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Half-year Report

Thu, 8th Nov 2018 16:30


RNS Number : 8318G
Octagonal PLC
08 November 2018

8 November 2018

Octagonal plc

("Octagonal" or the "Company")

Interim Results and Trading Update

Octagonal (AIM: OCT), announces its unaudited half-year results for the six months to 30 September 2018. These include the trading results for the Company's principle trading subsidiary GIS which, unlike previous periods, are being announced along with the consolidated figures for the Group.

Summary of Octagonal PLC Financial highlights for the six months to 30 September 2018

Unaudited revenues for the six months to 30 September 2018 were 3.0 million (September 2017: 3.35m), the reduction is in part attributable to the decline in non-core corporate finance income reported for the same period to sex months to 30 September 2017

Unaudited operating profit for the group for six months to 30 September 2018 was 0.97m (September 2017: 1.05m)

Unaudited operating profit excluding costs associated with Synergis Capital PLC for the six months to 30 September 2018 was 1.23m (2017: 1.51m)

Net Assets as at 30 September 2018 was 9.20m (September 2017: 8.22m)

Group cash balance as at 30 September 2018 was 5.72m (September 2017: 5.35m)

For further information please visit www.octagonalplc.com or contact:

Octagonal Plc

+44 (0) 20 7048 9400

John Gunn, Chairman

Beaumont Cornish Limited (Nominated Adviser and Broker)

James Biddle / Roland Cornish

+44 (0) 20 7628 3396

www.beaumontcornish.com

Trading results for Global Investment Strategy UK Limited ("GIS") for the reporting period:

GIS, the Group's main trading entity reports revenues of 3.016 million and profits of 1.29 million for the 6 months to 30 September 2018 compared with 3.35 million and 1.6 million respectively, for the six months to 30 September 2017. This revenue reduction is attributed in part to a decline in non-core corporate finance income to 47,000 (2017: 201,000) in the reporting period. As a result, the net margins reduced to 42.6 % (2017: 47.5%). The core business activity remained in line with internal targets and per management expectations during a period of increased market volatility.

Chairman Statement on group activities

Global Investment Strategy UK Ltd (GIS)

We are pleased to report that core settlement and safe custody business activity remains in line with our expectations during a period of market volatility.

US Dollar strength favours our business and we anticipate no significant headwinds from a potential no-deal Brexit scenario.

Whilst our core business remains strong, the management and wider team continue to focus efforts on the progression of new projects such as GIS Hong Kong and SynerGIS which will soon add diversity to the revenue stream of the group.

GIS have recently updated their business continuity plans and open a fully equipped disaster recovery centre in the City of London to exceed regulatory requirements and ensure seamless execution for clients continues in the event of any outage at our main trading address.

Following the enhancement of the Octagonal website, development work has commenced for an upgrade to the GIS UK website which will further highlight our value-add proposition for clients.

SynerGIS

Synergis Capital Plc is a 71.17% owned subsidiary of GIS.

As reported previously, the company has completed preparation of the Base Prospectus for the offer of debt securities with the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI) and Euronext Dublin (previously Irish Stock Exchange) with formal approval expected in due course. Our dialogue with the Prudential specialists at the Financial Conduct Authority is ongoing. We have received regular feedback in relation to the output delivered by our robust financial model which simulated various stress scenarios for the group and demonstrated how the wider business could maintain sufficient capital and liquidity to support the new lending business in each situation.

We expect these discussions are reaching their final stages and once approved by the FCA we will immediately submit the completed prospectus to the CBI and Euronext Dublin for subsequent sign off.

We have extended our soft marketing of the SynerGIS brand and the live website (https://www.synergisbonds.com/) continues to accept pre-applications from clients. We are seeing increased traffic to our site and positive engagement with our brand and the firm's sales and marketing plan is in place to coordinate with any imminent launch.

Against a backdrop of high-profile outages and information breaches at financial services firms, GIS are pleased to confirm that we received our Cyber Essentials accreditation from the UK Government's National Cyber Security Centre. This is confirmation of the important preparatory work put into this project by GIS.

GIS has further developed a website for its SynerGIS secured lending business which supports online applications for prospective borrowers and is in the latter stages of beta testing. This will go live in conjunction with the launch of the SynerGIS Bonds.

We welcome the FCA consultation paper to enhance the FSCS compensation scheme to 85,000 from 50,000 for investments which is likely to be approved and enter the rulebook in Q2 2019. Investments into SynerGIS Bonds will fall into the scope of these rules. The FCA have also proposed an industry "Basic Savings Rate" which highlights how certain financial institutions are penalising long term savers with negligible rates - SynerGIS stand ready to serve them.

