in the Income Statement.

In the period between the acquisition and 31 July 2015 Networkers contributed revenue of £57,017,000, Gross Profit of £9,454,000 and profit from operations after amortisation of acquired intangibles of £471,000. If the acquisition had occurred on 1 August 2014, revenue for the combined Group would be £630,158,000, Gross Profit of £74,639,000 and profit from operations after amortisation of acquired intangibles £16,691,000. The amortisation of acquired intangibles would be £4,057,000.

11 Intangible Assets

Group


Goodwill
£'000

Customer relationships
£'000

 

Trade names £'000

Other

£'000

Software
licences
£'000

Total
 £'000

COST

At 1 August 2013

-

-

-

400

973

1,373


Additions

-

-

-

-

(22)

(22)


Acquisitions

1,643

1,600

166

476

-

3,885


At 1 August 2014

1,643

1,600

166

876

951

5,236


Additions

-

-

-

-

777

777


Acquisitions

24,808

18,552

4,741

1,560

41

49,702


At 31 July 2015

26,451

20,152

4,907

2,436

1,769

55,715

AMORTISATION

At 1 August 2013

-

-

-

316

422

738


Charge for the year

-

453

15

195

131

794


At 31 July 2014

-

453

15

511

553

1,532


Charge for the year

-

946

511

223

273

1,953


At 31 July 2015

-

1,399

526

734

826

3,485

NET BOOK VALUE

At 31 July 2014

1,643

1,147

151

365

398

3,704


At 31 July 2015

26,451

18,753

4,381

1,702

943

52,230

 

Goodwill arising on business combinations is reviewed and tested on an annual basis or more frequently if there is indication that goodwill might be impaired. Goodwill has been tested for impairment by comparing the carrying amount of each cash-generating unit (CGU), including goodwill, with the recoverable amount.

Goodwill is allocated to CGUs, which are determined as the reportable segments, as follows:

 

2015
£'000

2014
£'000

Professional Services

 1,643

 1,643

Networkers International plc

 24,808

  -


 26,451

 1,643

 

The recoverable amounts of the CGUs are determined from value-in-use calculations, the key assumptions for the value-in-use calculations are as follows:

Profit from operations                 Profit from operations is based on the latest annual forecast approved by the Group's Board of Directors which was prepared using expectations of revenue and operating cost growth

Discount rates                          The pre-tax rate used to discount the forecast cash flows was 12.5% (2014: 12.5%) reflecting the Group's weighted average cost of capital

Growth rates                             The long-term growth rates are based on management forecasts which are consistent with external sources at an average growth rate of 2.5% (2014: 2.5%)

Impairment reviews are performed at the year end by comparing the carrying value of goodwill with the recoverable amount of the CGUs to which goodwill has been allocated.

The impairment review determined that there has been no impairment to any of the CGUs. Sensitivity analysis has been performed in assessing recoverable amounts of goodwill. The sensitivity analysis shows no impairment would arise under each reasonably foreseeable scenario for any of the CGUs.

Amortisation is charged through administrative expenses in the Income Statement.

12 Property, Plant and Equipment

Group


Motor
 vehicles
£'000

Leasehold
improvements
£'000

Fixtures
 fittings &
equipment
£'000

 Total
 £'000

COST

At 1 August 2013

 1,712

 706

 2,888

 5,306


Additions

-

 221

 68

 289


Acquisitions

 -

 4

 -

 4


Disposals

 (539)

 (108)

 -

 (647)


At 1 August 2014

 1,173

 823

 2,956

 4,952


Additions

 -

 351

 173

 524


Acquisitions

 -

 94

 377

 471


Disposals

 (233)

 -

 (16)

 (249)


At 31 July 2015

 940

 1,268

 3,490

 5,698

DEPRECIATION

At 1 August 2013

 1,083

 223

 2,256

 3,562


Charge for the year

 154

 107

 330

 591


Released on disposal

 (469)

 (60)

 -

 (529)


At 31 July 2014

 768

 270

 2,586

 3,624


Charge for the year

 102

 262

 379

 743


Released on disposal

 (204)

 -

 -

 (204)


At 31 July 2015

 666

 532

 2,965

 4,163

NET BOOK VALUE

At 31 July 2014

 405

 553

 370

 1,328


At 31 July 2015

 274

 736

 525

 1,535

 

Included within Leasehold Improvements is a cost of £215,000 (2014: £215,000) relating to the dilapidations provision (see note 16).

