Preliminary Results

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Gattaca PLC
03 November 2016
 

3 November 2016

Gattaca plc

Preliminary Results for the year ended 31 July 2016

 

Gattaca plc ("Gattaca" or the "Group"), the specialist Engineering and Technology (IT & Telecoms) recruitment agency, today announces its Preliminary Results for the year ended 31 July 2016.

 

Financial Highlights

 


2016


2015


Change


Statutory

Underlying2


Statutory

Underlying2


Statutory

Underlying2


£m

£m


£m

£m


%

 %

Revenue

617.6

616.9


502.3

622.8


+23%

(1%)

Net Fee Income (NFI) 1

73.0

72.4


54.8

72.2


+33%

+0%

Profit from operations

15.1

21.4


12.4

21.2


+22%

+1%

Profit before tax

15.1

20.4


11.3

19.7


+34%

+4%










Basic earnings per share

32.1p



31.0p



+4%


Diluted earnings per share

31.0p



29.6p



+5%


Final dividend

17.00p



16.32p



+4%


Total dividend

23.00p



22.00p



+5%


Net debt at end of period

£25.0m



£33.6m



(£8.6m)


 

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

1  NFI is calculated as revenue less contractor payroll costs

2 Underlying performance is calculated on a pro-forma basis, as though Networkers had been owned by the Group for the entire prior period. Underlying results exclude the trading and net proceeds of divested businesses (2016: £0.3m loss; 2015: £0.6m loss), acquisitions costs (2016: £nil; 2015: £1.7m), amortisation of acquired intangibles (2016: £3.7m; 2015: £1.7m) and integration and restructuring costs (2016: £2.4m; 2015: £1.0m), exchange gains from revaluation of foreign assets and liabilities (2016: £1.0m; 2015: £0.3m loss) and include implied interest from acquisition funding (2016: nil; 2015 £0.7m).

 

Trading and Operational Highlights

·      Profits in line with market expectations

·      Strong performance in Engineering, with NFI growth of 6%

·      Technology NFI down 6%. Good growth in Telecoms (+9%) but offset by underperformance in IT (-17%); changes made to market focus and management structure are improving results 

·      Integration of Networkers nearing completion with £3.1m of synergies identified, to be realised in FY2017

·      Reinvestment of £1.8m of synergies made to strengthen the business, including adding international headcount to support and drive forward growth outside the UK.

·      Newly created Engineering Technology division, which combined existing Networkers and Matchtech skill sets and targets the "Internet of Things", is already one of our fastest growing businesses

·      Full year dividend increased by 5% to 23.0 pence per share (2015: 22.0 pence)

 

Outlook

·      Since entering the new financial year we have a seen a slowdown in trading in the UK with Group NFI in 2017 Q1 forecast to be down 3% on 2016 Q1 (Contract down 2%; Permanent down 7%)

·      We are continuing to Invest in our overseas operations which continue to enjoy growth and  which will to some extent mitigate the uncertainty around UK economy in the medium term

·      Full year effects of Networkers acquisition to come through in FY17, with first concrete sales synergies now being realised

 

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

"I am pleased to report a positive year for the Group, where we delivered solid results, made significant progress on the integration of Networkers and introduced the new Group brand name, Gattaca.

 

"The 2017 financial year has started with growth internationally offset by a weaker performance in the UK. An early success this year has been the first sales win by our Gattaca solutions service line which significantly enhances our international delivery capability.

 

"Looking forward, uncertainty about the future of the British economy raises concerns for companies like ours, operating in what is seen as a highly cyclical sector. Nevertheless, our well established approach of partnering with our clients on long-term public and private infrastructure projects mitigates this risk to some extent, as does our increasing geographic diversification.

 

"The strategic repositioning of the Group is now complete. We have two well regarded market facing brands -Matchtech and Networkers - which are well placed to gain share in the highly attractive Engineering and Technology markets. Our investment in business development and international operations, as well as our burgeoning solutions service line, give us great confidence in the Company's future prospects."

 

 

For further information please contact:

 

Gattaca plc                             

+44 (0) 1489 898989

Brian Wilkinson, Chief Executive Officer    

Tony Dyer, Chief Financial Officer        

 


Citigate Dewe Rogerson

+44 (0) 20 7638 9571

Rob Newman / Nick Hayns

 


Numis Securities Limited

+44 (0) 20 7260 1000

Michael Meade / Tom Ballard

 


 

 

Chairman's Statement

 

I am delighted to introduce the Group's 2016 Annual Results, my first as Non-Executive Chairman, having joined in December 2015.

 

Since arriving, whenever I meet our employees I am always impressed with the professionalism of the individuals, their enthusiasm and the teamwork that exists. This makes for a strong and unique culture, which we aim to retain as we grow the business.

 

It has been a transformational year, with significant investment in ensuring the successful integration of Networkers into the Group, the strengthening of our international footprint in Asia and North America and the launch of the new Group brand, Gattaca.

 

With Gattaca, we now have three distinct brands. Matchtech is centred on engineering and Networkers on technology. Both brands are long established and well known. The Group rebrand was the final touch in the front office integration, and we can now push forward on transforming our business into a truly global, specialist recruitment group.  While we have further work to undertake in harmonizing systems, the majority of benefits will be realised this coming year.

 

As a result of the Networkers acquisition, the Group's overall results are up significantly on 2015. NFI increased 33%, although on a like for like basis we are flat year on year. A robust performance in Engineering was offset by some disappointing early results in the IT sector of Technology. We responded quickly, applying the same segmented marketing approach we developed in Engineering, and have already seen an improvement in results. Overall we are well placed to benefit from the growth opportunities we see in many of the markets in which we operate as the demand for skilled engineers and technology specialists continues to grow.

 

In the months immediately before and after the EU referendum held on 23 June 2016, there was a pause in some clients' recruitment, but activity returned quickly to pre-referendum levels. Companies that were recruiting before have continued to do so in the subsequent months. Demand for skilled engineers in both the UK public and private sectors remains strong, and we have yet to see any change to vacancy flow.

 

However, the outcome of the vote continues to make the economic outlook uncertain, yet it is still too early to say what its near-term impact will be for Gattaca. Whilst the amount of business we conduct in Europe is not significant, the same cannot be said for many of our clients and any uncertainty can have a knock-on effect in the investment decisions our clients make.

 

In the longer term, our strength within the Engineering and Technology sectors transcends international boundaries, and as the trend towards globalisation continues, we are in a good position to respond to any EU exit settlement eventually reached.

 

The Group's progressive dividend policy remains an important part of our investment proposition. Diluted earnings per share of 31.0p (2015: 29.6p) was up 5% and the Board feels confident in recommending to shareholders a final dividend per share of 17.0p giving a 5% increase in the total dividend for the year to 23.0p (2015: 22.0p). If approved by shareholders at the Annual General Meeting, to be held on 7 December 2016, the final dividend will be payable on 16 December 2016 to those shareholders on the register on 18 November 2016.

 

On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank all staff for their contribution to the success of the business. I would also like to thank my colleagues on the Board, especially Ric Piper for his time as Interim Chairman.

 

Outlook

The medium term outlook for Gattaca is positive, despite some weakening in demand in the UK. The Board will continue to assess UK trading over the coming months as clearly there is uncertainty over how the EU referendum result will affect UK investment.

