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Amino Technologies PLC
17 July 2012
 



 

17 July 2012

AMINO TECHNOLOGIES PLC

 

INTERIM RESULTS

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 31 MAY 2012

 

Amino Technologies plc ('Amino' or the 'Company') (LSE: AMO), the Cambridge-based leader in digital entertainment solutions for IPTV, Internet TV and in-home multimedia distribution, is pleased to announce unaudited consolidated results for the period ended 31 May 2012.

 

Financial Overview 

 

·      Gross profit up 19% to £7.1m (H1 2011: £6.0m)

·      Headline Revenue of £20.1m (H1 2011: £24.7m)

Underlying* revenue up 12% to £20.1m (H1 2011: £17.9m)

·      Headline gross margin improvement of 11.1 percentage points to 35.4% (H1 2011: 24.3%)

Underlying* gross margin 2.0 percentage points higher at 35.4% (H1 2011: 33.4%)

·      EBITDA more than doubled to £1.8m (H1 2011:  £0.7m)

·      Return to H1 operating profit of £0.2m achieved  (H1 2011: loss of £0.4m)

·      Increase in cash balance to £13.9m (H1 2011: £11.6m) driven by continued margin focus, tight cost control and strong working capital management

·      The Company remains committed to the progressive full year dividend policy announced at the end of 2011.

 

* Underlying revenue and gross margin excludes the effect of the initial Telecom Italia order in 2011 at nil margin

 

Operational Overview

 

·      Improved profitability underpinned by continued operational delivery

Focus continues to rest on operational excellence, from supply chain management to sales execution

Concentration on higher quality sales has supported the delivery of improved gross margin

Effective cost controls maintained

 

·      Encouraging traction from new target customers and markets

Repeat orders from long-term customers in W. Europe and N. America

Encouraging and advanced new business dialogue underway in several potential new markets

Signs of positive momentum re-building in Eastern Europe

 

·      Product innovation and development continues

Launch at CES in January of world's first hybrid/OTT media gateway, powered by the next generation 32nm Intel® Atom™ system-on-chip

New Technology Office established to drive direction of future product development

Continued development of advanced, lower price point OTT product due for launch in 2013

 

Commenting on the results Keith Todd CBE, Non-Executive Chairman said:

 

"In the first half we have continued to see the benefits of the hard work and encouraging, profitable performance delivered by the Amino team last year.   We have maintained good progress in our core markets, both in Western Europe and in North America, where our partnership network continues to grow.  Our investments in new products are also improving our competiveness and opening up opportunities for growth in new markets.

 

Looking ahead, we will continue to focus on solid execution right across the business from sales to supply chain.  The positive traction we have seen in this first half has continued since the period end, underpinning the Board's confidence in meeting its profitability expectations for the financial year as a whole."

 

 

For further information please contact:

 

Amino Technologies plc

 +44 (0)1954 234100

Donald McGarva, Chief Executive Officer

 www.aminocom.com 

Julia Hornby, Chief Financial Officer






FTI Consulting LLP

+44 (0)20 7831 3113

Matt Dixon / Clare Thomas / James Melville-Ross




finnCap Limited

+44 (0)207 600 1658

Marc Young / Charlotte Stranner - Corporate Finance


Brian Patient / Tom Jenkins - Corporate Broking


 

 

About Amino Technologies plc

 

Amino Technologies plc specialises in the development and delivery of IPTV and hybrid/OTT solutions. With over three million devices sold to 850 customers in 85 countries, Amino's award-winning solutions are deployed by major network operators and service providers worldwide. Amino Technologies plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange Alternative Investment Market (AIM: symbol AMO). It is headquartered near Cambridge, in the UK, with offices in the US, China and Sweden. For more information, please visit www.aminocom.com

 

 

 

 

Chairman's statement

 

The Company has delivered a solid performance in this first half.  The team's continued and rigorous focus on execution, profitability and cash generation has delivered a return to first half operating profit, improved margins and a further strengthening of the Company's cash position.  Continued steady growth in profitability in key markets, coupled with initial success in some of the Company's newer areas of focus, has contributed to this result, underpinned by a strong operational performance.