Regarding the wider market, new providers such as Goldman Sachs with their Marcus product (who are rarely wrong with new ventures) are also identifying the gap in the consumer market targeted by SynerGIS. The positive reception given to Goldman Sachs' new venture highlights the appetite neglected UK savers have for alternative providers.

Global Investment Strategy Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) have advised the company that its application to carry out regulated activities has been accepted as complete and they have provided us with a Central Entity Number. We are in the process of onboarding a new key employee, licenced person and responsible officer (RO) which is currently going through the rigorous SFC vetting process. This individual has significant industry experience in the region and we are confident they can help spearhead our launch into the region. Feedback and dialogue with the regulator is good and we hope to make a further positive announcement soon. A dedicated website for the region with its own unique branding is currently under construction (http://www.gisfshk.com/) and a client facing portal is being designed for both English and Chinese speakers. Work visas for key employees and corporate accounts are now all set up. We are confident we will soon be able to roll out our key services to the family offices, institutional and high-net-worth clients of the Asia Pacific region.

Group Financial Review

The Group reported unaudited revenues of 3.006 million and net profits after tax of 0.79 million for the 6 months to 30 September 2018 compared with 3.35 million and 0.83 million respectively, for the six months to 30 September 2017. The reduction in the revenue and profits is in part attributable to the decline in non-core corporate finance income reported in 2017.

Group net assets and cash rose to 9.20m (September 2017: 8.22m) and 5.72m (September 2017: 5.35m) respectively.

Included in the operating profit above were consolidated 'PLC' costs for the interim period that remained low at 59,000 and Synergis operating costs for the period were 283,000.

Other activities post reporting period:

On 8th October 2018, the Company announced that it had awarded a total of 1,350,000 Ordinary 0.05 pence shares in the company to staff and employees.

Dividend

On 28th September 2018, the Company declared a dividend of 0.1 pence per share and was paid on 26th October 2018.

Chairman

John Gunn

Unaudited Group Income Statement and statement of comprehensive income

For the 6 months ended 30 September 2018

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

30 September 2018

30 September 2017

31 March 2018

'000

'000

'000

Revenue

3,006

3,348

6,502

Cost of sales

(643)

(745)

(1,466)

Gross profit

2,363

2,603

5,036

Administrative expenses

(1,391)

(1,556)

(3,220)

Share based payment expense

(228)

Operating profit

972

1,047

1,588

Other gains and losses

-

-

(71)

Finance income

-

-

-

Profit before tax

972

1,047

1,517

Taxation

(185)

(220)

(492)

Profit for the year

787

827

1,025

Attributable to:

Shareholders in the Parent Company

869

932

1,276

Non-controlling Interests

(82)

(105)

(251)

787

827

1,025

Earnings per share attributable to owners of the parent company

Basic and diluted (pence per share)

From continuing and total operations

0.153p

0.166p

0.226p

Fully diluted

0.150p

-

0.221p

Unaudited Group Statement of Financial Position

As at 30 September 2018

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

30 September 2018

30 September 2017

31 March 2018

'000

'000

'000

Non-Current assets

Goodwill

2,869

2,869

2,869

Other Intangibles

503

169

409

Property, plant and equipment

68

77

60

Deferred Tax asset

67

67

66

3,507

3,182

3,404

Current assets

Available for sale investments

31

108

31

Trade and other receivables

796

574

521

Cash and cash equivalents

5,717

5,349

5,324

6,544

6,031

5,876

TOTAL ASSETS

10,051

9,213

9,280

Current liabilities

Trade and other payables

225

309

285

Current tax liabilities

626

681

582

Borrowings

-

-

-

851

990

867

Non-Current liabilities

Borrowings

-

-

-

NET ASSETS/(LIABILITIES)

9,200

8,223

8,413

Equity

Share capital

284

1,104

284

Share premium account

171

3,669

171

Reverse acquisition reserve

679

679

679

Share option and warrant reserve

99

-

99

Retained earnings

7,841

2,518

6,972

Equity attributable to owners of the company

9,074

7,970

8,205

Non- Controlling interests

126

253

208

Total Equity

9,200

8,223

8,413

Unaudited Group Statement of Changes in Equity

For the 6 months ended 30 September 2018

Share capital

Share Premium

Reverse acquisition reserve

Share option reserve

Retained earnings

Equity attributable to owners of the Company

Non-controlling interests

Total equity

'000

'000

'000

-

'000

'000

'000

'000

Balance at

1,104

3,669

679

-

(67)

5,385

-

5,385

31 March 2016

Total comprehensive income for the year

-

-

-

-

1,035

1,035

(33)

