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Water Intelligence - Interim Results

Announcement: Wed 12th September, 2018 7:00am
RNS Number : 4791A
Water Intelligence PLC
12 September 2018
 

 

Water Intelligence plc (AIM: WATR.L)

 

("Water Intelligence", the "Group" or the "Company")

 

Interim Results for the six months ended 30 June 2018

 

Water Intelligence, a leading provider of non-invasive leak detection and remediation services, is pleased to present its interim results for the period ended 30 June 2018.

 

Highlights

 

1.     Financial Results

·      1H total revenue increased 39% to $11.80 million (1H 2017: $8.52 million)

·      All major revenue streams grow strongly comprising

Franchise royalty income growth of 4% to $3.31 million (1H 2017: $3.17 million)

Franchise related activities growth of 63% to $2.54 million (1H 2017: $1.56 million)

US corporate operated locations growth of 47% to $4.48 million (1H 2017: $3.06 million)

Recently initiated International corporate operated locations growth of 101% to $1.47 million (1H 2017: $0.73 million), resulting in maiden profit for this division

·      Profit before tax comfortably in-line with expectations

Statutory profit before tax up 49% to $1.26 million (1H 2017: $0.85 million)

Adjusted profit before tax up 32% to $1.54 million (1H 2017: $1.17 million)*    

Investment in technology solutions to fuel growth and enhance brand. Partnerships created with Flo Technologies (U.S.), Tagasauris (U.S.), Reece Innovations (UK).

·      EPS Grows Strongly

Statutory EPS up 52% to 7.3 cents (1H 2017: 4.8 cents) 

·      Balance sheet strong

Cash on-hand significantly higher at $6.15 million (1H 2017: $1.03 million), following an oversubscribed equity round in March 2018; $6.5 million with additional cash availability from lines of credit

Net cash generated from operations grew 78% to $455,000 (1H 2017: $256,000)

Cash minus obligations - bank debt and deferred consideration from acquisitions - improved significantly at $1.44 million enabling acceleration of growth plan (1H 2017: ($2.11) million)

 

2.     1H Corporate Development

·      On 7 March 2018, the Group announced the reacquisition of its Louisville, Kentucky franchise. 

·      On 15 March 2018, the Group announced the reacquisition of its Bakersfield, California franchise.

·      On 15 May 2018, the Group announced the reacquisition of its South Florida franchise. 

 

* Profit before tax adjusted for portion of non-cash share-based compensation related to acquisitions, amortisation of intangibles and non-core costs.

 

Dr. Patrick DeSouza, Executive Chairman of Water Intelligence, commented: "We are pleased, once again, to consistently deliver: strong organic growth in all revenue channels; strong balance sheet given an oversubscribed funding; and continued multinational development of operations.  We have translated such delivery into EPS growth.  As outlined in the Chairman's Statement, it is interesting to see our journey as a company after comparing our results from 1H 2015, a short three years ago.  On track, we have an exciting pathway ahead to fulfilling our vision of a multinational growth company in a critical global market."

 

Water Intelligence plc

 

Patrick DeSouza (Executive Chairman)

 

Tel: +1 203 654 5426

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Julian Blunt / Giles Rolls (Corporate Finance)
C
amille Gochez (Corporate Broking)

Tel: 020 7220 0500

 

 

 

Chairman's Statement

 

As we outlined in July's trading update, we had a strong first half of 2018.  Our plan to create a multinational growth company continues to be well-executed as evidenced by our financial results.  More broadly, we have installed complementary and growing revenue sources across U.S., UK, Australian and Canadian geographies: franchise royalty; corporate-operated sales; business-to-business sales such as insurance and property management; municipal sales; and product sales that follow from our service offerings.  These multiple feeders for the Water Intelligence plc platform enable more efficient up-selling of offerings to ongoing customers and cross-selling of offerings between our American Leak Detection subsidiary and our UK-based Water Intelligence International subsidiary.  Our platform leads to lower customer acquisition costs in winning business for solving all types of water leaks - residential, commercial, municipal.  Moreover, our installed base of customers enables us to make markets for new water-related products for smart homes and smart communities.  As a result, our technology-driven brand creates an exciting opportunity to help transform the global market for water solutions which is still a sleepy sector.  We aim to make a difference in the world for preserving our most precious resource and, in doing so, create significant shareholder value. 

