Abal logo

ABAL - Abal News Story

0.85p 0.0  0.0%

Last Trade - 05/08/19

Sector
Industrials
Size
Small Cap
Market Cap £167.1m
Enterprise Value £165.2m
Revenue £416k
Position in Universe th / 1809

Abal Group PLC - Half-year Report

Mon 30th December, 2019 3:10pm
RNS Number : 3096Y
Abal Group PLC
30 December 2019
 

 

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014. Upon the publication of this announcement via a Regulatory Information Service ("RIS"), this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

 

30 December 2019

 

Abal Group Plc

 

Half year results

 

Abal Group Plc (the "Company" or "the Group"), currently an AIM Rule 15 cash shell, announces its unaudited half year results for the six months ended 30 September 2019.

 

Operational and strategic overview

In the group's Annual Report for the year ended 31 March 2019, there was an explanation in some detail of the circumstances leading up to the disposal of all the group's Imaginatik innovation business and assets on 5 February 2019. From the date of that disposals, the Company changed its name and became an AIM Rule 15 cash shell seeking new investment opportunities.

On 27 September 2019, the Company announced that a conditional share purchase and sale agreement had been reached to acquire all of the share capital of Supply@Me SRL.

Supply@Me SRL is an Italian company that has developed an innovative, proprietary, digital system which underpins a fintech platform that enables customers to carry out 'inventory monetisation' transactions by transforming their unsold stock of goods to Supply@Me SRL.

The consideration will only be by the issue of new ordinary shares in Abal, the number of which remains uncertain pending final negotiations, and a further share placing is planned to cover the costs of the proposed transaction and to provide working capital and development capital. This transaction would be both a reverse takeover and a related party transaction in accordance with the AIM Rules, because of the relationships between certain persons in relation to the Company and Supply@Me SRL and its shareholders and service providers.

Negotiations for this potential acquisition are approaching a conclusion, but are still subject to several key approvals. There is no assurance that the agreement will complete. Please be assured your board are making every effort to deliver a successful result for shareholders.

 

Financial overview

As already reported, in February 2019 the Company sold its Imaginatik business and business assets. Consequently, in the current six months reporting period to 30 September 2019, the Company was a cash shell seeking new investment opportunities. In this period, there was no income, except from the close out of a small rented property in the USA, and the Company's costs were that of sustaining the Company and its AIM listing, and the not insignificant costs, mainly professional fees, incurred in the normal processes towards achieving and completing the new investment referred to above in the overview part of this report.

 

Under IFRS accounting, the results of the Group are separated between continuing and discontinued operations, and prior year consolidated figures have been restated where appropriate. The continuing operations represent the ongoing activities of the holding company as a cash shell with the costs of maintaining the Company and seeking new investment. The discontinued operations include all the trading activities up to the date of the sale plus the profit on the sale.

 

 

·      Continuing Operations:

Revenues for H1 2019 £nil (H1 2018: £nil)

Corporate expenses H1 2019 £641,000 (H1 2018: £360,000)

Taxation H1 2019 £nil (H1 2018: £nil)

Loss from Continuing Operations H1 2019 £601,000 (H1 2018: £349,000)

·      Discontinued Operations:

Pro/(Loss) from Discontinued Operations H1 2019 £nil (H1 2018: Loss (£246,000))

·      Total comprehensive loss H1 2019 (£601,000) (H1 2018: Loss ( £595,000)) 

·      Cash balances H1 2019 £126,000 (H1 2018: £14,000)

 

Simon Charles, Chairman, said:

"Discussions are progressing towards reaching a conclusion on the acquisition and we will update shareholders when we can. Regulatory discussions and approvals are progressing satisfactorily and we are hopeful that we will be able to make a further announcement in relatively soon."