1,002

Adjustment arising from change in non-controlling interest

-

-

-

-

180

180

70

250

Balance at

1,104

3,669

679

--

1,148

6,600

37

6,637

31 March 2017

Total comprehensive income for the year

-

-

-

-

1,276

1,276

(251)

1,025

Capital reduction

(824)

(3,669)

-

-

4,493

-

-

-

Dividend Paid

-

-

-

-

(568)

(568)

-

(568)

Shares issued

4

171

175

-

175

Share based payment expense

-

-

-

99

-

99

-

99

Adjustment arising from change in non-controlling interest

-

-

-

-

623

623

422

1,045

Balance at

31 March 2018

284

171

679

99

6,972

8,205

208

8,413

Total comprehensive income for the period

-

-

-

869

869

(82)

787

Balance at

284

171

679

99

7,841

9,074

126

9,200

30 September 2018

Unaudited Group Statement of Cash flows

For the 6 months ended 30 September 2018

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

30 September 2018

30 September 2017

31 March 2018

'000

'000

'000

OPERATING ACTIVITIES

Profit/(loss) for the year before taxation

972

1,047

1,517

Adjusted for:

228

Share based payment

-

-

-

Shares in settlement of termination payment

-

-

46

Depreciation

7

7

21

Investment impairment

-

18

75

Gain on disposal of investment

-

-

(4)

Operating cash flows before movements in working capital

979

1,072

1,883

(Increase)/Decrease in trade and other receivables

(275)

(247)

(183)

Increase/(Decrease) in trade and other payables

(60)

22

(1)

Net cash from / (used in) operating activities

644

(225)

1,699

Tax paid

-

(300)

Net cash used in operating activities

644

847

1,399

INVESTING ACTIVITIES

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(8)

(14)

(19)

Development costs

(94)

(119)

(359)

Purchase of investments

-

-

-

Disposal of investments

24

Related party repayment of loan

-

-

(11)

Net cash from/(used in) investing activities

(102)

(133)

(365)

FINANCING ACTIVITIES

Non-controlling interest investment

(149)

821

1,045

Dividend paid

-

-

(568)

Net cash from/ (used in) financing activities

(149)

821

477

Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents

393

1,535

1,511

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period

5,324

3,813

3,813

Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period

5,717

5,348

5,324

Notes to the interim statement

For the 6 months ended 30 September 2018

1. General information

Octagonal plc is a company incorporated in the England and Wales with number 6214926, and whose registered office is: 2nd Floor, 2 London Wall Buildings, London EC2M 5PP, under the Companies Act 2006. The Company's main activity is that of a financial services business offering a wide range of services to institutional, family office and high net worth clients.

The Company's functional currency is Sterling. The Company's financial statements are presented in Sterling, which is the Company's presentational currency.

2. Basis of preparation

The financial information set out in this interim report for the six months ended 30 September 2018 is unaudited and does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in Section 434 of Companies Act (2006).

The Company's statutory financial statements for the period ended 31 March 2018, prepared under IFRS, have been filed with the Registrar of Companies. The auditor's report on those financial statements was unqualified and did not contain a statement under section 498 (2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

These financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis under the historical cost convention. The Directors believe that the going concern basis is appropriate for the preparation of these interim financial statements as the Company is in a position to meet all its liabilities as they fall due. These interim financial statements for the six months to 30 September 2018 were approved by the Board on

8 November 2018.

3. Earnings per share

The basic earnings per share is based on the profit for the year divided by the weighted average number of shares in issue during the year. The weighted average number of ordinary shares for the period ended year ended 30 September 2018 assumes that all shares have been included in the computation based on the weighted average number of days since issue.

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

30 September 2018

'000

30 September 2017

'000

31 March 2018

'000

Profit attributable to owners of the Group

869,000

932,279

1,276,000

Weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue for basic

564,706,598

560,893,552

564,706,598

Weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue for fully diluted earnings

578,453,598

-

578,453,598

Earnings per share (pence per share)

Basic

0.153p

0.166p

0.226p

Fully diluted

0.150p

-

0.221p

4. Dividend and post balance sheet events

On 28th September 2018, the Company declared a dividend of 0.1 pence per share and was paid on 26th October 2018.

On 8th October 2018, the Company announcd that it had awarded a total of 1,350,000 Ordinary 0.05 pence shares in the company to staff and employees that were in employment during the AIM Re-admission in July 2015.

5. Distribution

The half yearly report for the six-month period ended 30 September 2018 will shortly be available on the Company's website (www.octagonalplc.com) or directly from the Company at its registered address.

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