There were no capital commitments as at 31 July 2015 or 31 July 2014.

13 Investments


Company


2015
£'000

2014
£'000

At 1 August

 3,403

 2,068

Acquisition of Networkers

58,471

-

Transfer of Networkers to subsidiary company

(58,471)

-

Acquisition of non-controlling interest

650


Capital contribution

 1,623

 1,335

At 31 July

 5,676

 3,403

In April 2015 the Company acquired 100% of the ordinary share capital of Networkers International plc for £58.5m. Subsequently this investment was transferred to Matchtech Group (Holdings) Limited for £58.5m, in return for an intercompany receivable.

 

The additional increase in investments represents the acquisition of a non-controlling interest in Matchtech Group Management Limited and a capital contribution made in Matchtech Group (UK) Limited relating to share based payments.

Subsidiary Undertakings         

Company

Country of Incorporation

Share Class

% held

2015

%held

2014

Main Activities

Matchtech Group (Holdings) Limited

United Kingdom

Ordinary

100%

100%

Holding

Matchtech Group Management Company Limited

United Kingdom

Ordinary

100%

69%

Non trading

Matchtech Group (UK) Limited

United Kingdom

Ordinary

99.998%

99.998%

Provision of recruitment consultancy

Matchtech Engineering Limited

United Kingdom

Ordinary

100%

100%

Non trading

Matchmaker Personnel Limited

United Kingdom

Ordinary

100%

100%

Non trading

Barclay Meade Limited

United Kingdom

Ordinary

100%

100%

Provision of recruitment consultancy

Alderwood Education Limited

United Kingdom

Ordinary

100%

100%

Provision of recruitment consultancy

Elemense Limited

United Kingdom

Ordinary

100%

100%

Non trading

Connectus Technology Limited

United Kingdom

Ordinary

100%

100%

Provision of recruitment consultancy

Matchtech Limited

United Kingdom

Ordinary

100%

100%

Non trading

Matchtech GmbH

Germany

Ordinary

100%

100%

Provision of recruitment consultancy

Matchtech BV

Netherlands

Ordinary

100%

100%

Non trading

Matchtech Engineering Inc

USA

Ordinary

100%

100%

Provision of recruitment consultancy

Application Services Limited

United Kingdom

Ordinary

100%

100%

Provision of recruitment consultancy

Provanis Limited

United Kingdom

Ordinary

100%

100%

Non trading

Networkers International Plc

United Kingdom

Ordinary

100%

-

Holding

Networkers International (UK) Plc

England

Ordinary

100%

-

Provision of recruitment consultancy

Networkers International LLC

United States

Ordinary

100%

-

Non trading

Networkers Telecommunications Inc.

United States

Ordinary

100%

-

Provision of recruitment consultancy

NWI de Mexico S. de R.L. de C.V

Mexico

Ordinary

100%

-

Provision of recruitment consultancy

Networkers International South Africa Proprietary Limited

South Africa

Ordinary

87%

-

Provision of recruitment consultancy

Networkers International
(China) Co. Limited

China

Ordinary

100%

-

Provision of recruitment consultancy

Networkers International
(Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Malaysia

Ordinary

100%

-

Provision of recruitment consultancy

Networkers International
(Canada) Inc

Canada

Ordinary

100%

-

Provision of recruitment consultancy

Networkers International
Trustees Limited

United Kingdom

Ordinary

100%

-

Non trading

The Comms Group Limited

United Kingdom

Ordinary

100%

-

Holding

CommsResources Limited

United Kingdom

Ordinary

100%

-

Provision of recruitment consultancy

CommsResources Sdn Bhd

Malaysia

Ordinary

100%

-

Provision of recruitment consultancy

Comms Software Limited

United Kingdom

Ordinary

100%

-

Non trading

CommsResources SAS

Colombia

Ordinary

100%

-

Provision of recruitment consultancy

Elite Computer Staff Limited

United Kingdom

Ordinary

100%

-

Non trading

NWKI FZ LLC (formerly SNS FZ LLC)

Dubai

Ordinary

100%

-

Provision of recruitment consultancy

Networkers Recruitment
Services Limited

United Kingdom

Ordinary

100%

-

Non trading

MSB International GMBH

Germany

Ordinary

100%

-

Provision of recruitment consultancy

NWKI Communications LLC

Dubai

Ordinary

49%

-

Provision of recruitment consultancy

Networkers Consultancy
(Singapore) PTE Limited.