 

We are, however, well placed to increase our market share in the UK, while pursing strong international growth through our regional hubs.

 

We are exceptionally good at what we do - specialist Engineering and Technology recruitment - and we know we have the employees who can rise to the challenge of growing this business. I look forward to the future with confidence.

 

Patrick Shanley

Chairman

 

 

Chief Executive's Review

 

Gattaca - a focused business

2016 has undoubtedly been the most significant year in the company's history since our flotation ten years ago. Our acquisition of Networkers in April 2015 saw us begin the complex process of integrating two people-businesses.

 

Emerging from this, we decided to re-brand our Group to Gattaca, a choice based on our culture, which is a major driver of our success. With our founding shareholder on the Board, the Group retains the feel of a family business. Gattaca expresses the idea of a group of individuals who are part of a bigger entity, who have shared DNA and a common purpose, but who each have their own specialisms.

 

Recruitment is about relationships, and long-term success follows a virtuous circle - we place candidates, who become clients, who seek great candidates.

 

We are highly specialised, with a differentiated position - we believe that there is no other recruiter of our size and geographical spread who focuses purely on engineering and technology disciplines.

 

We are recognised as the UK's number one engineering recruiter1, yet estimate our market share at around only 5%. The global engineering recruitment market is valued at US$26bn and the technology recruitment market at US$57bn. Clearly, therefore, we have capacity for substantial international growth without diversification due to our 'narrow and deep' sales strategy. (1Recruitment International Top 500 Report 2016)

 

By integrating Networkers and Matchtech, we are on track to achieve considerable cost savings of £3.1m. These cost savings have been largely redeployed through strategic investments of £1.8m in areas that include internal recruitment, learning and development, bids, business development and regional management. This incorporates the appointment of managing directors for Asia and the Americas. NFI from our international offices grew 30% and we continue to invest in these areas.

 

European countries are tougher markets for UK recruiters than English-speaking ones. We have laid foundations for planned expansion, having won a pan-European managed service programme for a major global technology client. For this, we established operational teams in the Netherlands, Spain and Germany, which will also make it easier to
provide services to other clients in the future.

 

Engineering Sector

The Engineering sector performed well with net fee income (NFI) up 6% on 2015.

 

Infrastructure performed particularly strongly with 18% NFI growth on the back of continued investment in the UK on major projects including Crossrail, Thames Tideway, London Bridge, South West Rail extension, major highway upgrades and High Speed 2. To accelerate growth, we have increased headcount in our London office. We also see significant opportunities internationally, particularly in the US, where Texas Road & Highway Construction alone has an annual budget of $2.5bn dedicated from 2018 and is an opportunity to mirror one of Matchtech's strongest UK divisions in our Dallas office.

 

Our energy business as a whole was down 7% on 2015 due to the continued global downturn in Oil & Gas but was mitigated to some extent by the Nuclear, Renewables and Transmission sectors. There was growth in the Renewables markets in the UK, the Middle East and East Africa. We are well placed to support the large-scale upgrade and new-build power transmission projects, particularly in the US, with billions of dollars in upgrades and new builds planned for the coming decades. In the UK, delays to the nuclear new build programme slowed activity, but the approval since the year end of Hinkley Point and renewal of Trident should spur activity in the coming years.

 

The automotive division saw NFI decrease by 4%. In the UK, new car sales are at record levels and R&D investment is high, yet there are acute skills-shortages with an estimated 50,000 additional automotive engineers needed in the UK by 2020. The success of electric vehicles is transforming environmental performance expectations, while the transport system is likely to be impacted by connected cars and smart motorways. The sector provides plenty of opportunity and we are confident of our ability to maximise this.

 

The aerospace division saw growth of 12% on the back of Original Equipment Manufacturers enjoying strong order books for existing aircraft model production. We are seeing demand predominantly across precision machining and interiors skill sets. Our teams provide skills to clients looking to future-proof the next five-to-ten years in materials development and technical innovations.

 

Maritime had a challenging year, with the lull in naval build programmes following the completion of the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers leading to a fall in Contract NFI of 17%. However, with the new aircraft carriers due to arrive in Portsmouth next year and with the Successor submarine programme approved by Parliament, we expect a return to growth. Overseas, we continue to build on our success sourcing talent for the CAD $26bn Canadian surface combatant programme helping permanent fee income grow 11% and we have recruited staff to capitalise on opportunities in Europe and Australia.

 

We saw good growth of 10% in General Engineering which supplies candidates across multiple sectors, where skill shortages are considerable, including fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), medical devices and special purpose machinery. Permanent fee income increased by 25% as a result. Demand remains high for science and medical staff in pharmaceutical and radiography in private healthcare, where UK shortages prompted candidate attraction campaigns in Europe and the US.

 

We saw a strong performance from Engineering Technology, with contract NFI increasing by 17%. This division serves as the link between our two specialist brands operating within the convergence of engineering and IT skillsets. This sector is evolving rapidly with advances in manufacturing process automation and product innovation.

 

We also saw good growth in our professional staffing business, which supplies finance, HR, procurement and sales staff to our Engineering and Technology clients with NFI up 16%.

 

Technology Sector

The Technology sector underperformed with NFI down 6% on 2015. Telecoms delivered strong growth of 9% in NFI, offset by IT which was down 17% year on year but with the rate of decline slowing (H1 down 21%; H2 down 14%).

 

Telecoms performed well globally, particularly strong in Africa, Asia and Latin America on the back of investment in 4G/LTE network rollouts and upgrades. New markets of IP/broadcast, post-paid billings and mobile money are also creating opportunities. The convergence of Telecoms and IT skills has presented high-end roles in IT security, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and development.

 

As reported at the half year, we have streamlined the IT structure to focus on five specialisms; leadership (business change), ERP, development, cloud, and security. 

 

Our leadership business has performed steadily with NFI broadly the same as last year, supplying change and transformation experts, programme and project managers and business analysts to the engineering, leisure and retail sectors in the UK.

 

ERP was down 30%, impacted by a major client outsourcing its entire IT function. This business has predominantly been focused on the European market delivered from the UK and to improve resilience and growth opportunities we have increased headcount in the US and Singapore.

 

We also saw a 20% reduction in demand from our corporate account and public sector clients and we have integrated our two public sector businesses and formed one, industry-focussed, business unit.

 

Internationally, however, IT grew NFI by 8% with particularly strong performances in the Middle East, Asia and North America. 

 

Going forwards, IT development skill shortages in permanent recruitment are resulting in an active contract market and our focus on small and medium size organisations is gaining traction, particularly in financial technology. We have a well-established team in the UK and have invested in new headcount in our US and Canada offices.

 

We work with system integrators on cloud implementation projects and are seeing increased demand across Europe in the niche cloud applications market and are looking to extend this into other locations.

 

Cyber security is a relatively new specialism and we see this as a growth market with businesses forecast to significantly increase investment, based on the vast amounts of data being created and the increasing importance of keeping it secure.

 

Outlook

"The 2017 financial year has started with growth internationally offset by a weaker performance in the UK. An early success this year has been the first sales win by our Gattaca solutions service line, which significantly enhances our international delivery capability.

 

"Looking forward, uncertainty about the future of the British economy raises concerns for companies like ours, operating in what is seen as a highly cyclical sector. Nevertheless, our well established approach of partnering with our clients on long-term public and private infrastructure projects mitigates this risk to some extent, as does our increasing geographic diversification.