 

 

For further information:

 

Abal Group PLC (www.abalplc.com)

Simon Charles, Non-Executive Director

 

+44 (0)20 3198 2554

 

 

WH Ireland Limited, Nomad and Joint Broker

Mike Coe/Chris Savidge

 

+44 (0)207 220 1666

 

 

Peterhouse Capital Limited, Joint Broker

Lucy Williams/Duncan Vasey

 

 

+44 (0)20 7469 0936

 

 

 

 

Abal Group PLC

Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

For the six months ended 30 September 2019

 

 

 

 

6 Months

6 Months

Year

 

 

Ended

Ended

Ended

 

 

30 Sept

30 Sept

31 March

 

 

2019

2018

2019

 

 

Unaudited

Unaudited*

Audited*

 

Notes

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing Operations

2

 

 

 

Revenue

 

-

-

-

Cost of Sales

 

                    -

                  -

                       -

Gross Profit

 

-

-

-

Administrative Expenses

 

(190)

  (360)

(726)

Exceptional item - Administrative Expenses

 

(451)

-

-

Other Income

 

40

31

69

Operating (Loss)   

 

                    (601)

                

(329)

 

(657)

Financial Expense

 

-

                    (20)

(42)

(Loss) Before Income Tax

 

(601)

(349)

(699)

Income tax

3

-

-

-

(Loss) from continuing operations

 

(601)

(349)

(699)

Profit / (Loss) from discontinued operations

2

               -

(246)

325

(Loss) and total comprehensive income for the period

attributable to the equity shareholders of the parent

 

          

(601)

 

(595)

 

(374)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per ordinary share (pence) from continuing and discontinued operations attributable to the equity shareholders:

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing operations basic - pence

 

4

          (0.15)p

             

(1.26)p

              

(1.32)p

Total basic earnings per share attributable to

the equity shareholders of the parent - pence

 

4

  

(0.15)p

          

(2.15)p

           

(0.71)p

 

 

 

*Prior period figures restated to be comparative to current period continuing and discontinued operations.
 

Abal Group PLC

Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

as at 30 September 2019

 

 

 

 

30 Sep

30 Sep

31 March

 

 

 

2019

2018

2019

 

 

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

 

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

Non-Current Assets

 

 

 

 

 

Property, Plant & Equipment

 

-

16

-

 

Intangible Assets

 

-

987

-

 

Trade & other receivables

 

 

127

 

 

Total Non-Current Assets

 

-

1,130

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Assets

 

 

 

 

 

Trade & Other Receivables

 

94

897

121

 

Cash & Cash Equivalents

 

126

14

771

 

Total Current Assets

 

220

911

892

 

Total Assets

 

220

2,041

892

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

Ordinary Share Capital

 

4,767

4,766

4,767

Share premium

 

9,599

8,911

9,599

Other reserves

 

1,217

1,278

1,217

Profit and Loss

 

(15,808)

(15,409)

(15,207)

Equity

 

 

(225)

 

              (454)

 

 

376

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Current Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Trade & Other Payables

 

392  

2,333  

463

 

Derivative financial instruments

 

53

-

53

 

Total Current Liabilities

 

445

2,333

516

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-Current Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Other payables

 

-

162

-

 

Total Liabilities

 

445

2,495

516

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Equity and Liabilities

 

220

2,041

892

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

             

 

 

 

Abal Group PLC

Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

For the six months ended 30 September 2019

 

 

 

6 Months

6 Months

Year

 

 

Ended

Ended

Ended

 

 

30 Sep

30 Sep

31 March

 

 

2019

2018

2019

 

 

Unaudited

Unaudited*

Audited*

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Cash Flows from Operating Activities

 

 

 

 

Operating profit/(loss) before tax from:

Continuing operations

 

(601)

(575)

(699)

Discontinued operations

 

-

 

  325

Adjustments to cash flows from non-cash items:

 

 

 

                                     

Depreciation, amortisation and impairments

 

-

105

203

Profit on sale of business

 

-

 

(935)

Share based payment transactions

 

-

26

(35)

Derivative financial instrument

 

     -

 

34

Income tax credit

 

-

 

(141)

Interest

 

-

 

8

Change in Trade & Other Receivables

 

27

74

156

Change in Trade & Other Payables

 

(71)

(61)

(512)

Cash (Used in) Operations

 

(645)

(431)

(1.596)

Finance Costs

 

 

(20)

(8)

Tax Received

 

-

 

141

Net Cash (Used in) Operating Activities

 

(645)

(451)

(1,463)

 

 

 

 

 