 

Three points reinforce the above plan overview and provide an analytic bridge from our Chairman's Statement in last May's Annual Report to our next May's Statement.  First, our consistent results over the years support our level of ambition.  Three years ago, on 14 September 2015, we released the following 1H results:  Revenue growth of 25% to $4.4 million; royalty income component growth of 6% to $2.72 million; corporate owned stores component growth of 60% to $1.12 million; "Other" component growth of 110% to $0.56 million; profit before tax growth of 49% to $0.91 million; and successful reacquisition of three franchise territories in New York, Miami and Detroit.  At that time, cash on hand was $1.2 million.

 

Today's headlines have the same consistent punch only with bigger results in absolute terms:  Revenue growth of 39% to $11.80 million or close to triple the 1H 2014 amount; royalty growth of 4% to $3.31 million; corporate-operated growth of 47% to $4.48 million; "Other" growth (now called franchise-related activities) of 63% to $2.54 million; profit before tax growth ironically similar at 49% but to $1.26 million; and successful reacquisition of three franchise territories in Louisville, Bakersfield and South Florida.  In between, we added another line of business designated "International Corporate" which represents UK-based Water Intelligence International, a municipal-oriented services business that we acquired two years ago.  That business line has begun well with 101% revenue growth during 1H to $1.47 million with $75,000 in profits; approximately a $100,000 swing from 1H 2017 which showed a loss of $20,000.   Cash on hand now is $6.1 million or approximately 5 times more than 1H 2017.

 

Given our consistency, we are confident that we should proceed full steam ahead towards our stated goal of passing $20 million in sales during 2018 and stretching towards $25 million in the near-term for a trailing twelve-month period. 

 

Second, against the backdrop of our oversubscribed corporate financing round in March, we have the wherewithal to execute more of the same, only faster, for 2019 and beyond.  To be sure, we are mindful that as we invest more resources for top-line growth and scale that we still have bottom-line profit targets to meet.  We have good management to navigate the pathway.  We are pleased that US Corporate-operated locations have significantly improved profit margins moving from approximately 2% in 1H 2017 to 11% in 1H 2018.  The launch of our International Corporate business line in 2017, which has now turned to profits, combined with the growing success of Corporate-operated locations after franchise buyback and investment has reinforced our Board's belief that whilst we could potentially grow short term profits faster, prudent investment in expanded scale, new product lines and routes to market will deliver sustainable increases in shareholder value. The addressable market for solutions to water loss is huge.  Despite these investments, we remain focused on continuing to deliver strong revenue and profit growth on a year-by-year basis. Again this is evidenced as earnings per share grew 52% 1H 2018 when compared with 1H 2017.  Hence, our priority of investing for sustainable growth remains. 

 

In observing our increased wherewithal to sustain growth, we are pleased to underscore that sustainability of growth rests on a bedrock of franchise royalties that are consistently growing because of our expanding national sales channels such as insurance and property management.  System-wide franchise sales should pass $90 million in the near term.  Royalty income derived from such System sales grew in absolute terms at 4% during 1H to $3.3 million despite our franchise reacquisitions that have reduced the potential pool of royalty income.  Such reacquisitions actually reinforce System-wide growth and serve to complement national sales channels in both strategic and financial ways.  As a strategic matter, corporate reacquisitions reinforce growth in our franchise system by offering additional regional corporate offices to support to our franchisees.  Our priority will always be to grow the reach of our franchise system because minimally-invasive, pin-point leak detection is the starting point for bringing value to our customers with follow-on solutions.  As a financial matter, our corporate-operated locations are always learning from our franchise owners.  Hence, corporate-operated locations are growing at 47% and showing increasing profit margins after initial investment.  Such additional corporate scale reinforces our appeal to business-to-business partners.

 

Not to be missed in considering the sustainability of our growth plan, royalty income also provides a cushion against the operations risk of expanding corporate locations.  Further, such consistent cash generation as a component of sustainable growth carries with it a higher valuation multiple. Finally, the consistent cash flow from royalty income is favoured by banks and other debt providers.  That reality enables us to reap a lower weighted average cost of capital and minimize shareholder dilution when accessing growth capital. We did just that during our 1H funding round and will continue to do that in prudent fashion to sustain our growth trajectory.

