Tracsis PLC (TRCS) - Final Results RNS Number : 8934P Tracsis PLC 31 October 2012 Tracsis plc Final Results for the year ended 31 July 2012 31 October 2012 Tracsis plc ("Tracsis" or the "Company" and with its subsidiaries the "Group") (AIM: TRCS), a leading developer and consolidator of resource optimisation software, condition monitoring technology, and consultancy services to passenger transport industries, is pleased to announce its audited final results for the year ended 31 July 2012. Financial Highlights: · Revenues increased 112% to £8.7m (2011: £4.1m) · Adjusted EBITDA* increased 164% to £3.3m (2011: £1.2m) · Profit before tax increased 169% to £3.0m (2011: £1.1m) · Cash balances up by £2.9m to £7.6m (2011: £4.7m) · Early settlement of deferred consideration in respect of the MPEC acquisition · Final dividend proposed of 0.35p per share. Interim dividend of 0.2p per share paid during the year, hence full year dividend of 0.55p * Earnings before finance income, tax, depreciation, amortisation, exceptional items and share-based payment charges Operational Highlights: · Several new contract wins across the Group · Continued uptake and demand for the MPEC condition monitoring technology · First sales of TRACS-RS, a new software product which aids with the process of rolling stock vehicle planning · Sustained involvement with UK rail refranchising where Tracsis works with a variety of transport operating groups · COMPASS software product completed a major system delivery in Scandinavia · Several key projects delivered across Northern Europe and Australasia John McArthur, Chief Executive Officer, commented: "We are once again delighted with the performance of the Group, with strong growth in both revenue and profitability. Looking ahead, we remain well placed to address the needs of the transportation industry - primarily removing extraneous resourcing costs plus improving service delivery and network robustness. There is a significant growth opportunity available to Tracsis both in the UK market and overseas and we will address this both organically and through acquisitions as appropriate." Enquiries: John McArthur, Tracsis plc Tel: 0845 125 9162 Katy Mitchell, WH Ireland Limited Tel: 0113 394 6618 Rebecca Sanders Hewett/Jenny Bahr, Redleaf Polhill Tel: 0207 566 6720 Tracsis@redleafpolhill.com Chairman's and Chief Executive Officer's Report Introduction We are pleased to report on a further period of substantial growth for Tracsis plc, our fifth in a row since joining AIM and a year that has been a step change in the size, profitability and maturity of the Group. Originally a niche software play, Tracsis has now developed a diverse range of complementary software, hardware and services, all of which are focused on delivering demonstrable performance improvements to our transport clients whether that be in reducing direct cost, improving service delivery and compliance, or increasing overall network performance. The Group works with almost all of the leading passenger transport companies within the UK such as Arriva, First Group, Go-Ahead, National Express, Stagecoach, and Virgin. Given these credentials we now stand on the cusp of breaking into overseas markets with several key projects having been delivered in the past 12 months across Northern Europe and Australasia. Our successes have led to Tracsis now employing close to 50 full time staff and over 200 contractors working across three UK offices. Moreover, looking at pure financial metrics, in less than five years we have grown revenues from less than £1m at IPO to £8.7m this year whilst generating £3.3m Adjusted EBITDA*. This is a business that has delivered during some spectacularly tough times none more so than in the current year. * Earnings before finance income, tax, depreciation, amortisation, exceptional items and share-based payment charges Business overview Tracsis is a provider, developer and consolidator of resource optimisation software, consultancy services and technology for companies in the passenger transport industries. We operate mainly in the UK but are increasingly expanding our horizons to overseas markets. Tracsis' market offering can be broadly categorised into three distinct revenue streams at present; 1. Application software: Tracsis has developed various products to optimise resources (including staff scheduling & rostering, and rolling stock scheduling), capture data, manage the collated information and report and communicate performance. 