 

Financial progress

 

After adjusting for the initial Telecom Italia order of 50,000 units at nil margin recognised in the prior year, revenue for the first half was £20.1m - or 12% better than that achieved in 2011 (H1 2011: £20.1m; Underlying H1 2011: £17.9m)

 

This improvement in underlying sales performance was largely driven by two key factors. The first factor was the sales generated during the period from customers in the Netherlands, where sales during the first half were £3.7m higher than those seen in the prior period.  The second factor was the further follow-on orders received from Telecom Italia, which benefited Amino's revenue in the period by £1.3m.

 

These positive factors were partially offset by a continuation in the unsettled conditions in other markets, particularly Russia.  The structural issues identified at the end of 2011 within the Russian market remain unresolved and, as a consequence, this market has remained challenging during the first half.  Sales in Russia were £0.4m lower than those achieved in the first half of the prior year.

 

In Eastern Europe, however, the Company has seen some encouraging and positive progress, securing a contract win during the period for the delivery of HD products in this region.    This tender was won as a result of the new lower cost, lower functionality product announced at the end of 2011, designed specifically to tackle highly competitive market dynamics in Eastern Europe and Latin America.   Whilst now secured, a short delay to this tender process means that revenue from the contract will now be recognised in the second half. 

 

The Company's continued focus on securing higher margin business and on delivering continual operational improvements has led to an increase in reported gross margin by 11.1 percentage points from 24.3% in H1 2011 to 35.4% in 2012.  Adjusting for the initial Telecom Italia order of 50,000 units at nil margin recognised in the prior year, gross margin has increased by 2.0 percentage points to 35.4% (H1 2011:  33.4%). 

 

The well-documented supply chain issues which affected the wider industry during 2011 have had minimal impact on Amino's performance and component costs have also remained under control.  We have also been successful in significantly reducing our lead-times to our customers and made improvements to the packaging of our products, further helping to improve our service levels and reduce costs.

 

Operating costs have been broadly unchanged year-on-year at £5.4m (2011:  £5.3m) through continued effective cost control.

 

As a result of the improvement in gross margins and tight cost control, EBITDA at £1.8m is £1.1m higher than the prior year (H1 2011: £0.7m).  The launch of new products during 2011 has resulted in a corresponding increase in amortisation and depreciation of £0.5m during the year.  These factors have contributed to the group returning to operating profit during the period, which at £0.2m is £0.6m better than the prior year (H1 2011: loss of £0.4m). 

 

The group's focus on profitable underlying revenue growth, tight cost control, and strong working capital management, has delivered further improvements in the Company's cash balance, which closed the period at £13.9m (H1 2011: £11.6m).  This £2.3m improvement is despite total cash outflows of £2.3m in respect of dividend payments in the first half of 2012 and the share buyback completed in the second half of 2011. 

 

Customers and markets

 

The Company continues to successfully meet the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities within the dynamic markets it serves. Amino's leading position in innovation and product development, blending its strengths in IPTV with new OTT functionality, means that the Company is able to meet the demands of existing customers and new market entrants.   The establishment of a new Technology Office - under the guidance of Amino's Chief Technologist - is also playing a key role in shaping the future direction of the Company's product capabilities to meet future market demands.

 

Traditional markets, including Western Europe and North America, have performed well during the period with repeat orders secured from long-term customers, making a solid contribution to first half performance. The launch in the Netherlands during the first half of a number of IPTV services based on Amino set-top boxes underlines the Company's strong position in a country where fibre-to-the-home provision is driving new service take up.

 

Focused campaigns in North America have also helped Amino to extend its customer base in this key market, further supported by strong and growing working relationships with key partners in this region. 