 

            Third, as we proceed full steam ahead, we are reinforcing the technology profile of our brand and scaling our business model.  We have always really been a technology company having pioneered the use of acoustic and infrared technologies through our American Leak Detection brand to provide minimally invasive and pinpoint leak detection.  As we have expanded as an AIM company, we have both developed and acquired technology products to broaden our service offerings. 

 

During 1H, we placed a renewed emphasis on technology solutions creating partnerships with Flo and Tagasauris in the US for smart home solutions and Reece Group in the UK for municipal solutions.  We plan to continue this effort throughout the near term leveraging our multinational business platform.  To be sure, we recognize that there is technology risk.  However, the consistent growth of our services business and multiple revenue sources, as discussed above, enable us to absorb such risk in exchange for the promise of upside.  And it is a promise that is supported by market demand.  Our installed customer base of over 200,000 households and business-to-business customers, especially insurance companies, want us to source technology solutions.

 

We seek not just to stay apace of marketplace change but rather to lead the "Water Revolution".  Our business model with multiple revenue channels across geographies provides us the capability to be an innovation distribution platform.  In this respect, the Tagasauris technology partnership is particularly important because it enables us to distribute technology solutions via direct to consumer video worldwide.  As we enhance the technology and distribution profile of our brand, our shareholders should also reap the reward of competitive strategy positioning as the Group is viewed as a more scalable technology-backed distribution platform for solutions, as opposed to simply a support services business.  Our consistent growth results over several years, with 1H being the latest indicator, have provided us a launch point to create a great company.

 

 

Patrick DeSouza
Executive Chairman

 

September 12, 2018

 

 

 

 

Interim Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

For the six months ended 30 June 2018

 

 

 

Six months

ended

30 June

 2018

Six months

ended

30 June

 2017

Year ended

 31

December

2017

 

Notes

$

$

$

 

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

Revenue

3

11,804,104

8,517,657

17,615,178

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of sales

 

(2,345,976)

(1,441,639)

(3,334,101)

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

 

9,458,128

7,076,018

14,281,077

Administrative expenses

 

 

 

 

-       Other income

 

560

28,213

33,671

-       Share-based payments

 

(48,195)

(30,473)

(62,397)

-       Amortisation of intangibles

 

(162,380)

(159,199)

(317,259)

-       Other administrative costs

 

(7,894,390)

(6,015,907)

(12,668,525)

 

 

 

 

 

Total administrative expenses

 

(8,104,405)

(6,177,366)

(13,014,510)

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

 

1,353,723

898,652

1,266,567

 

 

 

 

 

Finance income

 

11,906

5,667

13,928

Finance expense

 

(103,532)

(57,956)

(135,461)

 

 

 

 

 

Profit before tax 

3

1,262,097

846,363

1,145,034

 

 

 

 

 

Taxation expense

 

(315,524)

(321,618)

(286,330)

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period

 

946,573

524,745

858,704

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributable to:

 

 

 

 

Equity holders of the parent

 

950,242

546,150

913,250

Non-controlling interests

 

(3,669)

(21,405)

(54,546)

 

 

946,573

524,745

858,704

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

Exchange differences arising on translation of foreign operations

 

(359,023)

16,511

(39,038)

Total comprehensive income for the period

 

 

587,550

 

541,256


819,666

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share

 

Cents

Cents

Cents

Basic

4

7.3

4.8

8.0

Diluted

4

7.1

4.6

7.5

 

 

 

Consolidated Statement of Financial Position as at 30 June 2018

 

 

 

 

 

At

30 June

2018

At

30 June

2017

At

31 December

2017

 

Notes

$

$

$

 

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

Goodwill

 

5,342,609

3,331,155

3,304,506

Other intangible assets

 

2,333,312

2,445,661

2,398,192

Property, plant and equipment

 

1,438,034

544,184

762,459

Trade and other receivables

 

138,140

41,987

59,075

 

 

9,252,095

6,362,987

6,524,232

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

477,496

300,866

359,973

Trade and other receivables

 