2. Professional services: Tracsis offers operational and performance planning consultancy and modelling / simulation along with passenger demand analysis & surveying; and 3. Condition monitoring and data logging equipment that includes embedded software for the management and maintenance of infrastructure. These products and services have a common theme in assisting transport operators run a more efficient and productive service. This is achieved through the optimisation of resource allocation, both people and vehicles, coupled with tools that assist with strategic and operational planning issues and decision making. Given the increasing importance of passenger transport markets within the UK and abroad, the Directors believe these to be growth markets and that there will be sustained demand for the Group's products and services in years to come. In June of 2011, we acquired MPEC Technology Limited (MPEC), our fourth acquisition to date. The 2010/11 results only included two months of trading for MPEC, but the acquisition was part of the Group for a full year in 2011/12, and the contribution to the Group has been very significant. Financial summary The Group achieved revenue of £8.7m for the year, which represents an increase of 112% on our 2011 revenue of £4.1m. This revenue growth was delivered by a combination of both organic and growth through acquisition. Excluding the MPEC acquisition, revenues increased 39% from £3.0m to £4.2m. Full year revenues for MPEC increased 318% from £1.1m to £4.5m, reflecting the timing of the acquisition and also growth. Adjusted EBITDA* of £3.3m increased 164% from £1.2m. We were also pleased to report a profit before tax in excess of £3m. Given the continued economic conditions and challenging environment, the Directors believe that this is a very strong performance and are naturally delighted with the way the Group has performed. Administrative costs excluding intangible asset amortisation and exceptional items increased from £2.4m to £3.6m. This increase reflects a full year of MPEC, and also further investment in the overhead base in order to provide a sustainable platform for further growth. After taking into account intangible asset amortisation and exceptional acquisition costs, total administrative costs amounted to £3.8m (2011: £2.5m). At 31 July 2012, the Group had cash balances of £7.6m (2011: £4.7m) and remains debt free. The Group's cash position was strengthened during the year due to proactive working capital management and a strong conversion of operating profit to cash. The deferred consideration in respect of the MPEC acquisition was settled during the year at the full amount of £1.0m. The Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA) allowed for this deferred consideration to be earned over a period of two years, however the financial targets set were earned in one year and so the full deferred consideration was paid early. Trading Progress and Prospects Sales of the Group's core software offerings remained buoyant throughout the past year and the Group maintained all on-going software licences whilst winning several new customers as part of extensive rail refranchising work that took place. Some of these new contracts were long term agreements spreading over a number of years and this has boosted the Group's level of recurring software revenue under contact. The past year also saw the first sales of TRACS-RS, a new software product which is designed to aid with the process of rolling stock vehicle planning. Adoption of RS has been good and although this product is currently in its infancy, we believe there is significant potential to up-sell this to the majority of our existing rail clients. Furthermore, the Group's COMPASS software product completed a major system delivery in Scandinavia which had commenced in the previous financial year, and further sales in Scandinavia are being targeted in the future. The Group's consultancy services traded ahead of expectation mainly due to the franchise bid work that took place in the year. The Group was involved in all of the bids, and worked with the various bidders to varying extent. The Group was heavily involved in supporting bidders for the West Coast, Great Western and Essex Thameside. The current timetable suggests that the vast majority of current franchises will be up for tender over the next few years, which could potentially lead to significant levels of demand for the Group's consultancy services offering, though the findings of the independent reviews arising from the West Coast bid may potentially have an impact on the nature of the process and timing of future franchise bid work. Within our overall consultancy offering, demand for our passenger counting and demand analytics service remained very high, which arose due to a combination of excellent client management, and also further business development in this area. Demand for this service was beyond expectations in the year. The Group's condition monitoring and data logging offering enjoyed a very busy year. The MPEC business that supplies these products is mid-way through a framework agreement involving the supply of products in large quantities to a major infrastructure customer. During the year, as was announced, a major new order was won with a value of some £2.9m. This order was partly fulfilled in the 2011/12 financial year, with the balance to be delivered in 2012/13. The Directors believe that the procurement project that these products are a part of has further potential and are confident of further orders in the coming year although as ever predicting the timing of sales