Singapore

Ordinary

100%

-

Provision of recruitment consultancy

Cappo Group Limited

United Kingdom

Ordinary

100%

-

Holding

Cappo International Limited

United Kingdom

Ordinary

100%

-

Provision of recruitment consultancy

Cappo Qatar LLC

Qatar

Ordinary

49%

-

Provision of recruitment consultancy

Networkers Consultoria Em
Technologia Da Informacao Limiteda

Brazil

Ordinary

100%

-

Provision of recruitment consultancy

Networkers International (India) Private Limited

India

Ordinary

100%

-

Non trading

Concilium Search Limited

United Kingdom

Ordinary

100%

-

Provision of recruitment consultancy

Kelsey House Limited

United Kingdom

Ordinary

100%

-

Provision of recruitment consultancy

 

All holdings are indirect except Matchtech Group (Holdings) Limited, Matchtech GmbH and Matchtech Group Management Company Limited.         

The Group consolidates NWKI Communications LLC  and Cappo Qatar LLC as subsidiaries in the consolidation due to contractual arrangements in place giving the Group effective control of the entities.

14 Deferred Tax


Asset
2015
£'000

Liability
2015
£'000

Net
 2015
£'000

Credited/
(charged)
 to profit
 2015
£'000

Credited/
(charged)
 to equity
2015
£'000

Share based payments

 1,003

 -

 1,003

 116

 174

Depreciation in excess of capital allowances

 76

 -

 76

 (44)

 -

Acquired intangibles

 -

 (4,967)

 (4,967)

 336

 -

Other temporary and deductible differences

 158

 -

 158

1

 -

Net deferred tax assets/(liabilities)

 1,237

 (4,967)

 (3,730)

 409

 174

 

 

 

 


Asset
 2014
£'000

Liability
 2014
£'000

Net
 2014
£'000

Credited/
(charged)
 to profit
2014
£'000

Credited/
(charged)
 to equity
2014
£'000

Share based payments

 713

 -

 713

 78

 109

Depreciation in excess of capital allowances

 7

 -

 7

 -

 -

Acquired intangibles

 -

 (332)

 (332)

 116

 -

Net deferred tax assets/(liabilities)

 720

 (332)

 388

 194

 109

 

The movement on the net deferred tax (liability)/asset is as shown below:


Group


2015
£'000

2014
 £'000

At 1 August

 388

 533

Acquired intangibles

(4,971)

 (448)

Acquisitions

270

Recognised in income

 409

 194

Recognised in equity

 174

 109

At end of year

 (3,730)

 388

 

The rate of UK corporation tax applied to deferred tax calculations is 20% (2014: 20%).

15 Trade and Other Receivables


Group

Company


2015
£'000

2014
£'000

2015
£'000

2014
£'000

Trade receivables

 93,872

 70,341

 -

 -

Amounts owed by Group companies

 -

 -

 72,135

 9,414

Other receivables

 3,438

 1,050

 -

 -

Prepayments

 1,587

 857

 -

 -

Total

 98,897

 72,248

 72,135

 9,414

 

The amounts due from Group undertakings in the Company Statement of Financial Position are considered to approximate to fair value.

Days sales outstanding at the year end based upon the preceding 3 months' revenue were 49.4 days (2014: 45.9 days). The allowance for doubtful debts has been determined by reference to previous experience and management assessment of debts.

The Directors consider that the carrying amount of trade and other receivables approximates to the fair value.           