3,729,167

2,950,375

2,820,315

Cash and cash equivalents

 

6,152,778

1,028,336

774,767

 

 

10,359,441

4,279,577

3,955,055

TOTAL ASSETS

3

19,611,536

10,642,564

10,479,287

 

 

 

 

 

EQUITY AND LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

Equity attributable to holders of the parent

 

 

 

 

Share capital

5

101,915

63,340

65,305

Share premium

5

6,893,752

926,787

980,436

Shares held in treasury

5

-

917

(210,150)

Merger reserve

 

1,001,150

1,001,150

1,001,150

Share based payment reserve

 

183,283

103,164

135,088

Other reserves

 

(662,704)

(248,132)

(303,681)

Reverse acquisition reserve 

5

(27,758,088)

(27,758,088)

(27,758,088)

Retained profit

 

32,972,134

31,574,564

32,021,892

 

 

12,731,442

5,663,702

5,931,952

 

 

 

 

 

Equity attributable to Non-Controlling interest

 

 

 

 

Non-controlling interest

 

105,805

72,299

39,158

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Borrowings

 

2,297,928

1,473,005

1,635,311

Deferred consideration

6

916,798

628,666

374,600

Deferred tax liability

 

430,757

628,342

115,233

 

 

3,645,483

2,730,013

2,125,144

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

1,632,342

1,130,341

1,428,509

Borrowings

 

404,185

492,453

394,525

Deferred consideration

6

1,092,279

553,756

559,999

 

 

3,128,806

2,176,550

2,383,033

TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES

 

19,611,536

10,642,564

         10,479,287

               

 

Interim Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

For the six months ended 30 June 2018

 

Share

Capital

Share

Premium

Shares held

in treasury

Reverse Acquisition Reserve

Merger

Reserve

Share based payment reserve

Other

Reserves

Retained

 Profit

Total

Non-controlling interest

Total

Equity

 

$

$

$

$

$

$

$

$

$

$

$

As at 1 January 2017

64,257

926,787

-

(27,758,088)

1,001,150

72,691

(264,643)

31,108,642

5,150,796

93,704

5,244,500

Share buyback

(917)

-

917

-

-

-

-

(80,228)

(80,228)

-

(80,228)

Share based payment expense

-

-

-

-

-

30,473

-

-

30,473

-

30,473

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

546,150

546,150

(21,405)

524,745

Other comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

-

-

16,511

-

16,511

-

16,511

As at 30 June 2017 (unaudited)

63,340

926,787

917

(27,758,088)

1,001,150

103,164

(248,132)

31,574,564

5,663,702

72,299

5,736,001

Issue of ordinary shares

1,965

53,649

-

-

-

-

-

-

55,614

-

55,614

Share buyback

-

-

(211,067)

-

-

-

-

-

(211,067)

-

(211,067)

Share-based payment expense

-

-

-

-

-

31,924

-

-

31,924

-

31,924

Equity contributions

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

447,328

447,328

(33,141)

414,187

Other comprehensive loss

-

-

-

-

-

-

(55,549)

-

(55,549)

-

(55,549)

As at 31 December 2017 (audited)

65,305

980,436

(210,150)

(27,758,088)

1,001,150

135,088

(303,681)

32,021,892

5,931,952

39,158

5,971,110

Issue of ordinary shares

36,610

5,913,316

210,150

-

-

-

-

-

6,160,076

-

6,160,076

Share based payment expense

-

-

-

-

-

48,195

-

-

48,195

-

48,195

Purchase of non-controlling interest

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(29,684)

(29,684)

Equity contributions

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

100,000

100,000

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

950,242

950,242

(3,669)

946,573

Other comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

-

-

(359,023)

-

(359,023)

-

(359,023)

As at June 2018 (unaudited)

101,915

6,893,752

-

(27,758,088)

1,001,150

183,283

(662,704)

32,972,134

12,731,442

105,805

12,837,247

 

 

Interim Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

For the six months ended 30 June 2018

 

 

Six months

ended

30 June 2018

Six months ended

30 June 2017

Year ended

 31 December 2017

 

$

$

$

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

Profit before tax

1,262,097

846,363

1,145,034

 

 

 

 

