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MediaZest Plc - Unaudited Interim Results

·12-min read

28 June 2021

MediaZest Plc

("MediaZest", the "Company” or “Group"; AIM: MDZ)

Unaudited Interim Results for the six months ended 31 March 2021

MediaZest, the creative audio-visual company, announces its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 31 March 2021 (the “Period”).

MediaZest’s interim results are set out below, with comparisons to the same period in the previous year as well as to MediaZest’s audited results for the 18 month period ended 30 September 2020.

CHAIRMAN’S STATEMENT

Introduction

The Board presents the consolidated unaudited results for the six months ended 31 March 2021 for MediaZest plc and its wholly owned subsidiary company MediaZest International Ltd (together the “Group”).

Financial Review

  • Revenue for the Period was £846,000, down 42% (2020: £1,454,000) due to the impact of Covid-19.

  • Gross profit was down 38% accordingly to £410,000 (2020: £656,000).

  • Gross margin rose to 48% (2020: 45%).

  • Administrative expenses were £459,000, a reduction of 31% (2020: £667,000).

  • EBITDA was a loss of £49,000 (2020: £11,000).

  • Net loss for the period after taxation was £160,000 (2020: £43,000).

  • The basic and fully diluted loss per share was 0.0115 pence (2020: loss per share 0.0031 pence).

  • Cash in hand at 31 March 2021 was £16,000 (2020: £16,000).

Operational Review

As highlighted in the Financial Review above, the unaudited financial results for the six months to 31 March 2021 were adversely affected by nationwide UK “lockdowns” in response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic (the “Pandemic”), by way of comparison with the prior period.

However, since the end of the Period, business has improved significantly and the Group is extremely busy pitching and delivering projects for a wide range of both existing and new clients.

During December 2020 and January 2021 many clients ceased on-site installation work, with projects only beginning to recommence from early February 2021 onwards. This had a negative impact on financial results, particularly in January and February of 2021, the latter also impacted by the timing of revenue recognition under IFRS 15.

As noted in recent announcements, since the beginning of the calendar year the Group has seen a significant increase in new opportunities and in committed projects. The timing of these projects themselves and recognition of the resultant revenue to the Group (in accordance with accounting standards), has resulted in the benefit of these new business wins being recognised in the second half of the financial year rather than during the Period.

In light of the Pandemic, the Group continued to work hard to keep costs low during the 6 months and utilised the Government Job Retention Scheme appropriately during the Period.

Additional financing was not required and in the post balance sheet period the Group has been able to repay some shareholder debt using free cashflow from trading.

Client Work in the Period

The Group continued to work with long term clients such as Lululemon Athletica, Pets at Home, Ted Baker, and Hyundai during the Period, with new project installations as well as ongoing service and maintenance contractual work.

New store installations for Dermologica, Samsung and a number of digital kiosk projects did also go ahead at the beginning of these 6 months, and again towards the end of the Period as lockdown measures eased once more.

A number of new clients were added during the Period with smaller initial projects but the potential to grow into more significant engagements in the future.

Significant wins being delivered Post Period included the Vashi Covent Garden project, announced recently on 18 June and forthcoming new projects with Hyundai and Samsung.

Gross margins continued to hold up well reflecting the strong balance towards the Group’s high-quality managed service offering.

Outlook

It remains difficult to assess the extent to which the Pandemic will affect the Group’s forthcoming trading and financial performance as the situation continues to evolve rapidly with the final stage of ‘unlocking’, which was scheduled for 21 June, being deferred to 19 July in the light of recent data.

However, the number of new projects currently underway or already completed in the second half of the year has been encouraging and the Board is looking for the Group to deliver a much improved second half of Financial Year 21.

Recurring revenue streams have been robust throughout the last 18 months and contracts continue to extend and grow in many cases. Developing these contracts and growing opportunities that focus on this type of business has been a priority in recent years and continues to show success and generate long term value in the Group.

Performance of the Group over the second six months and into the next financial year looks encouraging, subject to the uncertainty within which many businesses are currently operating.

The Board continues to work on the assumption that the disruption caused by the Pandemic will have an impact throughout 2021 and continues to plan accordingly, searching for new revenue streams whilst managing costs tightly.