Cash Flows from Investing Activities

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from sale of business

 

-

-

1,207

Purchase of Intangible Assets

 

-

(157)

(205)

Net Cash Generated (Used) in Investing Activities

 

-

(157)

1,002

 

 

 

 

 

Cash Flows from Financing Activities

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from the issue of ordinary shares

 

                      - 

561

1,171

Net Cash Generated from Financing Activities

 

-

561

1,171

 

 

 

 

 

Net Increase/ (Decrease) in Cash and Cash Equivalents

 

                  (645)

(47)

710

Cash and Cash Equivalents at the Start of the Period

 

771

61

61

Cash and Cash Equivalents at the End of the Period

 

126

14

771

 

 

 

 

 

*Prior period figures restated to be comparative to current period continuing and discontinued operations.

 

 

Abal Group PLC

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

For the six months ended 30 September 2019 (unaudited)

                                                                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ordinary

Share

Capital

Share

Premium

Share

Option

Reserve

Retained

Losses

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

At 1 April 2019

4,767

9,599

1,217

(15,207)

376

 

Comprehensive Loss for the Period

-

-

-

(601)

(601)

 

At 30 September 2019

4,767

9,599

1,217

(15,808)

(225)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                           

 

 

For the six months ended 30 September 2018 (unaudited)

                                                                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share

Capital

Share

Premium

Share

Option

Reserve

Retained

Losses

Total

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

At 1 April 2018

4,765

8,350

1,252

(14,814)

(447)

Issue of New Shares

1

561

-

-

562

Share Option Charge

-

-

26

-

26

Comprehensive Loss for the Period

-

-

-

(595)

(595)

At 30 September 2018

4,766

8,911

1,278

(15,409)

(454)

                                   

 

 

 

 

 

For the year ended 31 March 2019 (audited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share

Capital

Share

Premium

Share

Option

Reserve

Retained

Losses

Total

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

At 1 April 2018

4,765

8,350

1,252

(14,814)

(447)

Issue of New Shares

2

1,249

-

-

1,251

Share Option Charge

-

-

(35)

-

(35)

Conversion of debt to Equity

-

 

-

(19)

(19)

Comprehensive Loss for the Period

-

-

-

(374)

(374)

At 31 March 2019

4,767

9,599

1,217

(15,207)

376

                                   

 

 

 

 

Abal Group PLC

Notes to the financial statements

For the six months ended 30 September 2019 (unaudited)

 

1. Basis of preparation

 

These interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 - Interim Financial Reporting using the recognition and measurement principles of International Accounting Standards, International Financial Reporting Standards and Interpretations adopted for use in the European Union (collectively "Adopted IFRS").

 

The principal accounting policies used in preparing these interim financial statements are those expected to apply to the Group's Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ending 31 March 2020 and are unchanged from those disclosed in the Group's audited Annual Report for the year ended 31 March 2019.

 

The financial information for the six months ended 30 September 2019 and 30 September 2018 is unaudited and does not constitute statutory financial statements for those periods.

 

The comparative financial information for the year ended 31 March 2019 is not statutory accounts within the meaning of s434 of the Companies Act 2006 but has been derived from the audited statutory financial statements for that year. The statutory accounts for the year ended 31 March 2019 have been reported on by the Company's auditor, delivered to the Registrar of Companies and have been posted on the Group's website.

 

The auditor's opinion on the Group's financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2019 was unqualified.

 

2.  Continuing operations, discontinued operations and exceptional item

2a  Summary

 

On 4 February 2019 the group sold all of its business and assets. Consequently, disclosure of segmental information is no longer appropriate, and instead the group's results are reported separately under headings for the group's continuing operations as a holding company and for the discontinued operations. The comparative statement of profit and loss has been restated as is the operation had been discontinued from the start of the prior year.

 

2b Continuing operations and exceptional item

 

As all the trading activities have been discontinued, there is no ongoing segmental information. The following results for

continuing operations are for the administrative costs of the Group's parent company.