Adjustments for non-cash/non-operating items:

 

 

 

Depreciation of plant and equipment

146,448

65,600

168,817

Amortisation of intangible assets

162,380

159,199

317,259

Share based payments

48,195

30,473

62,397

Interest paid

103,532

57,956

135,461

Interest received

(11,906)

(5,666)

(13,928)

Operating cash flows before movements in working capital

1,710,746

1,815,040

(Increase)/Decrease in inventories

(117,523)

26,634

(32,471)

Increase in trade and other receivables

(987,917)

 (767,013)

 (654,040)

Decrease in trade and other payables

 (150,349)

 (158,780)

 (30,301)

Cash generated by operations

454,957

254,766

1,098,228

Income taxes

-

1,643

(476,178)

Net cash generated from operating activities

454,957

256,409

622,050

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

Purchase of plant and equipment

(822,023)

(172,856)

(444,976)

Purchase of intangibles

(128,650)

-

(197,000)

Reacquisition of Franchises

(867,000)

(125,000)

(195,000)

Interest received

11,906

5,666

13,928

Net cash used in investing activities

(1,805,767)

(292,190)

(823,048)

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

Issue of ordinary share capital

36,610

-

1,048

Premium on issue of ordinary share capital

5,913,316

-

53,649

Share buy-back

210,150

(80,228)

(210,150)

Interest paid

(103,532)

(57,957)

(135,461)

Proceeds from borrowings

926,472

329,750

332,434

Repayment of borrowings

(254,196)

(184,337)

(122,644)

Net cash generated by/(used in) financing activities

6,728,821

7,228

 (81,124)

 

 

 

 

Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

5,378,011

 

(28,553)


(282,122)

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of period

 

774,767

 

1,056,889


1,056,889

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

6,152,778

1,028,336

774,767

 

 

 

Notes to the Interim Consolidated Financial Information

for the six months ended 30 June 2018

 

1    General information

 

The Group is a leading provider of non-invasive, leak detection and remediation services. The Group's strategy is to be a provider of "end-to-end" solutions for the problem of water loss through leakage.  The Group is a "one-stop shop" for residential, commercial and municipal customers whether for potable or non-potable water issues. 

 

The Company is a public limited company domiciled in the United Kingdom and incorporated under registered number 03923150 in England and Wales. The Company's registered office is 201 Temple Chambers, 3-7 Temple Avenue, London, EC4Y 0DT.

 

2    Significant accounting policies

 

Basis of preparation and changes to the Group's accounting policies

 

The accounting policies adopted in the preparation of the interim consolidated financial information are consistent with those of the preparation of the Group's annual consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2017.  No new IFRS standards, amendments or interpretations became effective in the six months to 30 June 2018 which had a material effect on this interim consolidated financial information.

 

This interim consolidated financial information for the six months ended 30 June 2018 has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34, 'Interim financial reporting'. This interim consolidated financial information is not the Group's statutory financial statements and should be read in conjunction with the annual financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2017, which have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The auditors have reported on those accounts; their report was unqualified, did not include references to any matters to which the auditors drew attention by way of emphasis of matter without qualifying their report and did not contain statements under section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

The interim consolidated financial information for the six months ended 30 June 2018 is unaudited. In the opinion of the Directors, the interim consolidated financial information presents fairly the financial position, and results from operations and cash flows for the period. Comparative numbers for the six months ended 30 June 2017 are unaudited.

 

This interim consolidated financial information is presented in US Dollars ($), rounded to the nearest dollar.

 

Foreign currencies

(i) Functional and presentational currency

Items included in this interim consolidated financial information are measured using the currency of the primary economic environment in which each entity operates ("the functional currency") which is considered by the Directors to be the Pounds Sterling (£) for the Parent Company and US Dollars ($) for American Leak Detection Holding Corp. This interim consolidated financial information has been presented in US Dollars which represents the dominant economic environment in which the Group operates and is considered to be the functional currency of the Group. The effective exchange rate at 30 June 2018 was £1 = US$ 1.31515 (30 June 2017: £1 = US$ 1.30273).