 

"The strategic repositioning of the Group is now complete. We have two well regarded market facing brands -Matchtech and Networkers - which are well placed to gain share in the highly attractive Engineering and Technology markets. Our investment in business development and international operations, as well as our burgeoning solutions service line, give us great confidence in the Company's future prospects."

 

Brian Wilkinson

Chief Executive Officer

 

 

Chief Financial Officer's Review

 

A solid financial performance leaves the Group in a strong financial position with substantial investment headroom to implement our growth strategy.

 

The new international footprint of the business provides additional balance and resilience to the Group's business model and delivers a ready-made platform for the Group to grow NFI faster overseas which already represents 32% of the Group.

 

The Group has benefited from the combination of two cash generative businesses, with £15.5m of cash generated before dividends and since the year end we have extended our financing facilities with HSBC for a further four years.

Altogether, our growing financial strength has enabled us to continue our progressive dividend policy, with a proposed total dividend for the year of 23.0 pence per share (2015: 22.0 pence) up 5%.

 

Performance

The following results include the first full year of Networkers trading following a four month contribution in last year's results.

 

Revenue of £617.6m (2015: £502.3m) generated net fee income (NFI) of £73.0m (2015: £54.8m). Contract NFI of £53.9m (2015: £40.1m) was delivered at a margin of 9.0% (2015: 8.2%), and permanent recruitment fees were £19.1m (2015: £14.7m). The full year effect of Networkers higher margin business meant gross margins rose to 11.8% (2015: 10.9%).

 

Profits from operations of £15.1m were up 22% (2015: £12.4m). The Group benefitted from a £1.0m revaluation of foreign cash and assets significantly affected by the Sterling devaluation post referendum leading to an increase in profits before tax of 34% to £15.1m (2015: 11.3m).

 

On a pro-forma underlying basis, calculated as though Networkers had been owned by the Group for the entire prior period and excluding both £2.4m (2015: £2.7m) of non-recurring costs and £3.7m (2015: £1.7m) of amortisation of acquired intangibles, profits from operations were up 1% to £21.5m (2015: £21.2m).

 

Profits after tax of £9.9m were up 6% with the full year effect of the Networkers acquisition impacting the Group's effective tax rate (ETR) which increased from 26.3% to 34.4%. Our overseas entities are subject to a higher average corporate tax rate than the UK standard rate and withholding taxes, which are managed through higher gross margins charged to clients, also increase the ETR.

 

Dividends paid

In the year, the Group paid a final dividend of 16.32 pence per share on 11 December 2015 and an interim dividend of 6.00 pence per share on 17 June 2016, totalling £6.9m.

 

Integration synergies

On the back of the acquisition the Group has achieved £3.1m of cost synergies, the majority of which will be realised in FY2017. A significant proportion of this has been reinvested to support future growth. Large parts of the integration are complete but we have further work in harmonising systems.  We expect a final £0.5m of integration related costs in the first half of FY2017.

 

Tangible and intangible assets

Capital expenditure in the year, including tangible assets and software, was £0.9m (2015: £0.9m). Tangible assets at 31 July 2016 of £1.1m (2015: £1.5m) consist of the Group's motor fleet, office equipment, leasehold improvements and computer equipment. Intangible assets at 31 July 2016 were £48.4m (2015: £52.2m).

 

Net assets and shares in issue

At 31 July 2016 the Group had net assets of £81.6m (2015: £76.5m) and had 31.2m fully paid ordinary shares in issue (2015: 30.9m).

 

Working capital, cash flow and net debt

Debtor days of the combined Group at the year-end were 50 days (31 July 2015: 49).

Net debt at 31 July 2016 was £25.0m (2015: £33.6m), consisting of a working capital facility of £18.8m (2015: £9.0m), bank term loan £13.6m (2015: £28.6m), bank overdrafts £nil (2015: £nil) less cash £7.4m (2015: £4.0m).

 

Banking facilities

On 20 October 2016 the Group extended its financing facilities with HSBC for a further four years, The Group has facilities of £105m consisting of a £75m invoice financing facility and a £30m revolving credit facility, both committed until October 2020.

 

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 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 £25.0m at the year end, comprising £32.4m debt less £7.4m 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 4% (2015: 3%) of total receivables balances at 31 July 2016.

 

Foreign currency risk

Around 32% of the Group's annualised NFI is generated in overseas markets. The Group does face risks to both its reported performance and cash position arising from the effects of exchange rate fluctuations. The Group manages this risk by matching sales and direct costs in the same currency, by entering into forward exchange contracts to minimise the gap in assets and liabilities denominated in foreign currencies and by regularly exchanging surplus foreign currency to minimise the gap in assets and liabilities denominated in foreign currency.

 

Tony Dyer

Chief Financial Officer

 

 

Consolidated Income Statement

For the year ended 31 July 2016


Note

2016
£'000

2015
£'000

Revenue


617,604

502,293

Cost of sales


(544,608)

(447,474)

GROSS PROFIT

2

72,996

54,819

Administrative expenses


 (57,934)

 (42,459)

PROFIT FROM OPERATIONS

3

15,062

12,360

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


21,089

16,750

Non-recurring costs included within administrative expenses

3

 (2,371)

 (2,710)

Amortisation of acquired intangibles

3

(3,656)

(1,680)

Profit on disposal of subsidiary


58

-

Finance income

5

1,025

-

Finance cost

6

(1,076)

(1,074)

PROFIT BEFORE TAX


 15,069

 11,286

Taxation

9

(5,152)

(2,959)

PROFIT FOR THE YEAR


9,917

8,327

Attributable to:




Equity holders of the parent


 9,917

 8,311

Non-controlling interests


-

16



 9,917

 8,327

 

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

 

EARNINGS PER ORDINARY SHARE





Note

2016
pence

2015
pence

Basic

10

32.1

 31.0

Diluted

10

31.0

 29.6

 

 

Statement of Comprehensive Income

For the year ended 31 July 2016


2016
£'000

2015
£'000

PROFIT FOR THE YEAR

9,917

8,327

OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME



Items that may be classified to profit or loss:

Exchange differences on retranslation of foreign operations

835

(109)

OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME FOR THE YEAR

835

(109)

TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE INCOME FOR THE YEAR

 10,752

 8,218

 

Attributable to:



Equity holders of the parent

 10,752

 8,202

Non-controlling interests

-

16


10,752

8,218

 

 

Statement of Changes in Equity

For the year ended 31 July 2016

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 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

Reacquisition of non-controlling interest

-

-

-

-

-

(650)

-

(650)

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

 -

 (4,754)

 -

 25,656










At 31 July 2015

 309

 8,694

 28,750

 2,140

 (20)

 36,648

 16

 76,537










At 1 August 2015

 309

 8,694

 28,750

 2,140

 (20)

 36,648

 16

 76,537










Profit for the year

-

-

-

-

-

 9,917

-

 9,917

Other comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

 835

-

-

835

Total comprehensive income

 -

 -

 -

 -

 835

 9,917

 -

 10,752










Dividends paid in the year

-

-

-

-

-

 (6,892)

-

 (6,892)

Deferred tax movement re share options

-

-

-

-

-

(185)