in this area can be challenging. MPEC was also successful in winning a technology pilot in Scandinavia where condition monitoring devices are being tested on rolling stock vehicles. Should this pilot prove successful there is a strong possibility of Tracsis entering this new market where it is already well placed to exploit given its credentials and working relationships with the majority of UK train operating companies. People During October the Board of Directors took steps to promote two members of staff to join our Management Board. We are pleased to announce that Steve Brown now holds the position of Business Development Director and Andy Whawell is now formally appointed as Director of Infrastructure Services. Both are non-Main Board appointments. Steve has worked with Tracsis since joining via the acquisition of RWA Rail in 2008. He has played an instrumental part in the Group's recent successes and is an experienced rail professional having originally started his career with AEA Technology (now DeltaRail). Andy Whawell was originally Operations Director of MPEC Technology at the time of its acquisition by Tracsis in May 2011. Since then he has worked as de facto Managing Director and the success of our condition monitoring division has been largely down to Andy's tutelage. Prior to joining MPEC, Andy Worked for Balfour Beatty and Serco. Both Steve and Andy have been instrumental to the Group's recent successes and will continue to play pivotal roles working across our business to ensure that future growth plans are delivered. Earlier in the year Tracsis also took steps to ensure that it is well placed to recruit, motivate and retain the very best people. Building on an EMI (Enterprise Management Scheme) which is already in place, the Group took steps to formalise a Long Term Incentive Plan (LTIP) which all full time staff and Directors are eligible to participate in. This scheme provides individuals with a simple decision to make at year end where both divisional and Group financial targets are met - opt for a pre-defined cash bonus or choose enhanced company stock options in lieu of any payment. The enhanced options vest over a period of three years and are designed to reward staff both for their efforts and for choosing to align their own fortunes with that of the Company going forward. At the time of writing this I am pleased to say the vast majority of staff opted for the LTIP which is a great endorsement for the company and what it is trying to achieve. Dividends During the year, the Board also took the decision to adopt a progressive dividend policy which started with an interim dividend of 0.2p per share being paid. This was the Group's first dividend as a public company and reflects the Board's confidence in the on-going success and growth plans of the Group. The Directors propose a final dividend of 0.35p per share, subject to shareholder approval. The overall level of dividends is well covered by the Group's profitability and cash position, supporting the Group's primary focus on growth via acquisition and development of new products and services. The Directors are confident of maintaining a progressive policy going forwards providing the business continues to trade in line with expectation. The dividend will be payable on 1 February 2013 to shareholders on the Register at 18 January 2013. Acquisitions The Group did not make any new acquisitions in the year although several dozen opportunities were appraised. None of the businesses reviewed met with the Group's strict investment criteria. For the benefit of our stakeholders, the Tracsis website will shortly contain a new section dedicated to our acquisition activities and this will include details of our evaluation process and the essential elements we look for in candidate businesses. Looking ahead, the Group will continue to evaluate new opportunities on a regular basis and has a good pipeline of prospects. Growth by acquisition remains a key part of the overall growth strategy for Tracsis and the Directors remain confident of being able to announce further transactions in the fullness of time. Overseas growth During FY'11/12 only a small portion, approximately 3%, of the Group's revenue was generated overseas. This was typical of our trading activities to date given the healthy state of the UK market and the fact that many leading transport organisations are headquartered here. That said, in the past year we carried out several significant consultancy and software engagements abroad and these experiences have proved there to be readily accessible growth opportunities overseas. Looking ahead, a key strategic objective of the Group is to invest time and effort in winning business outside of the UK and show casing our products to a wider international audience. In September, Tracsis exhibited at Innotrans 2012, the largest rail trade show in the world which took place in Berlin. Summary and Outlook Tracsis has performed well in the past year, as illustrated by significantly increased levels of revenue, profit, and a