 

Critical accounting estimates and judgments

 

The preparation of interim consolidated financial information requires management to make judgements, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of accounting policies and the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and the reported amounts of income and expenses during the reporting period. Although these estimates are based on management's best knowledge of current events and actions, the resulting accounting estimates will, by definition, seldom equal the related actual results.

 

In preparing this interim consolidated financial information, the significant judgements made by management in applying the Group's accounting policies and the key sources of estimation uncertainty were the same as those that applied to the consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2017.

 

3    Segmental information

 

In the opinion of the Directors, the operations of the Group currently comprise four operating segments: (i) franchise royalties, (ii) franchise-related activities including business-to-business sales and product and equipment sales, (iii) corporate-operated locations  (US and international) and (iv) international corporate (business-to-business) led by UK-based Water Intelligence International.

 

The Group mainly operates in the US, with operations in the UK and certain other countries. In the six months to 30 June 2018, 87.54% (1H 2017: 91.4%) of its revenue came from the US based operations; the remaining 12.46% (1H 2017: 8.6%) of its revenue came from its international corporate operated locations.

 

No single customer accounts for more than 10% of the Group's total external revenue.

 

The Group adopted IFRS 8 Operating Segments with effect from 1 July 2008. IFRS 8 requires operating segments to be identified on the basis of internal reports about components of the Group.

 

Information reported to the Group's Chief Operating Decision Maker (being the Executive Chairman), for the purpose of resource allocation and assessment of division performance is separated into four income generating segments:

 

-       Franchisor royalty income;

-       Franchise-related activities (including product and equipment sales and Business-to-Business sales);

-       US corporate operated locations; and

-       International corporate operated locations.

 

Items that do not fall into the four segments have been categorised as unallocated head office costs and non-core costs which reflect non-core costs largely associated with the Group's acquisition strategy.

 

The following is an analysis of the Group's revenues, results from operations and assets:

 

Revenue

 

 

   Six months ended

30 June 2018

   Six months ended

30 June 2017

Year ended

31 December

2017

 

 

$

$

$

 

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

Franchise royalty income

 

3,312,163

3,173,654

5,924,353

Franchise related activities

 

2,541,485

1,562,806

3,649,200

US corporate operated locations

 

4,479,349

3,050,879

5,947,805

International corporate operated locations

 

1,471,107

730,318

2,093,820

Total

 

11,804,104

8,517,657

17,615,178

 

 

 

 

Profit before tax

 

   Six months

ended

30 June 2018

   Six months

ended

30 June 2017

Year ended

31 December

2017

 

 

$

$

$

 

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

Franchise royalty income

 

732,506

968,316

1,427,858

Franchise related activities

 

195,509

121,168

315,099

US corporate operated locations

 

513,182

65,236

349,609

International corporate operated locations

 

74,903

(19,573)

(157,141)

Unallocated head office costs

 

(142,854)

(129,853)

(592,778)

Non-core costs

 

(111,149)

(158,931)

(197,613)

Total

 

1,262,097

846,363

1,145,034

 

 

Assets

 

   Six months

ended

30 June 2018

   Six months ended

30 June 2017

Year ended

31 December

2017

 

 

$

$

$

 

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

Franchise royalty income

 

9,309,020

5,583,788

4,748,391

Franchise related activities

 

993,248

300,865

359,972

US corporate operated locations

 

5,881,437

3,566,508

3,739,931

International corporate operated locations

 

3,427,831

1,191,403

1,630,993

Total

 

19,611,536

10,642,564

10,479,287

 

Geographic Information

The Group has two wholly-owned subsidiaries - American Leak Detection (ALD) and Water Intelligence International (WII).  Operating activities are captured as both franchise-related operations and corporate-related operations.  ALD has both U.S. franchises and corporate-operated locations.  It also has international franchises, principally located in Australia and Canada.  Operations focus on residential and commercial water leak detection and remediation with some municipal activities.  By comparison, WII has only corporate operations located outside the United States.  These WII international operations are principally municipal activities.  As noted herein, the Group's vision is to become a multinational growth company.  As set forth below, the Group has shown growth in both US and International dimensions.