-

(185)

Acquisition of non-controlling interest

-

-

-

-

-

(124)

(16)

(140)

IFRS 2 charge

-

-

-

1,537

-

-

-

1,537

IFRS 2 reserves transfer

-

-

-

 (1,140)

-

 1,140

 -

 -

Shares issued

3

 2

-

-

-

-

-

 5

Transactions with owners

3

 2

 -

 397

 -

 (6,061)

 (16)

(5,675)










At 31 July 2016

 312

 8,696

 28,750

 2,537

 815

 40,504

-

 81,614

 

 

B) Company


Share
 capital
 £'000

Share
 premium
 £'000

 

 

Merger reserve

£'000

Share
 based
payment
reserve
£'000

 Retained
earnings
£'000

 Total
£'000

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








At 1 August 2015

309

 8,694

28,526

 2,140

 612

 40,281








Profit and total comprehensive income for the year

-

-

 

-

-

 7,298

 7,298








Dividends paid in the year

 -

 -

-

 -

 (6,892)

 (6,892)

IFRS 2 charge

-

 -

-

 1,537

 -

 1,537

IFRS 2 reserves transfer

 -

 -

-

 (1,140)

 1,140

 -

Shares issued

3

 2

-

 -

 -

 5

Transactions with owners

3

 2

-

 397

 (5,752)

 (5,350)








At 31 July 2016

312

 8,696

28,526

 2,537

 2,158

 42,229

 

 

Statements of Financial Position

For the year ended 31 July 2016

 

 


Group

Company


Note

2016
£'000

2015
£'000

2016
£'000

2015
£'000

NON-CURRENT ASSETS






Intangible assets

11

 48,371

 52,230

 -

 -

Property, plant and equipment

12

 1,125

 1,535

 -

 -

Investments

13

 -

 -

 7,213

 5,676

Deferred tax asset

14

969

1,237

 -

 -

Total Non-Current Assets


 50,465

 55,002

 7,213

 5,676

CURRENT ASSETS






Trade and other receivables

15

 100,811

 98,897

 80,335

 72,135

Cash and cash equivalents


 7,442

 3,997

 -

 -

Total Current Assets


108,253

102,894

 80,335

 72,135

TOTAL ASSETS


 158,718

 157,896

 87,548

 77,811

NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES






Deferred tax liability

14

(4,286)

(4,967)

-

-

Provisions

16

 (278)

 (278)

 -

 -

Bank loans and overdrafts

22

(13,608)

(28,608)

(13,608)

(28,608)

Total Non-Current Liabilities


 (18,172)

 (33,853)

 (13,608)

 (28,608)

CURRENT LIABILITIES






Trade and other payables

17

 (37,861)

 (37,562)

 (31,711)

 (8,922)

Current tax liability


 (2,224)

 (911)

 -

 -

Bank loans and overdrafts

22

 (18,847)

 (9,033)

  -

  -

Total Current Liabilities


(58,932)

(47,506)

 (31,711)

 (8,922)

TOTAL LIABILITIES


(77,104)

(81,359)

 (45,319)

 (37,530)

NET ASSETS


 81,614

 76,537

 42,229

 40,281

 

EQUITY






Called-up equity share capital

20

 312

 309

 312

 309

Share premium account


 8,696

 8,694

 8,696

 8,694

Merger reserve


 28,750

 28,750

 28,526

 28,526

Share based payment reserve


 2,537

 2,140

 2,537

 2,140

Translation of foreign operations


 815

 (20)

 -

 -

Retained earnings


 40,504

 36,648

 2,158

 612

TOTAL EQUITY ATTRIBUTABLE TO EQUITY HOLDERS OF THE PARENT


 81,614

 76,521

42,229

40,281

Non-controlling interests


 16

 -

 -

TOTAL EQUITY


 81,614

 76,537

 42,229

 40,281

 

 

These financial statements were approved by the Board of Directors on 3 November 2016, and signed on their behalf by:

 

 

Tony Dyer

Chief Financial Officer

 

Consolidated Cash flow Statement

For the year ended 31 July 2016

 

 

Group

Company


2016
£'000

2015
£'000

2016
£'000

2015
 £'000

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES





Profit after taxation

9,917

8,327

 7,298

 3,482

Adjustments for:





Depreciation and amortisation

4,776

2,696

 -

 -

Profit on disposal of property, plant and equipment

(7)

(13)

 -

 -

Interest income

(1,025)

-

 -

 -

Interest expense

1,076

1,074

 -

 -

Taxation expense recognised in profit and loss

5,152

2,959

 -

 -

(Increase)/decrease in trade and other receivables

 (1,914)

12,524

 (8,200)

 4,101

Increase/(decrease) in trade and other payables

 299

 (11,157)

22,789

 6,733

Share based payment charge

1,537

1,623

 -

 -

Investment income

-

-

 (8,200)

 (4,250)

Cash generated from operations

 19,811

 18,033

 13,687

 10,066

Interest paid

 (1,186)

 (848)

 -

 -

Income taxes paid

(4,067)

(3,965)

        -  

        -  

NET CASH FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES

14,558

13,220

 13,687

 10,066

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES





Purchase of property, plant and equipment

 (471)

 (524)

 -

 -

Purchase of intangible assets

(462)

(387)

 -

 -

Acquisitions net of cash received

(390)

(37,587)

-

(37,587)

Proceeds from sale of subsidiary

420

-

 -

 -

Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment

53

58

 -

 -

Dividends received

 -

 -

 8,200

 4,250

NET CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES

(850)

(38,440)

 8,200

 (33,337)

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES





Proceeds from issue of share capital

5

6

 5

 6

Drawdown of term loan

-

28,608

-

28,608

Repayment of term loan

(15,000)

-

 (15,000)

  -

Dividends paid

(6,892)

(5,382)

 (6,892)

 (5,382)

NET CASH USED IN FINANCING

 (21,887)

 23,232

 (21,887)

 23,232

Effects of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents

 1,908

 (143)

 -

 -

NET DECREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

 (6,271)

 (2,131)

 -

 (39)

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT BEGINNING OF YEAR

 (5,240)

 (3,109)

 -

 39

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END OF YEAR

 (11,511)

 (5,240)

-

-

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS





Cash

 7,442

 3,997

 -

 -

Bank overdrafts

(14)

(14)

 -

 -

Working capital facility used

 (18,939)

 (9,223)

 -

 -

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS IN CASH FLOW STATEMENTS

(11,511)

(5,240)

-

-

 

Notes forming part of the financial statements

1 The Group and Company Significant Accounting Policies

i The Business and Address of the Group

Gattaca 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: Gattaca plc, 1450 Parkway, Whiteley, Fareham, Hampshire PO15 7AF.

ii Basis of Preparation of the Financial Statements

The Financial Statements have been prepared in accordance with applicable International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union (EU) and which are effective at 31 July 2016.

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 is set out below.

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 is applicable for the period ending 31 July 2016:

Standard


Effective date
(Annual periods beginning on or after)

IAS 19

Defined Benefit Plans: Employee Contributions

1 February 2015

 

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)

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 2018

IFRS 15

Revenue

1 January 2018

IFRS 16

Leases

1 January 2019

IFRS improvements

Various

Various

 

The Board needs to assess the impact of the above new standards, however, 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 following 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 equipment

12.5% to 33.0%

Straight line

Leasehold Improvements

Over the period of the lease term

Straight line

 

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         

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.

