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AMA: 2022 first-half earnings Third-quarter revenues

2022 first-half earnings
Third-quarter revenues

  • Consolidated revenues of €2.1m for the first half of 2022 and a €6.9m operating loss, in a challenging macroeconomic context, leading the Group to adapt its development strategy.

  • Revenues of €1m for the third quarter, down -18% versus Q3 2021. Orders up +10% in September 2022.

  • The major savings plan rolled out by the Group and its financial capabilities enable it to look ahead to 2023 with confidence, in a context in which the digital transition is essential for the green transition and aligned with the growing expectations of businesses.

AMA CORPORATION PLC (“AMA”) (ISIN GB00BNKGC5 – ticker ALAMA), a pioneer for assisted reality solutions and a publisher and integrator of B2B software solutions for smart workplaces, is releasing its consolidated half-year earnings at June 30, 2022, approved by the Board of Directors during its meeting on October 26, 2022.

Unaudited consolidated earnings - IFRS (€’000)

First half of 2022

First half of 2021

Change

Revenues

2,125

3,935

-46%

Adjusted gross margin1
    % of revenues

1,473
69.3%

2,350
59.7%

-37%
+9.6 pts

Staff costs

(6,045)

(4,622)

+31%

Adjusted EBITDA2

(4,351)

(2,276)

-91%

EBIT

(6,883)

(3,700)

-86%

Non-current operating losses

(1,013)

0

 

Financial income (expense)

(18)

(230)

 

Income from ordinary operations before tax

(7,914)

(3,930)

-101%

Consolidated net income

(8,558)

(3,202)

-161%

2022 first-half earnings: slowdown in business has led the Group to adapt its development strategy

For the first half of 2022, the AMA Group recorded €2.1m of revenues, compared with €3.9m for the first half of 2021. In a challenging macroeconomic environment, with market disruption, supply chain issues, inflation and geopolitical risks, clients and prospects are taking more time with their investment decisions. This situation is reflected in a number of players on the assisted reality market. AMA is continuing to move forward with its international commercial efforts, while further strengthening its strategic partnerships, to ensure that it is in a good position when its market accelerates again.

The Group’s gross margin came to €1.5m for the first half of 2022, with a margin rate of 69.3%, a 9.6-point improvement thanks to strong growth in software sales (+19%), which represent 65% of the Group’s revenues for the period. This improvement in the product mix has been achieved at the expense of equipment sales, which characterize the first phases when contracts are put in place.

Adjusted EBITDA contracted -€2m to -€4.4m due to the significant increase in payroll (+31%) over the first half of 2022 in line with the recruitments launched at the end of 2021.

At the start of June, the Group decided to launch a global savings plan that will include reducing its workforce by 53%. The cost of this plan was recognized with €1,013k of provisions under non-current items in the 2022 first-half accounts.

The Group will start 2023 with 87 staff (41 in Sales & Marketing, 21 in R&D, 18 in Operations and 7 in Administration/CSR), compared with 184 staff at the start of this year. This will enable the Group to reduce its payroll by around €4.7m for 2023 versus the level of expenditure that would have been reached based on a constant level of headcount compared with end-June 2022.

After €(18)k of financial income and expenses and a €(644)k tax expense, corresponding to the reversal of deferred tax assets, the AMA Group’s consolidated income came to €(8.6)m.

2022 third-quarter business: orders up 10% in September and XpertEye version 6.8 released

Although third-quarter revenues contracted -18% to €1m (at constant exchange rates) compared with the third quarter of 2021, AMA recorded a 10% increase in orders in September.

AMA continues to benefit from a strong client portfolio, with 473 clients at end-September, including major global groups.

AMA is continuing to innovate and, in September, released its fourth update in 2022 with version 6.8 of XpertEye. It includes the first On & Live remote assistance solution on the market. Users can simply press a button on their moziware or RealWear connected glasses to immediately launch collaboration with XpertEye. It also optimizes the management of multi-user conferences and compatibility with third-party systems.