Included in the Group's trade receivable balance are debtors with a carrying amount of £10,056,000 (2014: £8,367,000) which are past due at the reporting date for which the Group has not provided as the Directors do not believe there has been a significant change in credit quality and consider the amounts to be recoverable in full. The Group does not hold any collateral over these balances.     

The Group uses a third party credit scoring system to assess the credit worthiness of potential new customers before accepting them. Credit limits are defined by customer based on this information. All customer accounts are subject to review on a regular basis by senior management and actions are taken to address debt ageing issues.

The Directors believe that there is no requirement for further provision over and above the allowance for doubtful debts.           

Ageing of past due but not impaired trade receivables:      


Group


2015
£'000

2014
£'000

0-30 days

 7,585

 7,251

30-60 days

 1,663

 976

60-90 days

 458

 140

90+ days

 350

 -

Total

 10,056

 8,367

Movement in the allowance for doubtful debts:


Group


2015
£'000

2014
 £'000

At 1 August

 300

 585

Acquisitions

 867

 -

Impairment losses recognised/(reversed)

 68

 (285)

At 31 July

 1,235

 300

 

Ageing of impaired trade receivables:      


Group


2015
£'000

2014
 £'000

Not past due at reporting date

 319

 -

0-30 days

 58

 -

30-60 days

 -

 8

60-90 days

 -

 91

90+ days

 858

 201

Total

 1,235

 300

16 Provisions


Group


2015
£'000

2014
 £'000

At 1 August

 278

 278

Acquisition

 364

 -

Provisions released during the year

 (16)

 -

At 31 July

 626

 278




Non-current

 278

 278

Current

 348

 -


 626

 278

 

The above provision relates to a dilapidations provision based on the requirement to return leased buildings to their original condition at the end of the lease term. The provision relates to offices held under lease arrangements that expire between January 2016 and June 2017.

 

17 Trade and Other Payables


Group

Company


2015
£'000

2014
£'000

2015
£'000

2014
£'000

Trade payables

 538

 10

 -

 -

Amounts owed to Group companies

 -

 -

 8,922

 2,189

Taxation and Social Security

 5,415

 5,280

 -

 -

Contractor wages creditor

 16,698

 21,108

 -

 -

Accruals and deferred income

 14,227

 3,405

 -

 -

Provisions

 348

 -

 -

 -

Other payables

 336

 309

 -

 -

Total

 37,562

 30,112

 8,922

 2,189

18 Financial Assets and Liabilities Statement of Financial Position Classification

The carrying amount of the Group's financial assets and liabilities as recognised at the Statement of Financial Position date of the reporting periods under review may also be categorised as follows:


Group

Company


2015
£'000

2014
£'000

2015
£'000

2014
£'000

Trade and other receivables





- Loan and receivables

 97,310

 71,391

 72,135

 9,414






Cash and cash equivalents





- Loan and receivables

 3,997

 569

 -

 39

Total

 101,307

 71,960

 72,135

 9,453

 

 

Financial liabilities are included in the Statement of Financial Position within the following headings:


Group


2015
£'000

2014
£'000

Current liabilities






Borrowings



- Financial liabilities recorded at amortised cost

 37,641

 3,678




Trade and other payables



- Financial liabilities recorded at amortised cost

 32,147

 24,832

Total

 69,788

 28,510

 

The amounts at which the assets and liabilities above are recorded are considered to approximate to fair value.

The Group has working capital facilities with HSBC which are secured by way of an all assets debenture, which contains fixed and floating charges over the assets of the Group. The facility held with HSBC Bank allows the Company to borrow up to 90% of its invoiced debtors up to a maximum of £65 million. Interest is charged on borrowings at a rate of 1.1% over HSBC Bank base rate.

The Group agreed a 3 year, £30m term loan facility agreement with HSBC dated 27 January 2015 which is secured by way of a fixed and floating charge over assets of the Group. Interest is charged on borrowings at a rate of 3% over HSBC LIBOR rate.

19 Commitments Under Operating Leases

At 31 July 2015 the Group had commitments to pay the following amounts under non-cancellable operating leases as set out below:




Group




2015
£'000

2014
 £'000

Land/buildings

Payments falling due:

within 1 year

 1,057

 875



within 1 to 5 years

 1,157

 1,824



after 5 years

 -

 138

Other

Payments falling due:

within 1 year

 269

 233



within 1 to 5 years

 483

 541

 

The company had no commitments under non-cancellable operating leases (2014: none).