Lance O’Neill

Chairman

28 June 2021

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 31 MARCH 2021

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

6 months

6 months

18 months

Notes

31-Mar-21

31-Mar-20

30-Sep-20

£’000

£'000

£'000

Continuing Operations

Revenue

846

1,454

3,068


Cost of sales

(436)

(798)

(1,544)

------------

------------

------------

Gross profit

410

656

1,524

Other operating income

-

-

25

Administrative expenses before depreciation and amortisation

(459)

(667)

(1,735)

------------

------------

------------

EBITDA

(49)

(11)

(186)

Administrative expenses – depreciation & amortisation

(38)

(41)

(124)

------------

------------

------------

Operating (Loss)/Profit

(87)

(52)

(310)

Finance Costs

(73)

(31)

(168)

------------

------------

------------

(Loss)/Profit before taxation

(160)

(83)

(478)

Taxation

-

40

30

========

========

========

(Loss)/Profit for the period and total comprehensive loss/income for the period attributable to the owners of the parent

(160)

========

(43)

========

(448)

========

Earnings/(Loss) per ordinary 0.01p (2020: 0.01p) share

Basic

2

(0.0115)p

(0.0031)p

(0.0324)p

Diluted

2

(0.0115)p

(0.0031)p

(0.0324)p

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

AS AT 31 MARCH 2021

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

As at 31-Mar-21

As at 31-Mar-20

As at 30-Sep-20

£’000

£'000

£'000

ASSETS
Non-current assets

Goodwill

2,772

2,772

2,772

Owned
Property, plant and equipment

25

54

39

Right-of-use
Property, plant and equipment

149

157

171

------------

------------

------------

2,946

2,983

2,982

Current assets

Inventories

238

116

93

Trade and other receivables

408

548

493

Cash and cash equivalents

16

16

91

------------

------------

------------

662

680

677

TOTAL ASSETS

3,608

3,663

3,659

========

========

========

EQUITY

Shareholders’ Equity

Called up share capital

3,656

3,656

3,656

Share premium

5,244

5,244

5,244

Share option reserve

146

146

146

Retained earnings

(7,837)

(7,500)

(7,677)

------------

------------

------------

TOTAL EQUITY

1,209

1,546

1,369

========

========

========

LIABILITIES

Non-current liabilities

Financial liabilities – borrowings:

Interest bearing lease liabilities

136

118

157

Other interest bearing loans and borrowings

182

-

176

------------

------------

------------

318

118

333

Current liabilities

Trade and other payables

1,175

1,252

968

Financial liabilities – borrowings:

Invoice discounting facility

131

183

245

Interest bearing lease liabilities

55

54

59

Other interest bearing loans and borrowings

720

510

685

------------

------------

------------

2,081

1,999

1,957

TOTAL LIABILITIES

2,399

2,117

2,290

========

========

========

TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES

3,608

3,663

3,659

========

========

========

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 31 MARCH 2021

Share

Share

Share Options

Retained

Total

Capital

Premium

Reserves

Earnings

Equity

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000


Balance at 31 March 2019

3,656

5,244

146

(7,227)

1,819

Impact of IFRS 16 implementation

-

-

-

(2)

(2)

=======

========

=========

=======

=======

Balance at 1 April 2019 restated

3,656

5,244

146

(7,229)

1,817

=======

========

=========

=======

=======

Loss for the year

-

-

-

(271)

(271)

-----------

-----------

-----------

-----------

-----------

Total comprehensive loss for the year

-

-

-

(271)

(271)

=======

========

=========

=======

=======

Balance at 31 March 2020

3,656

5,244

146

(7,500)

1,546

=======

========

=========

=======

======

Loss for the period

-

-

-

(177)

(177)

-----------

-----------

-----------

-----------

-----------

Total comprehensive loss for the period

-

-

-

(177)

(177)

=======

========

=========

=======

=======

Balance at 30 September 2020

3,656

5,244

146

(7,677)

1,369

=======

========

=========

=======

=======

Loss for the period

-

-

-

(160)

(160)

-----------

-----------

-----------

-----------

-----------

Total comprehensive loss for the period

-

-

-

(160)

(160)

=======

========

=========

=======

=======

Balance at 31 March 2021

3,656

5,244

146

(7,837)

1,209

=======

========

=========

=======

=======

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 31 MARCH 2021

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

6 months

6 months

18 months

Note

31-Mar-21

31-Mar-20

30-Sep-20

£'000

£'000

Net cash generated from operating activities

3

94

(14)

(73)

Taxation

-

40

30

----------

----------

----------

Net cash generated from operating activities

94

26

(43)

Cash flows used in investing activities

Purchase of plant and machinery

(2)

8

(29)

----------

----------

----------

Net cash used in investing activities

(2)

8

(29)

Cash flow from financing activities

Other loans

(5)

19

(16)

Bounce back loan

-

-

50

Lease liability payments

(20)

(46)

(47)

Shareholder loan receipts

-

218

718

Shareholder loan repayments

-

(219)

(515)

Interest paid

(28)

(28)

(93)

----------

----------

----------

Net cash (used in)/ generated from financing activities

(53)

(56)

97

----------

----------

----------

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

39

(22)

25

----------

----------

----------

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

(154)

(145)

(179)

=======

=======

=======

Cash and cash equivalents at end of year

4

(115)

(167)

(154)

=======

=======

=======

NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL INFORMATION

1. Basis of Preparation

The Group’s annual financial statements are prepared in accordance with international accounting standards in conformity with the requirements of the Companies Act 2006.