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.           

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 Alternative Performance Measures

Alternative performance measures used within the Group's Annual Report are explained within Note 24 to the Financial Statements.

xxiv 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:

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.

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 chief operating decision maker, as defined in IFRS 8, has been identified as the Board of Directors of Gattaca plc. The information reported below is consistent with the reports regularly provided to the Board of Directors.

Reportable segments

For the year to 31 July 2015, the Group was reported in three main segments: Engineering, Professional Services and Networkers. Following the integration of Networkers, from 1 August 2015 the reporting structure of the Group was changed to two main reporting segments, Engineering and Technology.

The new Engineering reporting segment includes the Engineering business previously reported together with the Engineering business included within Networkers and the Professional Services brands of Barclay Meade and    Alderwood.

The Technology segment includes the Connectus brand previously reported within Professional Services and the remaining Networkers business. An explanation of the changes between the new and previous segment reporting is included below.

2016

All amounts in £'000

Engineering

Technology

Total

Divested businesses

Non-
recurring
 items and amortisation of acquired intangibles

Group Total

Revenue

 397,737

 219,095

 616,832

 772

 -

 617,604

Gross profit

 43,508

 28,879

 72,387

 609

-

 72,996

Operating contribution

 23,583

 14,640

38,223

(46)

 -

 38,177

Central overheads

(9,614)

(7,112)

(16,726)

(362)

 (6,027)

 (23,115)

Profit/(loss) from operations

13,969

7,528

21,497

(408)

(6,027)

15,062

Profit on disposal of subsidiary





58

58

Finance cost, net






 (51)

Profit before tax






 15,069








Depreciation and amortisation

 877

 243

 1,120

 

3,656

 4,776








Segment assets

 63,292

 34,864

 98,156

 


 98,156

Unallocated net liabilities






 (16,542)

Total net assets






 81,614

 

2015

All amounts in £'000

Engineering

Technology

Total

Divested businesses

Non-
recurring
 items and amortisation of acquired intangibles

Group Total

Revenue

 366,628

 129,054

 495,682

 6,611

 -

 502,293

Gross profit

 37,853

 14,605

 52,458

 2,361

-

 54,819

Operating contribution

 21,135

 6,925

28,060

224

 -

 28,284

Central overheads

(8,030)

(2,683)

(10,713)

(821)

 (4,390)

 (15,924)

Profit/(loss) from operations

13,105

4,242

17,347

(597)

(4,390)

12,360

Finance cost, net






 (1,074)

Profit before tax






 11,286








Depreciation and amortisation

 749

 267

 1,016

 

1,680

 2,696








Segment assets

 69,595

 24,277

 93,872

 


 93,872

Unallocated net liabilities






 (17,335)

Total net assets






 76,537

 

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.

Changes to segment reporting from 2015 audited Financial Statements

For the year to 31 July 2015, the segment reporting was presented in three segments: Professional Services, Networkers and Engineering. The analysis below is a breakdown into the new segments reported   above.










 

Professional Services


 

Networkers


Engineering

Technology

Divested businesses

Total


Engineering

Technology

Divested businesses

Total













Revenue

47,503

79,515

5,764

132,782


6,631

49,539

847

57,017













Gross profit

7,557

 7,572

1,548

 16,677


 1,608

 7,033

813

 9,454


Profit/(loss) from operations

2,062

 2,498

(347)

 4,213


 497

 1,744

(250)

 1,991


The total of the Engineering segment reported for the year ended 31 July 2015 is reported within the revised Engineering segment above.

Geographical Information


Revenue

Non-current assets

All amounts in £'000

2016

2015

2016

2015

UK

586,842

488,611

 49,940

 54,582

Rest of Europe

1,378

1,575

-

-

Middle East and Africa

5,532

4,298

 227

 199

Americas

20,594

6,103

 138

 57

Asia Pacific

3,258

1,706

 160

 164


 617,604

 502,293

50,465

55,002

 

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 (2015: none).

3 Profit from Operations


2016
£'000

2015
 £'000

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



Depreciation

 835

 743

Amortisation of acquired intangibles

 3,656

 1,680

Amortisation of software licences

 285

 273

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

 (7)

 (13)

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

 238

 234

                               - Non audit services: taxation

 45

 73

                                                                    other services pursuant to legislation

 -

 41

Operating lease costs:                             - Plant and machinery

 312

 272

                               - Land and buildings

 1,610

 1,121

Share based payment charge

 1,537

 1,623

Net (gain)/loss on foreign currency exchange differences

 (1,025)

 288

Non-recurring costs included within administrative expenses:



Acquisition costs

 -

 1,685

Restructuring costs

 2,371

 1,025

4 Particulars of Employees

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


2016
 No.

2015
No.

Sales

 526

 383

Administration

 203

 147

Directors

 11

 10

Total

 740

 540

 

The aggregate payroll costs of the above were:    


2016
£'000

2015
 £'000

Wages and salaries

 32,578

 23,344

Social security costs

 3,262

 2,515

Other pension costs

 1,255

 1,190

Total

 37,095

 27,049

 

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.


2016
£'000

2015
£'000

Short term employee benefits

 2,319

 2,180

Post employment benefits

 113

 212

Share based payments

 600

 1,039

Total

 3,032

 3,431

5 Finance Income


2016
£'000

2015
£'000

Foreign currency exchange differences

1,025 

 -

Total

 1,025

 -

6 Finance Cost


2016
£'000

2015
£'000

Bank interest payable

 977

 773

Amortisation of capitalised finance costs

 99

 13

Foreign currency exchange differences

 -

 288

Total

 1,076

 1,074

7 Dividends


2016
£'000

2015
 £'000

Equity dividends paid during the year at 22.32 pence per share (2015: 20.27 pence)

 6,892

 5,382

Equity dividends proposed after the year end (not recognised as a liability) at 17.00 pence per share (2015: 16.32 pence)

 5,298

 5,046

 

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

8 Parent Company Profit


2016
£'000

2015
 £'000

The amount of profit dealt within the accounts of the Company is

 7,298

3,482

 

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

9 Taxation


2016
£'000

2015
£'000

Current tax: UK corporation tax

3,606

2,977

                   Overseas corporation tax

2,153

626

                   Prior year over provision

(9)

(235)


 5,750

 3,368




Deferred tax (note 14)

 (598)

 (409)

Income tax expense

5,152

2,959

 

UK corporation tax has been charged at 20.0% (2015: 20.7%).

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


2016
£'000

2015
£'000

Profit before tax

 15,069

 11,286

Profit before tax multiplied by the standard rate of corporation tax in the UK of 20.0% (2015: 20.7%)

 3,014

 2,336

Expenses not deductible for tax purposes

610

 386

Irrecoverable withholding tax

 1,137

 340

Adjustments to tax charge in respect of previous periods

 (9)

 (235)

Overseas losses not provided for

 -

 46

Difference between UK and overseas tax rates

400

86

Total tax charge for period

 5,152

 2,959

 

Tax charge recognised directly in equity:


2016
 £'000

2015
£'000

Deferred tax recognised directly in equity

 (185)

 174

Total tax recognised directly in equity

 (185)

 174

 

The 2015 Summer Budget on 8 July 2015 announced that the UK corporation tax rate would reduce to 18% by 2020, a further reduction to 17% was announced on 16 March 2016.