20 Share Capital

Authorised Share Capital


Company


2015
£'000

2014
 £'000

40,000,000 Ordinary shares of £0.01 each

 400

 400

 

Allotted, called up and fully paid:


Company


2015
£'000

2014
£'000

30,922,000 (2014: 24,965,000) Ordinary shares of £0.01 each

 309

 250

 

The number of shares in issue in the Company is shown below:    


Company


2015
'000

2014
'000

In issue at 1 August

 24,965

 23,616

Exercise of share options

 399

 299

Issue of restricted shares

119

-

Share placing

 5,439

 1,050

In issue at 31 July

 30,922

 24,965

 

During the year the Company issued 119,000 Ordinary shares of £0.01 each, these shares were issued with restrictions as the shares cannot be sold or transferred without the consent of the Board and have no dividend or voting rights.

 

The excess consideration above the nominal value of the shares issued in respect of the acquisition of Networkers International plc was accounted for within the merger reserve.

Share Options

The following options arrangements exist over the Company's shares:


2015
'000s

2014
 '000s

Date of grant

Exercise
 price
 pence

Exercise period

From

To

Key Share Options

 5

 5

01/12/2005

146

01/06/2007

01/12/2015

Target/Loyalty Share Options

 2

 3

01/12/2005

146

01/12/2006

01/12/2015

Deferred Share Bonus

 6

 6

18/01/2010

1

18/01/2012

18/01/2020

Deferred Share Bonus

 6

 6

18/01/2010

1

18/01/2013

18/01/2020

Zero Priced Share Option Bonus

 1

 1

18/01/2010

1

18/01/2012

18/01/2020

Zero Priced Share Option Bonus

 1

 1

18/01/2010

1

18/01/2013

18/01/2020

Zero Priced Share Option Bonus

 1

 2

04/02/2011

1

25/01/2013

04/02/2021

Zero Priced Share Option Bonus

 2

 2

04/02/2011

1

03/02/2014

04/02/2021

Long Term Incentive Plan Options

 23

 51

31/01/2012

1

30/01/2015

31/01/2022

Zero Priced Share Option Bonus

 -

 12

31/01/2012

1

30/01/2014

31/01/2022

Zero Priced Share Option Bonus

 13

 213

31/01/2012

1

30/01/2015

31/01/2022

Long Term Incentive Plan Options

 32

 57

31/01/2013

1

30/01/2016

31/01/2023

Zero Priced Share Option Bonus

 -

 38

31/01/2013

1

30/01/2015

31/01/2023

Zero Priced Share Option Bonus

 210

 257

31/01/2013

1

30/01/2016

31/01/2023

Value Creation Plan

 -

 380

14/11/2013

1

18/11/2016

18/11/2021

Value Creation Plan

 -

 380

14/11/2013

1

18/11/2017

18/11/2021

Long Term Incentive Plan Options

 104

 156

24/01/2014

1

24/01/2017

24/01/2024

Deferred Share Bonus

 10

 19

24/01/2014

1

24/01/2015

24/01/2024

Deferred Share Bonus

 10

 19

24/01/2014

1

24/01/2016

24/01/2024

Zero Priced Share Option Bonus

 51

 60

01/01/2014

1

01/01/2016

01/01/2024

Zero Priced Share Option Bonus

 292

 383

01/01/2014

1

01/01/2017

01/01/2024

Zero Priced Share Option Bonus

 22

 -

28/01/2015

1

28/01/2017

28/01/2025

Zero Priced Share Option Bonus

 137

 -

28/01/2015

1

28/01/2018

28/01/2025

Zero Priced Share Option Bonus

 44

 -

30/01/2015

1

30/01/2018

30/01/2025

Zero Priced Share Option Bonus

 16

 -

26/06/2015

1

26/06/2018

26/06/2025

Value Creation Plan

 389

 -

02/07/2015

1

18/11/2016

18/11/2021

Value Creation Plan

 389

 -

02/07/2015

1

18/11/2017

18/11/2021

Total

1,766

 2,051





 

During the year the Group granted share options under a Long Term Incentive Plan (LTIP) for Executive Directors and a Zero Priced Share Option Bonus for key staff. The LTIP options were granted on 30 January 2015 and are subject to an EPS performance target. The zero priced share options were granted on 28 January 2015 and 26 June 2015 to members of staff subject to two and three year holding periods. All grants made during the year were under the same terms as share options granted in previous years.