 

Whilst the Russian market has remained challenging during the period, the Company has begun to see positive traction from its carefully targeted devices for the Eastern Europe and Latin America markets.  By way of example, an important and significant contract was secured during the half with a South Eastern European network operator: the first contract for HD set-top boxes the Company has secured in this region.

 

The market continues to evolve with the Company's core customers increasingly demanding innovative devices that deliver premium entertainment experiences to subscribers. Encouragingly, the centrality of set-top boxes with OTT capability to service delivery is underlined by wider market developments. The long-anticipated launch of 'YouView', in a UK market that has historically lagged behind global developments in terms of innovation, highlights the continued demand for powerful new hybrid/OTT devices that offer both broadcast/OTT and multi-screen capability.

 

Amino's sharp focus on innovation was made clear at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, 2012, where the Company unveiled the world's first hybrid/OTT media gateway powered by Intel's next generation system on chip (SoC).  This new product combines dual core processing power with a range of new enhanced trans-coding and encoding capabilities and with multi-screen distribution to deliver content seamlessly to TVs, smartphones and tablets around the home. The development of this media gateway product continues to go to plan and it is anticipated that orders from existing and new customers will be taken and delivered in 2013. 

 

This combination of flexibility, innovation - and the value of Amino's core engineering strength - continues to be a key differentiator in securing a future sales pipeline.

 

Outlook

 

Looking ahead, the team will continue to focus on solid execution right across the business from sales to supply chain, and high margin, cash generative growth.  The new media gateway product, expected to see initial sales traction in 2013, may limit short-term OTT revenue growth in the second half of the year.  However, the positive traction seen right across the business in this first half has continued since the period end, further underpinning the Board's confidence in meeting its profitability expectations for the financial year as a whole.

 

 

Ends

 

 



 

Consolidated income statement

For the six months ended 31 May 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes

Six months ended

31 May 2012

Unaudited


Six months ended

 31 May 2011

Unaudited


Year to

30 November

 2011

Audited



£000s


£000s


£000s

Revenue

3

20,139


24,703


51,815

Cost of sales


(13,001)


(18,708)


(37,295)

Gross profit


7,138


5,995


14,520

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses


(3,247)


(3,056)


(6,124)

Research and development expenses


(2,111)


(2,284)


(4,043)

EBITDA


1,780


655


4,353








Depreciation


(172)


(346)


(379)

Amortisation


(1,408)


(725)


(2,321)

Impairment of goodwill


-


-


(2,279)

 

Operating Profit / (Loss)


200


(416)


(626)

 

Net Finance income


6


-


7

Profit / (Loss) before taxation


206


(416)


(619)

Corporation tax (charge) / credit


(27)


20


410

Profit / (Loss) for the period attributable to equity holders


179


(396)


(209)








Basic earnings per 1p ordinary share

4

0.34p


(0.70p)


(0.39p)

Diluted earnings per 1p ordinary share

4

0.34p


(0.70p)


(0.39p)

 

All amounts relate to continuing activities.







 

 


 

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income

For the six months ended 31 May 2012


 

 

 

 

Six months to

 ended 31 May 2012

Unaudited


Six months to

 ended 31 May 2011

Unaudited


Year to

30 November

2011

Audited



£000s


£000s


£000s

Foreign exchange difference arising on consolidation


(22)


(208)


7

Net comprehensive (expense) / income recognised directly in equity


(22)


(208)


7

Profit / (Loss) for the period


179


(396)


(209)

Total comprehensive income / (expense) for the period


157


(604)


(202)

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these interim financial statements.