 

Total Revenue

 

Six months ended 30 June 2018

Unaudited

Year ended 31 December 2017

Audited

 

US

International

Total

US

International

Total

 

$

$

$

$

$

$

Franchise royalty income

3,237,343

74,820

3,312,163

5,687,764

236,590

5,924,354

Franchise related activities

2,541,485

-

2,541,485

3,649,200

-

3,649,200

US corporate operated locations

4,479,349

-

4,479,349

5,947,805

-

5,947,805

International corporate operated locations

-

1,471,107

 

1,471,107

 

-

2,093,819

2,093,819

Total

10,258,177

1,545,927

11,804,104

15,284,769

2,330,409

17,615,178

 

4    Earnings per share

 

The earnings per share has been calculated using the profit for the period and the weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding during the period, as follows:

 

 

 

 

   Six months ended

30 June 2018

   Six months

ended

30 June 2017

Year ended

31 December

2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

Earnings attributable to shareholders of the Company ($)

 

 

 

950,242

 

 

546,150

 

 

913,250

Weighted average number of ordinary shares

 

13,038,975

11,401,851

11,403,236

Diluted weighted average number of ordinary shares

 

13,432,889

11,805,851

12,123,812

Earnings per share (cents)

 

7.3

4.8

8.0

Diluted earnings per share (cents)

 

7.1

4.6

7.5

 

5     Share capital

 

On 7 March 2018, the Group announced that it had strengthened its capital base in order to support its growth plans.  It raised approximately $5.75 million through the sale of 2,171,320 new ordinary shares (151,184 shares of which were issued from Treasury) and 310,000 new ordinary shares from the exercise of Director Options) in a placing and subscription. Such equity issuance was oversubscribed. 

 

The issued share capital at the end of the period was as follows:

Group & Company

 

Ordinary

Shares of 1p each

 

Number

At 30 June 2018

15,233,969

At 30 June 2017

12,073,833

At 31 December 2017

12,153,833

 

The total number of Ordinary Shares of 1p each in the table above includes 1,350,000 of Partly Paid Shares of 1 penny each which are not admitted to trading on AIM. The total number of Partly Paid Shares at 30 June 2017 and 31 December 2017 was 600,000.

 

Group & Company

Share Capital

Share Premium

 

$

$

At 30 June 2018

101,915

6,893,752

At 30 June 2017

63,340

926,787

At 31 December 2017

65,305

980,436

 

Reverse acquisition reserve

 

The reverse acquisition reserve was created in accordance with IFRS3 Business Combinations and relates to the reverse acquisition of Qonnectis Plc by ALDHC in July 2010. Although these Consolidated Financial Statements have been issued in the name of the legal parent, the Company it represents in substance is a continuation of the financial information of the legal subsidiary ALDHC. A reverse acquisition reserve was created in 2010 to enable the presentation of a consolidated statement of financial position which combines the equity structure of the legal parent with the reserves of the legal subsidiary. Qonnectis Plc was renamed Water Intelligence Plc on completion of the reverse acquisition on 29 July 2010.

 

6    Reacquisition of franchisee territories in the period

 

On 7 March 2018, the Group announced the reacquisition of its Louisville, Kentucky franchise.  Louisville, a strongly performing operation, is situated adjacent to the Indianapolis and Cincinnati corporate locations in the central Midwest of the United States. Together these locations form a strategic set of corporate resources to execute sales and support growth of franchisees throughout the Midwest. This cluster of corporate operated locations also better enables the Company to execute the launch of operations in Chicago during 2018-19.   

 

On 15 March 2018, the Group announced the reacquisition of its Bakersfield, California franchise. The Group plans to expand operations in this territory given the size of the opportunity and importance of water to this leading center for agriculture in the US.

 

On 15 May 2018, the Group announced the reacquisition of its South Florida franchise.  The Group plans to expand operations in this territory given the strength of its existing corporate operations immediately to the north in Ft. Lauderdale / Miami.  The Group plans to launch international expansion efforts to the Caribbean and Mexico from its expanded Miami operation.

 

7     Subsequent events

 

No subsequent events.

 

8    Publication of announcement and the Interim Results

 

A copy of this announcement will be available at the Company's registered office (201 Temple Chambers, 3-7 Temple Avenue, EC4Y 0DT) from the date of this announcement and on its website - www.waterintelligence.co.uk. This announcement is not being sent to shareholders.

 

 


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