 

Deferred tax at 31 July 2016 has been calculated based on the rate of 18% substantively enacted at the Statement of Financial Position date.

10 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.


2016
£'000

2015
£'000

Profit after tax attributable to ordinary shareholders

 9,917

 8,327

 


2016
'000s

2015
'000s

Weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue

 30,887

 26,841

Effect of dilutive potential ordinary shares

 1,153

 1,263

Total

 32,040

 28,104

 


2016
 pence

2015
 pence

Basic

 32.1

 31.0

Diluted

 31.0

 29.6

11 Intangible Assets

Group


Goodwill
£'000

Customer relationships
£'000

 

Trade names £'000

Other

£'000

Software
licences
£'000

Total
 £'000

COST

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 1 August 2015

26,451

20,152

4,907

2,436

1,769

55,715


Additions

23

-

-

250

189

462


Disposals

(380)

-

-

-

-

(380)


At 31 July 2016

26,094

20,152

4,907

2,686

1,958

55,797

AMORTISATION

At 1 August 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


Charge for the year

-

2,097

915

644

285

3,941


At 31 July 2016

-

3,496

1,441

1,378

1,111

7,426

NET BOOK VALUE

At 31 July 2015

26,451

18,753

4,381

1,702

943

52,230


At 31 July 2016

26,094

16,656

3,466

1,308

847

48,371

 

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:

 

2016
£'000

2015
£'000

Professional Services

 1,643

 1,643

Engineering

4,379

4,379

Technology

 20,072

 20,429


 26,094

 26,451

 

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 Engineering and Technology cash flows was 15.4% (2015: 12.5%). The pre-tax rate used to discount the forecast Professional Services cashflows was 12.5% (2015:12.5%).

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% (2015: 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 by changing key assumptions in growth and discount rates. The sensitivity analysis shows no impairment would be reasonably foreseeable under each 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 2014

 1,173

 823

 2,956

 4,952


Additions

 -

 351

 173

 524


Acquisitions

 -

 94

 377

 471


Disposals

 (233)

 -

 (16)

 (249)


At 1 August 2015

 940

 1,268

 3,490

 5,698


Additions

 -

 58

 413

 471


Disposals

 (211)

 -

 (248)

 (459)


At 31 July 2016

 729

 1,326

 3,655

 5,710

DEPRECIATION

At 1 August 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


Charge for the year

 67

 340

 428

 835


Released on disposal

 (182)

 -

 (231)

 (413)


At 31 July 2016

 551

 872

 3,162

 4,585

NET BOOK VALUE

At 31 July 2015

 274

 736

 525

 1,535


At 31 July 2016

 178

 454

 493

 1,125

 

Included within Leasehold Improvements is a cost of £215,000 (2015: £215,000) relating to the dilapidations provision (see note 16).

There were no capital commitments as at 31 July 2016 or 31 July 2015.

13 Investments


Company


2016
£'000

2015
£'000

Investments in Group Companies at 1 August

 5,676

 3,403

Acquisition of Networkers

-

58,471

Transfer of Networkers to subsidiary company

-

(58,471)

Acquisition of non-controlling interest

-

650

Capital contribution

 1,537

 1,623

Investments in Group Companies at 31 July

 7,213

 5,676

 

The movement in investments in Group companies represents a capital contribution made in Matchtech Group (UK) Limited relating to share based payments.

Subsidiary Undertakings         

Company

Country of Incorporation

Share Class

% held

2016

Main Activities

Matchtech Group (Holdings) Limited

United Kingdom

Ordinary

100%

Holding

Matchtech Group Management Company Limited

United Kingdom

Ordinary

100%

Non trading

Matchtech Group (UK) Limited

United Kingdom

Ordinary

99.998%

Provision of recruitment consultancy

Matchtech Engineering Limited

United Kingdom

Ordinary

100%

Non trading

Matchtech Limited

United Kingdom

Ordinary

100%

Non trading

Barclay Meade Limited

United Kingdom

Ordinary

100%

Provision of recruitment consultancy

Alderwood Education Limited

United Kingdom

Ordinary

100%

Provision of recruitment consultancy

Gattaca Solutions Limited

United Kingdom

Ordinary

100%

Provision of recruitment consultancy

Connectus Technology Limited

United Kingdom

Ordinary

100%

Provision of recruitment consultancy

Gattaca Recruitment Limited

United Kingdom

Ordinary

100%

Non trading

Matchtech GmbH

Germany

Ordinary

100%

Provision of recruitment consultancy

Matchtech BV

Netherlands

Ordinary

100%

Non trading

Matchtech Engineering Inc

USA

Ordinary

100%

Non trading

Application Services Limited

United Kingdom

Ordinary

100%

Provision of recruitment consultancy

Provanis Limited

United Kingdom

Ordinary

100%

Non trading

Networkers International Limited

United Kingdom

Ordinary

100%

Holding

Networkers International (UK) Limited

United Kingdom

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

Gattaca Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Malaysia

Ordinary

100%

Provision of recruitment consultancy

Comms Software Limited

United Kingdom

Ordinary

100%

Non trading

Gattaca de Colombia 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%

Non trading

Networkers International (India) Private Limited

India

Ordinary

100%

Non trading

Kithara Limited

South Africa

Ordinary

100%

Holding

 

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
2016
£'000

Liability
2016
£'000

Net
 2016
£'000

Credited/
(charged)
 to profit
 2016
£'000

Credited/
(charged)
 to equity
2016
£'000

Share based payments

 675

 -

 675

 (143)

 (185)

Depreciation in excess of capital allowances

 108

 -

 108

 32

 -

Acquired intangibles

 -

 (4,286)

 (4,286)

 681

 -

Other temporary and deductible differences

 186

 -

 186

28

 -

Net deferred tax assets/(liabilities)

 969

 (4,286)

 (3,317)

 598

 (185)

 

 

 

 


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

 

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


Group


2016
£'000

2015
 £'000

At 1 August

 (3,730)

 388

Acquired intangibles

-

(4,971)

Acquisitions

-

270

Recognised in income

 598

 409

Recognised in equity

 (185)

 174

At end of year

 (3,317)

 (3,730)

 

The rate of UK corporation tax applied to deferred tax calculations is 18% (2015: 20%).

15 Trade and Other Receivables


Group

Company


2016
£'000

2015
£'000

2016
£'000

2015
£'000

Trade receivables

 98,156

 93,872

 -

 -

Amounts owed by Group companies

 -

 -

 80,335

 72,135

Other receivables

 887

 3,438

 -

 -

Prepayments

 1,768

 1,587

 -

 -

Total

 100,811

 98,897

 80,335

 72,135

 

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 50.2 days (2015: 49.4 days). The allowance for doubtful debts has been determined by reference to previous experience and management assessment of recoverability.