 



 

Consolidated Balance Sheet

As at 31 May 2012


 

 

 

 

Notes

As at

31 May

2012

Unaudited


As at

31 May

2011

Unaudited


As at

30 November 2011

Audited

Assets


£000s


£000s


£000s

Non-current assets







Intangible assets

5

4,191


6,879


4,492

Property, plant and equipment


630


880


673

Deferred income tax assets


644


671


671

Other receivables


163


173


168



5,628


8,603


6,004

Current assets







Inventories


4,156


4,470


4,017

Trade and other receivables


7,165


7,648


10,404

Derivative financial instruments


-


41


42

Cash at bank and in hand


13,864


11,574


14,124



25,185


23,733


28,587

Total assets


30,813


32,336


34,591

Capital and reserves attributable to equity holders of the business







Called-up share capital


579


579


579

Share premium


126


126


126

Capital redemption reserve

Foreign exchange reserves


6

611


6

373


6

589

Other reserves


16,389


16,389


16,389

Retained earnings


2,103


3,817


2,940

Total equity


19,814


21,290


20,629

 

Current liabilities







Trade and other payables


10,999


11,046


13,962

Total liabilities


10,999


11,046


13,962








Total equity and liabilities


30,813


32,336


34,591

 

 

The interim financial statements on pages 5 to 12 were approved by the Board of directors on 17th July 2012 and were signed on its behalf by:

 

 

 

 

Donald McGarva

 

 

 

Julia Hornby

Director

Director

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these interim financial statements



 

 

Consolidated Cash Flow Statement

As at 31 May 2012


 

 

 

 

Notes

Six months

ended 31 May

 2012

Unaudited


Six months

ended 31 May 2011

Unaudited


Year to 30 November

2011

Audited



£000s


£000s


£000s

Cash flows from operating activities







Cash generated from operations

6

1,724


8,824


13,745

Corporation tax received


316


566


565

Net cash generated from operating activities


2,040


9,390


14,310

Cash flows from investing activities







Purchase of intangible assets


(1,159)


(1,272)


(2,649)

Purchase of property, plant and equipment


(86)


(11)


(22)

Interest received


6


-


7

Net cash used in investing activities


(1,239)


(1,283)


(2,664)

Cash flows from financing activities







Proceeds from exercise of employee share options


-


-


85

Purchase of own shares


-


-


(1,207)

Dividends paid


(1,043)


-


-

Net cash used in financing activities


(1,043)


-


(1,122)

 

Net (decrease) / increase in cash and cash equivalents


 

(242)


 

8,107


 

10,524

Cash and cash equivalents at start of the period


14,124


3,588


3,588

Effects of exchange rate fluctuations on cash held


(18)


(121)


12

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


13,864


11,574


14,124

 



 

Consolidated Statement of changes in equity

 


Share Capital

Share premium

Other reserves

Foreign Exchange reserve

Capital redemption reserve

Profit and loss account

Total


£000s

£000s

£000s

£000s

£000s

£000s

£000s









Shareholders' equity at 30 November 2010 (audited)

579

126

16,389

581

6

4,163

21,844









Comprehensive income








Loss for the period

-

-

-

-

-

(396)

(396)

Foreign exchange on consolidation

-

-

-

(208)

-

-

(208)

Total comprehensive expense for the period attributable to equity holders

-

-

-

(208)

-

(396)

(604)









Share option compensation charge

-

-

-

-

-

50

50









Total Transactions with owners

-

-

-

-

-

50

50









Total movement in shareholders' equity

-

-

-

(208)

-

(346)

(554)









At 31 May 2011 (Unaudited)

579

126

16,389

373

6

3,817

21,290









Comprehensive income







Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

187

187

Foreign exchange on consolidation

-

-

-

216

-

-

216

Total comprehensive income for the period attributable to equity holders

-

-

-

216

-

187

403









Share option compensation charge

-

-

-

-

-

58

58

Exercise of employee share options

-

-

-

-

-

85

85

Purchase of own shares

-

-

-

-

-

(1,207)

(1,207)









Total Transactions with owners

-

-

-

-

-

(1,064)

(1,064)









Total movement in shareholders' equity

-

-

-

216

-

(877)

(661)









Shareholders' equity at 30 November 2011 (audited)

579

126

16,389

589

6

2,940

20,629









Comprehensive income







Profit / (Loss) for the period

-

-

-

-

-

179

179

Foreign exchange on consolidation

-

-

-

22

-

-

22

Total comprehensive income for the period attributable to equity holders

-

-

-

22

-

179

201









Share option compensation charge

-

-

-

-

-

27

27

Dividends paid

-

-

-

-

-

(1,043)