resulting strong cash position. The Directors are confident of achieving further growth in the future, and our underlying organic growth should remain on a consistent trajectory given the robust nature of the UK rail industry. The industry is undergoing widespread changes which provide new opportunities for the Group: This includes the alignment of Network Rail with train operators and the general devolution from a centralised structure to planning on a route by route basis plus the large amount of refranchising work which will be undertaken in coming years. Whilst organic growth should remain buoyant, the largest challenges to the business remain in finding new investment opportunities, the timing of which are always difficult to predict. We believe the Group remains well positioned to continue its objective of becoming a leading provider of software, consultancy services and monitoring equipment to the transportation markets both within the UK and further afield. The coming year should see new client wins, new product initiatives, and Tracsis entering new overseas markets - all of which should be achievable given our credentials and existing client relationships references. As always, our thanks go out to customers, shareholders and, most of all, our employees who continue to support us as we move forward. Rod Jones, Chairman John McArthur, Chief Executive Officer 30 October 2012 Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income for the year ended 31 July 2012 Continuing Operations 2012 2011 Note £000 £000 Revenue 3 8,668 4,083 Cost of sales (1,880) (472) Gross profit 6,788 3,611 Administrative costs (3,835) (2,513) Adjusted EBITDA* 3,279 1,242 Amortisation of intangible assets (222) (115) Depreciation (49) (20) Exceptional item: Contingent consideration surplus - 45 Exceptional item: Acquisition costs - (37) Share-based payment charges (55) (17) Operating profit 2,953 1,098 Finance income 61 17 Profit before tax 3,014 1,115 Taxation (598) (208) Profit after tax 2,416 907 Other comprehensive income: Other comprehensive income net of tax - - Total recognised income for the year 2,416 907 Earnings per ordinary share Basic 4 9.96p 4.49p Diluted 4 9.83p 4.48p * Earnings before finance income, tax, depreciation, amortisation, exceptional items and share-based payment charges. Consolidated Balance Sheet as at 31 July 2012 2012 2011 £000 £000 Non-current assets Property, plant and equipment 463 474 Intangible assets 4,246 4,470 4,709 4,944 Current assets Inventories 236 134 Trade and other receivables 1,282 1,982 Cash and cash equivalents 7,568 4,690 9,086 6,806 Total assets 13,795 11,750 Non-current liabilities Deferred tax liabilities 702 817 702 817 Current liabilities Trade and other payables 1,928 2,737 Current tax liabilities 732 540 2,660 3,277 Total liabilities 3,362 4,094 Net assets 10,433 7,656 Equity attributable to equity holders of the company Called up share capital 99 96 Share premium reserve 4,113 3,762 Merger reserve 935 935 Share based payments reserve 194 139 Retained earnings 5,092 2,724 Total equity 10,433 7,656 Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity Share-based Share Share Premium Merger Payments Retained Capital Reserve Reserve Reserve Earnings Total £000 £000 £000 £000 £000 £000 At 1 August 2010 78 1,839 836 122 1,817 4,692 Profit for the year - - - - 907 907 Total comprehensive - - - - 907 907 income Transactions with owners: Share based payment - - - 17 - 17 charges Shares issued as consideration for business 1 - 99 - - 100 combinations Share Placing 17 1,933 - - - 1,950 Expenses of share - (10) - - - (10) issues At 31 July 2011 96 3,762 935 139 2,724 7,656 At 1 August 2011 96 3,762 935 139 2,724 7,656 Profit for the year - - - - 2,416 2,416 Total comprehensive - - - - 2,416 2,416 income Transactions with owners: Dividends - - - - (48) (48) Share based payment - - - 55 - 55 charges Exercise of share 1 143 - - - 144 options Exercise of 2 208 - - - 210 warrants At 31 July 2012 99 4,113 935 194 5,092 10,433 Consolidated Cash Flow Statement for the year ended 31 July 2012 2012 2011 £000 £000 Operating activities Profit for the year 2,416 907 Finance income (61) (17) Depreciation 49 20 Amortisation of intangible assets 222 115 Contingent consideration surplus - (45) Income tax charge 598 208 Share based payment charges 55 17 Operating cash inflow before changes in working capital 3,279 1,205 Movement in inventories (102) (15) Movement in trade and other receivables 700 (222) Movement in trade and other payables 191 894 Cash generated from operations 4,068 1,862 Finance income 61 17 Income tax paid (521) (178) Net cash flow from operating activities 3,608 1,701 Investing activities Purchase of plant and equipment (38) (453) Payment of deferred consideration (1,000) (122) Acquisition of subsidiaries 2 (922) Net cash flow used in investing activities (1,036) (1,497) Financing activities Dividends paid (48) - Proceeds from exercise of warrants 210 - Proceeds from exercise of share options 144 - Expenses of share issues - (10) Proceeds from the Placing - 1,950 Net cash flow from financing activities 306 1,940 Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 2,878 2,144 Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year 4,690 2,546 Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the year 7,568 4,690 Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements 1 Financial information The financial information set out above does not constitute the company's statutory accounts for the years ended 31 July 2012 or 2011 but is derived from those accounts. Statutory accounts for 2011 have been delivered to the registrar of companies, and those for 2012 will be delivered in due course. The auditors have reported on those accounts; their reports were (i) unqualified, (ii) did not include a reference to any matters to which the auditors 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. 2 Basis of preparation (a) Statement of compliance The Group consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ('IFRSs') as adopted by the EU and applicable law. The Company has elected to prepare its parent company financial statements in accordance with UK accounting standards and applicable law ('UK GAAP'). These parent company statements appear after the notes to the consolidated financial statements. (b) Basis of measurement The Accounts have been prepared under the historical cost convention. (c) Functional and presentation currency These consolidated financial statements are presented in sterling, which is the Company's functional currency. All financial information presented in sterling has been rounded to the nearest thousand. (d) Use of estimates and judgements The preparation of financial statements in conformity with IFRSs requires management to make judgements, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of policies and reported amounts of assets and liabilities, income and expenses. The estimates and associated assumptions are based on historical experience and various other factors that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances, the results of which form the basis of making the judgements about carrying values of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. Actual results may differ from these estimates. The estimates and underlying assumptions are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Revisions to accounting estimates are recognised in the period in which the estimate is revised if the revision only affects that period, or in the period of the revision and future periods, if the revision affects both current and future periods. (e) Changes in accounting policies IFRS and IFRIC are issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (the IASB) and must be adopted into European Union law, referred to as endorsement, before they become mandatory under the IAS Regulation. The following new standards and amendments to standards have become effective for the current financial year and hence are reflected in these financial statements: These standards have not had a material impact on the financial statements. · Amendment to IFRS7: Disclosures - Transfers of Financial Assets · Amendment to IAS32: Classification of Rights Issues · Revised IAS24: Related Party Disclosures At the date of approval of these financial statements the following Standards and Interpretations were in issue and endorsed by the EU but not yet effective.It is not expected that the implementation of these standards will have a material effect on the financial statements: · Amendment to IAS 1: Presentation of Items in Other comprehensive income · Amendment to IAS 19: Employee Benefits · Amendment to IFRS 7: Disclosures - Offsetting Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities · Amendment to IAS 32: Offsetting Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities · IFRS 10: Consolidated Financial Statements · IFRS 13: Fair Value Measurement · IFRS 9: Financial Instruments (f) Going concern The Group is debt free and has substantial cash resources. The Board has prepared cash flow forecasts for the forthcoming year based upon assumptions for trading and the requirements for cash resources. Based upon this analysis, the Board has concluded that the Group has adequate working capital resources and that it is appropriate to use the going concern basis for the preparation of the consolidated financial statements. 