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 £10,407,000 (2015: £10,056,000) 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


2016
£'000

2015
£'000

0-30 days

 7,427

 7,585

31-60 days

 2,046

 1,663

61-90 days

 744

 458

91+ days

 190

 350

Total

 10,407

 10,056

 

Movement in the allowance for doubtful debts:


Group


2016
£'000

2015
 £'000

At 1 August

 1,235

 300

Acquisitions

 -

 867

Impairment losses (reversed)/recognised

 (320)

 68

At 31 July

 915

 1,235

 

Ageing of impaired trade receivables:      


Group


2016
£'000

2015
 £'000

Not past due at reporting date

 -

 319

0-30 days

 -

 58

30-60 days

 1

 -

60-90 days

 -

 -

90+ days

 914

 858

Total

 915

 1,235

16 Provisions


Group


2016
£'000

2015
 £'000

At 1 August

 626

 278

Acquisition

 -

 364

Provisions released during the year

 (24)

 (16)

At 31 July

 602

 626




Non-current

 278

 278

Current

 328

 348


 602

 626

 

Provisions are included based on the requirement to return leased buildings to their original condition at the end of the lease term, the leases expire between June 2017 and March 2027.

17 Trade and Other Payables


Group

Company


2016
£'000

2015
£'000

2016
£'000

2015
£'000

Trade payables

 456

 538

 -

 -

Amounts owed to Group companies

 -

 -

 31,711

 8,922

Taxation and Social Security

 5,134

 5,415

 -

 -

Contractor wages creditor

 19,087

 16,698

 -

 -

Accruals and deferred income

 10,885

 14,227

 -

 -

Provisions

 324

 348

 -

 -

Other payables

 1,975

 336

 -

 -

Total

 37,861

 37,562

 31,711

 8,922

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:

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


Group

Company


2016
£'000

2015
£'000

2016
£'000

2015
£'000

Trade and other receivables





- Loan and receivables

 99,043

 97,310

 80,335

 72,135






Cash and cash equivalents





- Loan and receivables

 7,442

 3,997

 -

 -

Total

 106,485

 101,307

 80,335

 72,135

 

 

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


Group


2016
£'000

2015
£'000

Current liabilities






Borrowings



- Financial liabilities recorded at amortised cost

 32,455

 37,641




Trade and other payables



- Financial liabilities recorded at amortised cost

 32,403

 32,147

Total

 64,858

 69,788

 

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

On 20 October 2016 the Group extended its banking facilities with HSBC for a further four years until October 2020 with agreed bank facilities of £105m comprising a £75m Invoice Financing Facility and a £30m Revolving Credit Facility.

These facilities replaced the previous £95m  facilities.

The Group's working capital facilities with HSBC are secured by way of an all assets debenture, which contains fixed and floating charges over the assets of the Group. This facility allows the Company to borrow up to 90% of its invoiced debtors    up to a maximum of £75m. Interest is charged on borrowings at a rate of 1.1% over HSBC base rate.

The £30m Revolving Credit Facility 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 2016 the Group had commitments to pay the following amounts under non-cancellable operating leases as set out below:




Group




2016
£'000

2015
 £'000

Land/buildings

Payments falling due:

within 1 year

 1,340

 1,057



within 1 to 5 years

 5,221

 1,157



after 5 years

 5,307

 -

Other

Payments falling due:

within 1 year

 300

 269



within 1 to 5 years

 316

 483

 

20 Share Capital

Authorised Share Capital

Company


2016
£'000

2015
 £'000

40,000,000 Ordinary shares of £0.01 each

 400

 400

 

Allotted, called up and fully paid:


Company


2016
£'000

2015
£'000

31,167,000 (2015: 30,922,000) Ordinary shares of £0.01 each

 312

 309

 

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


Company


2016
'000

2015
'000

In issue at 1 August

 30,922

 24,965

Exercise of share options

245

 399

Issue of restricted shares

-

119

Share placing

 -

 5,439

In issue at 31 July

 31,167

 30,922

Share Options

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


2016
'000s

2015
 '000s

Date of grant

Exercise
 price
 pence

Exercise period

From

To

Key Share Options

-

 5

01/12/2005

146

01/06/2007

01/12/2015

Target/Loyalty Share Options

 -

 2

01/12/2005

146

01/12/2006

01/12/2015

Deferred Share Bonus

 -

 6

18/01/2010

1

18/01/2012

18/01/2020

Deferred Share Bonus

 -

 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

 1

04/02/2011

1

25/01/2013

04/02/2021

Zero Priced Share Option Bonus

 1

 2

04/02/2011

1

03/02/2014

04/02/2021

Long Term Incentive Plan Options

 9

 23

31/01/2012

1

30/01/2015

31/01/2022

Zero Priced Share Option Bonus

 1

 1

31/01/2012

1

30/01/2014

31/01/2022

Zero Priced Share Option Bonus

 2

 12

31/01/2012

1

30/01/2015

31/01/2022

Long Term Incentive Plan Options

 31

 32

31/01/2013

1

30/01/2016

31/01/2023

Zero Priced Share Option Bonus

 4

 4

31/01/2013

1

30/01/2015

31/01/2023

Zero Priced Share Option Bonus

11

206

31/01/2013

1

30/01/2016

31/01/2023

Long Term Incentive Plan Options

 104

 104

24/01/2014

1

24/01/2017

24/01/2024

Deferred Share Bonus

 10

 10

24/01/2014

1

24/01/2015

24/01/2024

Deferred Share Bonus

 10

 10

24/01/2014

1

24/01/2016

24/01/2024

Zero Priced Share Option Bonus

 11

 51

01/01/2014

1

01/01/2016

01/01/2024

Zero Priced Share Option Bonus

 233

 292

01/01/2014

1

01/01/2017

01/01/2024

Zero Priced Share Option Bonus

 15

 22

28/01/2015

1

28/01/2017

28/01/2025

Zero Priced Share Option Bonus

 108

 137

28/01/2015

1

28/01/2018

28/01/2025

Zero Priced Share Option Bonus

 44

 44

30/01/2015

1

30/01/2018

30/01/2025

Zero Priced Share Option Bonus

 16

 16

26/06/2015

1

26/06/2018

26/06/2025

Value Creation Plan

 389

 389

02/07/2015

1

18/11/2016

18/11/2021

Value Creation Plan

 389

 389

02/07/2015

1

18/11/2017

18/11/2021

Long Term Incentive Plan Options

45

-

11/02/2016

1

11/02/2019

11/02/2026

Zero priced share option bonus

76

-

11/02/2016

1

11/02/2018

11/02/2026

Zero priced share option bonus

76

-

11/02/2016

1

11/02/2019

11/02/2026

Long Term Incentive Plan Options

31

-

11/02/2016

225

11/02/2018

11/02/2026

Long Term Incentive Plan Options

31

-

11/02/2016

225

11/02/2019

11/02/2026

Total

1,650

 1,766





 

During the year, the Group granted share options under a Long Term Incentive Plan (LTIP) for Executive Directors and for key staff a Zero Priced Share Option Bonus and Long Term Incentive Plan Options. The LTIP options were granted on 11 February 2016 and are subject to an EPS performance target. The zero priced share options were granted on 11 February 2016 to members of staff subject to two and three year holding periods. The Long Term Incentive Plan Options were granted to staff on 11 February 2016 and were subject to two and three year holding periods with a release price of 591.75 pence per share. All share options have a life of 10 years and are equity settled on exercise.