Accordingly, the consolidated six-month financial information in this report has been prepared using accounting policies consistent with international accounting standards. The international accounting standards are subject to amendment and interpretation by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). The financial information has been prepared on the basis of international accounting standards expected to be applicable as at 30 September 2021.

This interim report does not comply with IAS 34 “Interim Financial Reporting” as permissible under the AIM Rules for Companies.

Going Concern

The Directors have considered financial projections based upon known future invoicing, existing contracts, pipeline of new business and the number of opportunities it is currently working on. In addition, these forecasts have been considered in the light of the ongoing challenges in the global economy, previous experience of the markets in which the Group operates and the seasonal nature of those markets, as well as the likely ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. These forecasts indicate that the Group will generate sufficient cash resources to meet its liabilities as they fall due over the next 12-month period from the date of this interim announcement.

As a result, the Directors consider that it is appropriate to draw up the financial information on a going concern basis. Accordingly, no adjustments have been made to reflect any write downs or provisions that would be necessary should the Group prove not to be a going concern, including further provisions for impairment to goodwill and investments in Group companies.

Non-statutory accounts

The financial information contained in this document does not constitute statutory accounts within the meaning of Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006 (“the Act”).

The statutory accounts for the 18 months ended 30 September 2020 have been filed with the Registrar of Companies. The report of the auditors on those statutory accounts was unqualified, did include a reference to which the auditor drew attention by way of emphasis without qualifying their report in respect of going concern and did not contain a statement under section 498(2) or 498(3) of the Companies Act 2006.

The financial information for the six months to 31 March 2021 has not been audited.

2. Earnings per share

Basic earnings per share is calculated by dividing the loss attributed to ordinary shareholders of £160,000 (2020: £43,000) by the weighted average number of shares during the period of 1,396,425,774 (2020: 1,396,425,774). The diluted earnings per share is identical to that used for basic earnings per share as the warrants or share options are anti-dilutive.

3. Cash generated from operations

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

6 months

6 months

18 months

31-Mar-21

31-Mar-20

30-Sep-20

£'000

£'000

Loss after tax

(160)

(50)

(478)

Taxation

-

-

30

Depreciation/amortisation charge

38

41

125

Finance Costs

26

38

73

Increase in inventories

(145)

(18)

(24)

Increase in payables

252

169

242

Decrease/(increase) in receivables

83

(194)

(41)

========

========

========

Net cash generated from/(absorbed by) operating activities

94

(14)

(73)

========

========

========

4. Cash and cash equivalents

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

6 months

6 months

18 months

31-Mar-21

31-Mar-20

30-Sep-20

£'000

£'000

£'000

Cash held at bank

16

16

91

Invoice discounting facility

(131)

(183)

(245)

========

========

========

(115)

(167)

(154)

========

========

========

5. Subsequent events

Subsequent to 31 March 2021, the Government’s “roadmap” out of “lockdown” has seen the re-opening of many of the Group’s clients’ stores, especially in the retail sector, and an upswing in new projects coming through the pipeline, with the expectation that the second half of the financial year ending 30 September 2021 will show significant improvement.

The repayment of the Group’s Bounce Back Loan of £50,000 under the Government’s scheme, is due to commence from June 2021 at £887 per month. Interest on the £150,000 Convertible Loan Note instrument, secured in August 2020 to provide additional working capital for the Group, is being paid quarterly at an annual rate of 7%.

In the post balance sheet period the Group has been able to repay some shareholder debt using free cashflow from trading.

6. Distribution of the Interim Report

Copies of the Interim Report will be available to the public from the Company’s website, www.mediazest.com, and from the Company Secretary at the Company's registered address at Unit 9, Woking Business Park, Albert Drive, Woking, Surrey, GU21 5JY.

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) 596/2014 as it forms part of UK domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 ("MAR"), and is disclosed in accordance with the Company's obligations under Article 17 of MAR.






Enquiries:

Geoff Robertson
Chief Executive Officer
MediaZest Plc

0845 207 9378

David Hignell/Adam Cowl
Nominated Adviser
SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP

020 3470 0470

Claire Noyce
Broker
Hybridan LLP

020 3764 2341

Notes to Editors:

About MediaZest

MediaZest is a creative audio-visual systems integrator that specialises in providing innovative marketing solutions to leading retailers, brand owners and corporations, but also works in the public sector in both the NHS and Education markets. The Group supplies an integrated service from content creation and system design to installation, technical support, and maintenance. MediaZest was admitted to the London Stock Exchange's AIM market in February 2005. For more information, please visit www.mediazest.com

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