 

 

 

6 Months

Ended

September

2019

Unaudited

6 Months

Ended

September

2018

Unaudited

Year Ended

March

2019

Audited

 

 

£000

£000

£000

 

Corporate expenses

Exceptional item - Corporate expenses - see note below

Other income

Finance cost

 

 

(190)

(451)

40

-

 

(360)

-

31

(20)

 

(726)

-

69

(42)

Loss after tax

 

(601)

(349)

(699)

 

The exceptional item relates to the cost of professional fees incurred in preparation for the proposed acquisition that is explained in Note 5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2c  Discontinued operations

 

On 4 February 2019 the group sold all of its business and assets. The financial performance for this disposed business may be summarised:

 

 

 

 

6 Months

Ended

September

2019

Unaudited

6 Months

Ended

September

2018

Unaudited

Year Ended

March

2019

Audited

 

 

£000

£000

£000

Revenue

 

-

1,423

2,297

Expenses

 

-

(1,669)

(3,048)

Loss before income tax

 

-

(246)

(751)

Income tax expense

 

 

-

141

Loss after tax for discontinued operation

 

-

(246)

(610)

Gain on sale of the subsidiary after tax - see below

 

-

-

935

Comprehensive income/(loss) from discontinued operation

 

-

(246)

325

 

3. Income Tax

There was no income tax for the six month periods ended 30 September 2018 and 2019. There was an income tax credit of £141,000 for the year ended 31 March 2019. This income tax credit represented the research and development tax credits receivable for that period.

 

4. Earnings per share

 

Basic EPS loss per share:

 

6 months

6 months

Year

 

ended

ended

ended

 

September 2019

September 2018

March 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Loss) from continuing operations

£(601,000)

£(349,000)

£(699,000)

Total comprehensive (loss)

£(601,000)

£(595,000)

£(374,000)

Weighted number of Ordinary Shares - thousands

388,372

27,731

52,990

Basic (Loss) per share - continuing operations - pence

(0.15p)

(1.26p)

(1.32p)

Basic total comprehensive (loss) per share - pence

(0.15p)

(2.15p)

       (0.71p)

 

The diluted EPS for the continuing operations and the diluted EPS in total (and in the prior periods) were the same as the Basic EPS as they were all losses. The diluted EPS for the discontinued operations in the year ended 31 March 2019 was a profit of 0.57p. For the calculation of this diluted EPS for the discontinued operations, the profit used was the same as for the Basic EPS, and the Basic weighted average number of shares was increased by 4,428,860 shares in respect of the outstanding share options and convertible loan note. At 31 March 2019, 7,946,158 options were excluded from the diluted EPS because their effect would have been anti-dilutive. The average mark value of the shares for the purposes of calculating the dilutive effect was based on quoted market prices for the year during which the options were outstanding.

 

5. Subsequent event

 

On 27 September 2019, the group announced that a conditional share purchase and sale agreement had been reached to acquire all of the share capital of Supply@Me SRL. Supply@Me SRL is an Italian company that has developed an innovative, proprietary, digital system which underpins a fintech platform that enables customers to carry out 'inventory monetisation' transactions by transforming their unsold stock of goods to Supply@Me SRL. The consideration will only be by the issue of new ordinary shares in Abal, the number of which is uncertain, and a further share placing is planned to cover the costs of the proposed transaction and to provide working capital and development capital. This transaction would be both a reverse takeover and a related party transaction in accordance with the AIM Rules, because of the relationships between certain persons in relation to the Company and Supply@Me SRL, its shareholders and service providers and is still subject to several key approvals. There is no assurance that the agreement will complete.

6. Copies of Interim Report

 

Copies of this interim report are available upon request to members of the public from the Company's registered office, 27/28 Eastcastle Street, London, W1W 8DH. This interim report can also be viewed on the Group's website: www.abalplc.com

 


This information is provided by RNS, the news service of the London Stock Exchange. RNS is approved by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a Primary Information Provider in the United Kingdom. Terms and conditions relating to the use and distribution of this information may apply. For further information, please contact rns@lseg.com or visit www.rns.com.
 
END
 
 
IR TMBATMBMJBRL
© Stockopedia 2021, Refinitiv, Share Data Services.
This site cannot substitute for professional investment advice or independent factual verification. To use it, you must accept our Terms of Use, Privacy and Disclaimer policies.