During the year options under the Value Creation Plan (VCP) were waived and re-granted. The VCP options were granted to Executive Directors and key staff, 50% of the options are exercisable on 18 November 2016 and 50% exercisable one year later.

All share options have a life of 10 years and are equity settled on exercise.

The movement in share options is shown below:


2015

2014


Number
'000s

Weighted
average
exercise
price
 (pence)

Weighted
average
share price
(pence)

Number
'000s

Weighted
average
exercise
price
(pence)

Weighted
 average
share price
(pence)

Outstanding at 1 August

 2,051

 1.7

 -

 1,002

 7.2

 -








Granted

 1,074

 1.0

 -

 1,434

 1.0

 -

Forfeited/lapsed

 (986)

 1.0

 -

 (108)

 1.0

 -

Exercised

 (373)

 1.0

 525.0

 (277)

 19.3

 561.9

Outstanding at 31 July

 1,766

 1.7


 2,051

 1.7


Exercisable at 31 July

 70

 1.3


 38

 1.7


 

The number of share options granted includes the deferred share bonus options.

The numbers and weighted average exercise prices of share options vesting in the future are shown below.


2015

2014

Exercise Date

Weighted
average
remaining
contract
life
(months)

Number
'000s

Weighted
average
exercise
price
(pence)

 Weighted
average
remaining
 contract
life
(months)

Number
'000s

Weighted
average
exercise
 price
(pence)

24/01/2015

 -

 -

 -

 6

 19

 1.0

30/01/2015

 -

 -

 -

 6

 302

 1.0

01/01/2016

 5

 51

 1.0

 17

 60

 1.0

24/01/2016

 6

 10

 1.0

 18

 19

 1.0

30/01/2016

 6

 242

 1.0

 18

 314

 1.0

18/11/2016

 16

 389

 1.0

 28

 380

 1.0

01/01/2017

 17

 292

 1.0

 29

 383

 1.0

24/01/2017

 18

 104

 1.0

 30

 156

 1.0

28/01/2017

 18

 22

 1.0

 -

 -

 -

18/11/2017

 28

 389

 1.0

 40

 380

 1.0

28/01/2018

 30

 137

 1.0

 -

 -

 -

30/01/2018

 30

 44

 1.0

 -

 -

 -

26/06/2018

 35

 16

 1.0

 -

 -

 -

Total


 1,696



2,013


           

In addition to the share option schemes the Group operated a Share Incentive Plan (SIP), which is an HMRC approved plan available to all employees enabling them to purchase shares out of pre-tax salary. For each share purchased the Company grants an additional share at no cost.

The fair values of the LTIP options were calculated using a Monte Carlo simulation method along with the assumptions detailed below. The values of the Zero price options granted in the year were calculated using a Black Scholes method along with the assumptions as detailed below. The fair values of the SIPS and Deferred Bonus Shares were calculated as the market values on the date of the grant adjusted for the assumptions as detailed below.

Date of grant


Share
Price on
the date
of grant
(£)

Exercise
Price
(£)

Volatility
(%)

Vesting
Period
(yrs)

Dividend
 Yield
(%)

Risk Free
 Rate of
interest
(%)

Fair
 Value
(£)