Group financial capabilities

At June 30, 2022, the Group’s cash position totaled €13.7m, compared with €20.6m at December 31, 2021. The Group has launched a restructuring plan that will enable it to reduce its cash consumption by around €400k per month from January 1, 2023 compared with the trend for the first half of 2022.

Outlook

Following a contraction phase, the market has shown positive signs in the past few weeks, with a good rate of renewals for client contracts.

Based on the renewed interest at trade fairs, which provide a large number of qualified prospects, the market is expected to perform well in 2023, further strengthened by growing awareness of the productivity and environmental stakes addressed with the digital transformation.

Publication of the Half-Year Financial Report

AMA Corporation PLC’s financial report for the first half of 2022 will be published on October 31, 2022 in the morning. It will notably be available online at www.amaxperteye.com, under “Investors” and “Documents”.

Next date: 2022 fourth-quarter and full-year revenues: January 31, 2022 (before start of trading)

Disclaimer

This press release contains certain non-factual elements, including but not restricted to certain statements concerning its future results and other future events. These statements are based on the current vision and assumptions of AMA Corporation PLC’s leadership team. They include various known and unknown uncertainties and risks that could result in material differences in relation to the expected results, profitability and events. In addition, AMA Corporation PLC, its shareholders and its respective affiliates, directors, executives, advisors and employees have not checked the accuracy of and make no representations or warranties concerning the statistical or forward-looking information contained in this press release that is taken from or derived from third-party sources or industry publications. These statistical data and forward-looking information are used in this press release exclusively for information.

About AMA

Whereas most collaborative working tools quickly reach their limits once outside the office space, AMA enables experts to work remotely with frontline workers using a secure software platform combined with video tools that are perfectly tailored to each business.

With nearly seven years’ experience in remote assistance solutions, AMA helps industry and service providers of all sizes, as well as medical establishments, to accelerate their digital transformation. Deployed in more than 100 countries, AMA’s assisted reality platform, XpertEye, addresses a wide range of use cases, from remote diagnostics to inspection, planning and workflow management. Its unique solutions for remote interactive collaboration enable businesses and institutions to increase productivity, speed up resolution times and maximise uptime.

AMA is a sustainable digital company committed to improving the lives of professionals while preserving the planet. As we connect experts and frontline workers via a secure remote collaboration solution, we make business travel less necessary, reducing the company's carbon footprint by 1 teCO2 per month for each solution used.

With offices in France, Germany, Spain, the United States, China (including Hong Kong) and Japan, AMA has a global presence and works across all time zones to forge close relationships with its clients wherever they are. AMA is listed on Euronext Growth Paris (GB00BNKGZC51 – ALAMA). Learn more at www.amaxperteye.com.

Contacts

AMA Corporation PLC
Perrine Fromont
CFO
+33 2 23 44 13 39
investors@ama.bzh

Financial Media Relations
Calyptus - Marie Calleux
+33 (0)6 09 68 55 38
ama@calyptus.net

APPENDICES

Unaudited first-half earnings, approved by the Board of Directors on October 26, 2022.

Condensed half-year income statement

IFRS (€’000)

H1 2022

H1 2021

Revenues

2,125

3,935

Purchases consumed

(452)

(1,418)

Other Income

2,433

1,997

Other purchases and external expenses

(2,403)

(1,950)

Staff costs

(6,045)

(4,622)

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets

(2,251)

(1,423)

Other expenses

(290)

(219)

EBIT

(6,883)

(3,700)

Non-current operating income

(1013)

0

Financial income

58

33

Financial expenses

(76)

(263)

Net financial income (expense)

(18)

(230)

Pre-tax income

(7,914)

(3,930)

Corporate income tax income

(644)

728

Net income for the period

(8,558)

(3,202)

Earnings for the period attributable to owners of the parent

(8,463)

(2,847)

Non-controlling interests

(95)

(355)

Quarterly revenues

Quarterly revenues - IFRS (€m)
(at constant exchange rates)