The movement in share options is shown below:


2016

2015


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

 1,766

 1.7

 -

 2,051

 1.7

 -








Granted

 277

 56.0

 -

 1,074

 1.0

 -

Forfeited/lapsed

 (145)

 11.0

 -

 (986)

 1.0

 -

Exercised

 (248)

 4.6

 431.0

 (373)

 1.0

 525.0

Outstanding at 31 July

 1,650

 9.3


 1,766

 1.7


Exercisable at 31 July

 94

 1.0


 70

 1.3


 

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.


2016

2015

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)

01/01/2016

 -

 -

 -

 5

 51

 1.0

24/01/2016

 -

 -

 -

 6

 10

 1.0

30/01/2016

 -

 -

 -

 6

 242

 1.0

18/11/2016

 4

 389

 1.0

 16

 389

 1.0

01/01/2017

 5

 233

 1.0

 17

 292

 1.0

24/01/2017

 6

 104

 1.0

 18

 104

 1.0

28/01/2017

 6

 15

 1.0

 18

 22

 1.0

18/11/2017

 16

 389

 1.0

 28

 389

 1.0

28/01/2018

 18

 108

 1.0

 30

 137

 1.0

30/01/2018

 18

 44

 1.0

 30

 44

 1.0

11/02/2018

 19

 107

 46.3

 -

 -

 -

26/06/2018

23

16

1.0

35

16

1.0

11/02/2019

31

151

65.2

-

-

-

Total


 1,556



1,696


   

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 the Monte Carlo simulation method along with the assumptions detailed below. The values of the zero price options granted in the year were calculated using the Black Scholes method along with the assumptions as detailed below. The fair values of the SIPS 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
(£)

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

06/07/2015

SIP

5.58

0.01

N/A

3.00

N/A

N/A

5.58

05/08/2015

SIP

5.81

0.01

N/A

3.00

N/A

N/A

5.81

04/09/2015

SIP

5.64

0.01

N/A

3.00

N/A

N/A

5.64

05/10/2015

SIP

5.18

0.01

N/A

3.00

N/A

N/A

5.18

03/11/2015

SIP

5.45

0.01

N/A

3.00

N/A

N/A

5.45

08/12/2015

SIP

5.43

0.01

N/A

3.00

N/A

N/A

5.43

05/01/2016

SIP

5.35

0.01

N/A

3.00

N/A

N/A

5.35

05/02/2016

SIP

5.08

0.01

N/A

3.00

N/A

N/A

5.08

11/02/2016

LTIP

4.35

0.01

21.4%

2.00

5.1%

0.4%

1.45

11/02/2016

LTIP

4.35

0.01

21.4%

3.00

5.1%

0.4%

1.45

11/02/2016

LTIP

4.35

0.01

21.4%

2.00

5.1%

0.4%

0.88

11/02/2016

LTIP

4.35

0.01

21.4%

3.00

5.1%

0.4%

0.88

11/02/2016

Zero price bonus

4.50

0.01

20.9%

3.00

4.9%

0.5%

3.88

07/03/2016

SIP

4.29

0.01

N/A

3.00

N/A

N/A

4.29

14/04/2016

SIP

4.74

0.01

N/A

3.00

N/A

N/A

4.74

10/05/2016

SIP

4.65

0.01

N/A

3.00

N/A

N/A

4.65

06/06/2016

SIP

4.25

0.01

N/A

3.00

N/A

N/A

4.25

05/07/2016

SIP

3.54

0.01

N/A

3.00

N/A

N/A

3.54

 

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 five 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.

21 Transactions with Directors and Related Parties

During the year, the Group made sales of £370,000 (2015: £114,000) to InHealth Group which is a related party by virtue of the common directorship of Richard Bradford, and sales of £915,000 (2015: £624,000) to the Waterman Group by virtue of common directorship of Ric Piper. As at the year end, Waterman Group has a balance outstanding of £85,000 (2015: £137,000) and InHealth Group has a balance outstanding of £98,000 (2015: £20,000). 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 Gattaca plc £901,000 (2015: £767,000) for provision of management services. Further details of transactions with directors are included in the Director's Remuneration Report on pages 44 to 63..   

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 2016 was as follows:


Group

Company


2016
£'000

2015
£'000

2016
£'000

2015
£'000

In less than one year or on demand:





Bank overdrafts

14

14

 -

 -

Working capital facility

18,939

9,223

 -

 -

Finance costs capitalised

(106)

(204)

 -

-

Bank loans and overdrafts

18,847

9,033

 -

 -

Trade and other payables

32,403

32,147

 -

-

Total

51,250

41,180

 -

 -






More than one year but less than three years:





Term loan

13,608

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


2016

£'000

2015

 £'000

2016
£'000

2015
 £'000

Expiring in one to five years

76,061

57,169

 16,392

1,392

 

The Directors have calculated that the effect on profit of a 1% movement in interest rates would be £450,000 (2015: £420,000).

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 the 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 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.

Net foreign currency monetary assets are shown below:


Group


2015
£'000

2014
 £'000

US Dollar

10,120

6,821

Euro

 4,802

 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 £2,433,000.  A 25c weakening in the exchange rates would, on the same basis, have decreased pre-tax profit and reduced net assets by £3,616,000.

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

Gattaca 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


2016
£'000

2015
 £'000

Total equity

 81,614

 76,537

Cash and cash equivalents

 (7,442)

 (3,997)

Capital

 74,172

 72,540




Total equity

 81,614

 76,537

Borrowings

 32,561

 37,845

Overall financing

 114,175

 114,382

Capital to overall financing ratio

65%

63%

 

24 Alternative Performance Measures

Alternative performance measures are disclosed below to show the adjusted and underlying trading performance of the Group.

The adjusted basis is reported excluding non-recurring items, amortisation of acquired intangibles and results from divested businesses. The Underlying basis shows the trading performance of the Group on a pro-forma basis as if Networkers had been owned by the Group for the entire 12 month period.

2016

All amounts in £'000

Statutory basis

Non-recurring costs

Amortisation of acquired intangibles

Divested businesses

Proforma Networkers results

Revenue

 617,604

 -

 -

(772)

616,832

 -

 616,832

Gross profit

 72,996

 -

 -

(609)

72,387

-

 72,387

Profit from operations

 15,062

 2,371

3,656

 

408

 

21,497

 -

 21,497

 

2015

All amounts in £'000

Statutory basis

Non-recurring costs

Amortisation of acquired intangibles

Divested businesses

 

Adjusted basis

Proforma Networkers results

Proforma underlying basis

Revenue

 502,293

 -

 -

(6,611)

495,682

108,491

 604,173

Gross profit

 54,819

 -

 -

(2,361)

52,458

19,711

 72,169

Profit from operations

 12,360

 2,710

1,680

 

597

 

17,347

 3,849

 21,196

 

Net Debt

 

Net debt is calculated as follows:

Group


2016
£'000

2015
 £'000

Cash and cash equivalents

 7,442

 3,997

Bank loans and overdrafts

 (32,455)

 (37,641)

Net debt

 (25,013)

 (33,644)

 

25  Subsequent Events

On 20 October 2016 the Group extended its banking facilities with HSBC for a further four years until October 2020 with agreed bank facilities of £105m comprising a £75m Invoice Financing Facility and a £30m Revolving Credit Facility.

 

The financial information set out above does not constitute the company's statutory accounts for the years ended 31 July 2016 or 2015 but is derived from those accounts.  Statutory accounts for 2015 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 2016 and 31 July 2015 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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