(1,043)









Total Transactions with owners

-

-

-

-

-

(1,016)

(1,016)









Total movement in shareholders' equity

-

-

-

22

-

(837)

(815)









At 31 May 2012 (Unaudited)

579

126

16,389

611

6

2,103

19,814

 

 

 

 

Notes to the interim financial statements

Six months ended 31 May 2012

 

 

1              General information

 

Amino Technologies plc ('the Company') and its subsidiaries (together 'the Group') specialises in IPTV software technologies and hardware platforms that enable delivery of digital programming and interactivity over IP networks, including the internet. 

 

The Company is a public limited company which is listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange and is incorporated and domiciled in the UK.

 

 

2              Basis of preparation

 

The financial information has been prepared in accordance with all relevant International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") and International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee ("IFRIC") interpretations that had been published by 31 May 2012 as endorsed by the European Union (EU). The accounting policies adopted are consistent with those of the financial statements for the year ended 30 November 2011, as described in those financial statements. In preparing these interim financial statements the Board has not sought to adopt IAS 34 "Interim financial reporting".

 

The figures for the six-month periods ended 31 May 2012 and 31 May 2011 have not been audited.  The figures for the year ended 30 November 2011 have been extracted from, but do not constitute, the consolidated financial statements of Amino Technologies plc for that year.  Those financial statements have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies and included an auditors' report, which was unqualified and did not contain a statement under Section 498(2) or Section 498(3) Companies Act 2006.

 

 

3              Revenue

 

The Group has only one operating segment, being the development and sale of broadband network software and systems. All revenues, costs, assets and liabilities relate to this segment.

 

The geographical analysis of revenue is as follows:

 


Six months

ended 31 May 2012

Unaudited


Six months

ended 31 May 2011

Unaudited


Year to

30 November

2011

Audited


£000s


£000s


£000s

United Kingdom

Italy

Netherlands

Russia

391

1,315

7,650

1,216


489

6,754

3,908

1,578


963

13,023

7,789

3,518

USA

6,102


6,008


14,950

Rest of the World

3,465


5,966


11,572


20,139


24,703


51,815

 

 

4              Earnings per share

 



£000s


£000s


£000s







Profit/(Loss) attributable to shareholders



Weighted average number of shares (Basic)

Weighted average number of shares (Diluted)

 

The calculation of basic earnings per share is based on profit/(loss) after taxation and the weighted average number of ordinary shares of 1p each in issue during the period, as adjusted for shares held by an Employee Benefit Trust.

 

For diluted earnings per share, the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue is adjusted to assume conversion of all dilutive potential ordinary share options.  The Group has only one category of dilutive potential ordinary share options: those share options where the exercise price is less than the average market price of the Company's ordinary shares during the period. There is no dilutive effect in respect of the periods ended 31 May 2011 and 30 November 2011 as the Group was loss making.

 

 

 

5              Intangible assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net book value

As at

31 May

2012

Unaudited

 

£000s


As at

31 May

2011

Unaudited

£000s


As at

30 November

2011

Audited

£000s







Goodwill relating to Tilgin IPTV AB

-


2,207


-

Software licences

104


189


125

Development costs

4,087


4,374


4,367

Acquired intellectual property

-


109


-


4,191


6,879


4,492

 

 
 

6              Cash generated from operations

 



£000s


£000s


£000s


Profit / (Loss) before corporation tax

Adjustments for:

Amortisation charge

Depreciation charge

Impairment charge

Loss on disposal of fixed assets

Share-based payment charge

Fair value loss/(gain) on derivative financial instruments

Financial income - net

Exchange differences

(Increase) / decrease in inventories

Decrease in trade and other receivables

Decrease in trade and other payables

Cash generated from operations

1,724


8,824


13,745

 

 

 


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