07/08/2012

SIP

 2.03

0.01

N/A

3.00

N/A

N/A

 2.03

12/09/2012

SIP

 2.04

0.01

N/A

3.00

N/A

N/A

 2.04

05/10/2012

SIP

 2.21

0.01

N/A

3.00

N/A

N/A

 2.21

09/11/2012

SIP

 2.37

0.01

N/A

3.00

N/A

N/A

 2.37

12/12/2012

SIP

 2.33

0.01

N/A

3.00

N/A

N/A

 2.33

11/01/2013

SIP

 2.63

0.01

N/A

3.00

N/A

N/A

 2.63

31/01/2013

LTIP

 2.67

0.01

14.0%

2.00

5.8%

0.56%

 1.76

31/01/2013

Deferred bonus

 2.67

0.01

N/A

3.00

5.8%

0.56%

 2.27

31/01/2013

Deferred bonus

 2.67

0.01

N/A

2.00

5.8%

0.37%

 2.41

31/01/2013

Zero price bonus

 2.67

0.01

14.0%

3.00

5.8%

0.56%

 2.24

31/01/2013

Zero price bonus

 2.67

0.01

14.0%

3.00

5.8%

0.56%

 2.24

08/02/2013

SIP

 2.73

0.01

N/A

3.00

N/A

N/A

 2.73

12/03/2013

SIP

 2.87

0.01

N/A

3.00

N/A

N/A

 2.87

12/04/2013

SIP

 3.47

0.01

N/A

3.00

N/A

N/A

 3.47

10/05/2013

SIP

 3.38

0.01

N/A

3.00

N/A

N/A

 3.38

01/01/2014

LTIP

 5.75

0.01

16.8%

2.00

3.1%

1.2%

 5.22

01/01/2014

LTIP

 5.75

0.01

16.8%

3.00

3.1%

1.2%

 5.22

24/01/2014

Zero price bonus

 5.93

0.01

17.0%

3.00

3.0%

1.2%

 5.40

28/01/2015

LTIP

 5.08

0.01

16.4%

2.00

3.9%

0.7%

 4.51

28/01/2015

LTIP

 5.08

0.01

16.4%

3.00

3.9%

0.7%

 4.51

30/01/2015

Zero price bonus

 5.08

0.01

16.4%

3.00

3.9%

0.6%

 4.51

26/06/2015

LTIP

 5.49

0.01

16.4%

3.00

3.9%

1.1%

 4.90

 

The volatility of the Company's share price on each date of grant was calculated as the average of the annualised standard deviations of daily continuously compounded returns on the Company's stock, calculated over 5 years back from the date of grant, where applicable. The risk-free rate is the yield to maturity on the date of grant of a UK Gilt Strip, with term to maturity equal to the life of the option. The 2013 LTIP awards are subject to a TSR test, this 'market' based condition is taken into account in the date of grant fair calculation.

During the year, Matchtech Group (Holdings) Limited, a subsidiary of Matchtech Group plc, issued 1,000 shares of £0.001 each. These shares were issued to Executive Directors and key staff as Employee Shareholder shares.

The share based payment charge is analysed by share scheme as follows:


Group

Company


2015
£'000

2014
£'000

2015
£'000

2014
£'000

VCP

178

30

178

30

LTIP

1,151

999

1,151

999

Zero price bonus

265

211

265

211

Deferred bonus

(10)

32

(10)

32

SIP

39

63

39

63

Total

1,623

 1,335

 1,623

 1,335

During the year £1,104,000 (2014: £808,000) was recycled back to retained earnings as a result of lapsed share options. 

21 Transactions with Directors and Related Parties

During the year the Group made sales of £114,000 (2014: £268,000) to InHealth Group which is a related party by virtue of common directorship of Richard Bradford and sales of £624,000 (2014:£261,000) to the Waterman Group by virtue of common directorship of Ric Piper. At the year end Waterman Group has a balance outstanding of £137,000 (2014: £30,000) and InHealth Group has a balance outstanding of £20,000 (2014: £44,000). All transactions were undertaken at an arm's length price.

There were no other related party transactions with entities outside of the Group.

During the year Matchtech Group (UK) Limited charged Matchtech Group plc £767,000 (2014: £496,000) for provision of management services. Further details of transactions with directors are included in the Director's Remuneration Report in the Annual Report and Accounts.     

22 Financial Instruments

The financial risk management policies and objectives including those related to financial instruments and the qualitative risk exposure details, comprising credit and other applicable risks, are included within the Chief Financial Officer's report under the heading Group financial risk management.