3 Segmental analysis The Group's revenue and profit was derived from its principal activity which is the development, supply and aggregation of resource optimisation, data capture and reporting technologies and consultancy to companies in the passenger transport industries. In accordance with IFRS 8 'Operating Segments', the Group has made the following considerations to arrive at the disclosure made in these financial statements. IFRS 8 requires consideration of the Chief Operating Decision Maker ("CODM") within the Group. In line with the Group's internal reporting framework and management structure, the key strategic and operating decisions are made by the Board of Directors, who review internal monthly management reports, budgets and forecast information as part of this. Accordingly, the Board of Directors are deemed to be the CODM. Operating segments have then been identified based on the internal reporting information and management structures within the Group. From such information it has been noted that the CODM reviews the business as a single operating segment, receiving internal information on that basis. The management structure and allocation of key resources, such as operational and administrative resources, are arranged on a centralised basis. Due to the small size and low complexity of the business, profitability is not analysed in further detail beyond the operating segment level and is not divided by revenue stream. The CODM reviews a split of revenue streams on a monthly basis and, as such, this additional information has been provided below. 2012 2011 Revenue £000 £000 Software licences 1,658 1,138 Post contract customer support 334 304 Consultancy and professional services, training and other revenue 2,208 1,573 Condition monitoring technology and embedded software & associated 4,468 1,068 hardware Total revenue 8,668 4,083 Reconciliations of reportable segment revenues, profit or loss, assets and liabilities and other material items Information regarding the results of the reportable segment is included below. Performance is measured based on segment profit before income tax, as included in the internal management reports that are reviewed by the Board of Directors. Segment profit is used to measure performance. There are no material inter-segment transactions, however, when they do occur, pricing between segments is determined on an arm's length basis. Revenues disclosed below materially represent revenues to external customers. 2012 2011 £000 £000 Revenues Total revenue for reportable segments 8,668 4,083 Consolidated revenue 8,668 4,083 Profit or loss Total profit or loss for reportable segments 3,279 1,242 Unallocated amounts: Share based payment charge (55) (17) Other exceptional items (net) - 8 Depreciation (49) (20) Amortisation of intangible assets (222) (115) Interest receivable 61 17 Consolidated profit before tax 3,014 1,115 2012 2011 £000 £000 Assets Total assets for reportable segments 9,549 7,280 Unallocated assets - intangible assets 4,246 4,470 Consolidated total assets 13,795 11,750 Liabilities Total liabilities for reportable segments 2,660 3,277 Unallocated liabilities - deferred tax 702 817 Consolidated total liabilities 3,362 4,094 Geographic split of revenue A geographical analysis of revenue is provided below: 2012 2011 £000 £000 United Kingdom 8,376 3,885 Rest of the World 292 198 Total 8,668 4,083 4 Earnings per share Basic earnings per share The calculation of basic earnings per share at 31 July 2012 was based on the profit attributable to ordinary shareholders of £2,416,000 (2011: £907,000) and a weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue of 24,260,000 (2011: 20,188,000), calculated as follows: Weighted average number of ordinary shares In thousands of shares 2012 2011 Issued ordinary shares at 1 August 24,036 19,502 Effect of shares issued related to business combinations - 33 Effect of shares issued for cash 224 653 Weighted average number of shares at 31 July 24,260 20,188 Diluted earnings per share The calculation of diluted earnings per share at 31 July 2012 was based on profit attributable to ordinary shareholders of £2,416,000 (2011: £907,000) and a weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue after adjustment for the effects of all dilutive potential ordinary shares of 24,582,000 (2011: 20,245,000): In addition, adjusted EBITDA* is shown below on the grounds that it is a common metric used by the market in monitoring similar businesses. 2012 2011 £000 £000 Adjusted EBITDA* 3,279 1,242 Basic adjusted EBITDA* per share 13.52p 6.15p Diluted adjusted EBITDA* per share 13.34p 6.13p * Earnings before finance income, tax, depreciation, amortisation, exceptional items and share-based payment charges. 5 Annual Report and Annual General Meeting The Company anticipates dispatching a copy of its annual report and accounts to all shareholders on or around 14 November 2012. A copy will also be available on the Company's website www.tracsis.com. The Annual General Meeting of the Company will be held at Leeds Innovation Centre, 103 Clarendon Road, Leeds, LS2 9DF on Wednesday 16 January 2013 at 1pm. 6 Dividends The Group introduced a progressive dividend policy during the year. No dividends were paid for the year ended 31 July 2011. The cash cost of the dividend payments is shown below: 2012 2011 £000 £000 Interim dividend for 2011/12 of 0.2p per share paid 48 - Final proposed dividend for 2011/12 of 0.35p per share 87 - The dividend will be payable on 1 February 2013 to shareholders on the Register at 18 January 2013. This information is provided by RNS The company news service from the London Stock Exchange END FR LLFVRIRLIVIF -0- Oct/31/2012 07:00 GMT
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