2022

2021

Change

First quarter

1.1

2.2

-52%

Second quarter

1.0

1.8

-44%

First half

2.1

4.0

-48%

Third quarter

1.0

1.3

-18%

Condensed half-year balance sheet

IFRS (€’000)

2022.06

2021.12

Property, plant and equipment

1,264

2,221

Intangible assets

7,649

6867

Rights of use

1,775

2,050

Financial assets

166

168

Deferred tax assets

0

598

Non-current assets

10,853

11,903

Inventories

1,771

1,683

Current tax receivables

449

266

Trade and other receivables

1,082

1,996

Other current assets

3,433

1733

Cash and cash equivalents

13,682

20,641

Current assets

20,416

26,320

Total assets

31,270

38,223

 

 

 

Share capital

3,207

3,207

Issue premiums

34,161

34,161

Translation reserves

85

67

Retained earnings

(18,956)

(10,143)

Equity attributable to owners of the parent

18,498

27,293

Non-controlling interests

40

(392)

Total shareholders’ equity

18,538

26,901

Borrowings and financial debt

2,485

852

Lease liabilities

951

1,119

Defined benefit plan liabilities

116

185

Provisions

 

 

Other liabilities

 

 

Deferred tax liabilities

3

3

Non-current liabilities

3,557

2,160

Bank overdrafts

1

0

Current tax liabilities

54

49

Borrowings and financial debt

1,429

1,772

Lease liabilities

845

958

Trade and other payables

1,375

1,943

Client contract liabilities (deferred income)

1,732

2,130

Provisions

1,112

381

Other liabilities

2,628

1,929

Current liabilities

9,176

9162

Total liabilities

12,732

11,322

Total shareholders’ equity and liabilities

31,270

28,223

Half-year cash-flow statement

IFRS (€’000)

H1 2022

H1 2021

Net income for the period

(8,558)

(3,202)

Adjustments for:

 

 

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

1,103

665

Depreciation of intangible assets

1,152

758

Net financial income (expense)

18

230

Income from disposal of property, plant and equipment

91

41

Cost of share-based payments

130

1

Corporate income tax income

644

(728)

Other items

728

6

Total adjustments

3,866

972

Total operating cash flow

(4,692)

(2,330)

Change in:

 

 

Inventories

(231)

(115)

Trade and other receivables

967

902

Contract liabilities

(442)

(300)

Advances and deposits

83

54

Trade and other payables

(564)

1,725

Employee benefits and provisions

4

26

Other current receivables / payables

(274)

(1,666)

Other working capital requirement items

 

740

Total changes

(456)

625

Cash flow from operating activities

(5,148)

(1,604)

Tax paid

(241)

(89)

Net cash from operating activities

(5,390)

(1,693)

Acquisition of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets

(21)

(691)

Income from disposal of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets

(1)

7

Capitalized development costs

(2,195)

(1,861)

Investment subsidies (incl. research tax credit offsetting capitalized costs)

 

121

Increase in financial assets

(18)

(35)

Decrease in financial assets

21

14

Interest received

0

-

Net cash from investment activities

(2,215)

(2,566)

Capital increase

 

-

Receipts from new borrowings and financial debt

2,607

982

Repayment of borrowings and financial debt

(1,316)

(1,421)

Payment of lease liabilities

(626)

(369)

Interest paid on borrowings and current accounts

(27)

(70)

Interest paid on lease liabilities

(11)

(7)

Net cash from financing activities

615

(885)

Net change in cash and cash equivalents

(6,989)

(5,144)

Cash and cash equivalents at January 1

20,641

1,240

Impact of the change in exchange rates on cash held

30

28

Cash and cash equivalents at June 30

13,681

(3,876)


1 The adjusted gross margin corresponds to the margin on purchases consumed excluding the depreciation of inventory.
2 Adjusted EBITDA corresponds to EBIT + depreciation of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets + share-based payments in accordance with IFRS 2.

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