Maturity of Financial Liabilities

The Group financial liabilities analysis at 31 July 2015 was as follows:


Group

Company


2015
£'000

2014
£'000

2015
£'000

2014
£'000

In less than one year or on demand:





Bank overdrafts

14

332

 -

 -

Working capital facility

9,223

3,346

 -

 -

Finance costs capitalised

(204)

-

 -

-

Bank loans and overdrafts

9,033

3,678

 -

 -

Trade and other payables

32,147

24,832

 -

-

Total

41,180

28,510

 -

 -






More than one year but less than three years





Term Loan

28,608

-

 28,608

-

Borrowing Facilities

The Group makes use of working capital facilities and a term loan, details of which can be found in note 18. The undrawn facility available at 31 July 2015 in respect of which all conditions precedent had been met was as follows:


Group

Company


2015

£'000

2014

 £'000

2015
£'000

2014
 £'000

Expiring in one to five years

57,169

46,654

 1,392

-

 

The Directors have calculated that the effect on profit of a 1% movement in interest rates would be £420,000 (2014: £285,000).

The Directors believe that the carrying value of borrowings approximates to their fair value.

 

Foreign Currency Risk

The Group's main foreign currency risk is the short-term risk associated with trade debtors denominated in US dollars and Euros relating to the UK operations whose functional currency is Sterling. The risk arises on the difference between exchange rates at the time the invoice is raised to when the invoice is settled by the client. For sales denominated in foreign currency, the Group ensures that direct costs associated with the sale are also denominated in the same currency. Further foreign exchange risk arises where there is a gap in the amount of assets and liabilities of the Group denominated in foreign currencies that are required to be translated into sterling at the year end rates of exchange. Where the risk to the Group is considered to be significant, the Group will enter into a matching forward foreign exchange contract with a reputable bank.

The Group's net exposure to foreign exchange risk was as follows:


Group


2015
£'000

2014
 £'000

US Dollar

6,821

-

Euro

 2,720

 -

 

The effect of a 25c strengthening of the Euro and Dollar against Sterling at the balance sheet date on the Euro/Dollar denominated trade and other receivables and payables carried at that date would, all other variables held constant, have resulted in a net increase in pre-tax profit for the year and increase of net assets of £1,906,000.  A 25c weakening in the exchange rates would, on the same basis, have decreased pre-tax profit and reduced net assets by £1,355,000.

Company

The Company holds no material balances of this nature other than intercompany balances, which are not subject to a fair value adjustment.

 

 

 

23 Capital Management Policies and Procedures

Matchtech Group plc's capital management objectives are:

•   to ensure the Group's ability to continue as a going concern;

•   to provide an adequate return to shareholders; and

•   by pricing products and services commensurately with the level of risk.

The Group monitors capital on the basis of the carrying amount of equity as presented in the Statement of Financial Position.

The Group sets the amount of capital in proportion to its overall financing structure, i.e. equity and financial liabilities. The Group manages the capital structure and makes adjustments in the light of changes in economic conditions and risk characteristics of the underlying assets. Capital for the reporting period under review is summarised as follows:


Group


2015
£'000

2014
 £'000

Total equity

 76,537

 42,663

Cash and cash equivalents

 (3,997)

 (569)

Capital

 72,540

 42,094




Total equity

 76,537

 42,663

Borrowings

 37,845

 3,678

Overall financing

 114,382

 46,341

Capital to overall financing ratio

63%

91%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The financial information set out above does not constitute the company's statutory accounts for the years ended 31 July 2015 or 2014 but is derived from those accounts.  Statutory accounts for 2014 have been delivered to the registrar of companies, and those for 2015 will be delivered in due course. The auditor has reported on those accounts; their reports were (i) unqualified, (ii) did not include a reference to any matters to which the auditor drew attention by way of emphasis without qualifying their report and (iii) did not contain a statement under section 498 (2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

The financial information presented on this web site does not comprise the statutory accounts of Matchtech Group plc for the financial years ended 31 July 2015 and 31 July 2014 but represents extracts from them. These extracts do not provide as full an understanding of the financial performance and position, or financial and investing activities, of the company as the complete Annual Report.

 

 

 


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