RNS – Interim Results

Date: November 24th 2020 | Author: Rik Merrikin | Topic: RNS

24 November 2020

 

INTERCEDE GROUP plc

(‘Intercede’, the ‘Company’ or the ‘Group’)

 

Interim Results for the Six Months Ended 30 September 2020

 

Intercede, the leading specialist in digital identity, credential management and secure mobility, today announces its interim results for the six months ended 30 September 2020.

 

Financial Highlights

  • Revenues increased by 9% to £4.8m (2019: £4.4m) reflecting orders received from both new and existing customers with growth across all areas of revenue: software licenses, professional services and support & maintenance.
  • Operating expenses increased by 3% to £4.4m (2019: £4.3m). When one-offs are excluded, underlying operating costs are consistent and reflect ongoing tight control of overheads with investment in the product roadmap continuing as planned.
  • Increasing revenues and tightly controlled overheads have resulted in a substantial increase in operating profit to £295,000 (2019: £25,000).
  • A profit for the period of £0.4m (2019: £0.2m) resulted in a basic profit per share of 0.9p and a fully diluted profit per share of 0.8p (2019: basic profit per share of 0.4p and a fully diluted profit per share of 0.3p).
  • Cash balances of £8.1m at 30 September 2020 compared to £4.8m held at 31 March 2020; the increase is primarily driven by £3.3m of cash generated from operations (2019: £1.8m).

Operating Highlights

  • Sales pipeline remains strong and ahead of prior year, notwithstanding the impact of COVID-19. Proactive sales effort to maintain contact with Partners and Customers including virtual Customer Advisory Board (CAB) events during October and November for Customers in the RoW and US respectively.
  • New multi-million dollar contract win announced on 30 July 2020 with the US Department of State via a new partner, Guidehouse.
  • Seamless switch to remote working following the introduction of COVID-19 restrictions with highest eNPS (employee Net Promoter Score) to date recorded in the annual employee engagement survey. Maintained business as usual without anyone being furloughed or made redundant and without reductions in working hours or pay cuts.
  • MyID v11.6 released to plan, introducing a new operator client (using REST APIs for improved user experience and enhanced performance) and additional functionality including Windows Hello for Business integration.
  • Release of the new MyID authentication service, bringing strong mobile authentication to the MyID platform and increasing the value the product brings to customers.

Chuck Pol, Chairman, said:

 

“I have been hugely impressed by the resilience of the Group, its customers and partners in the face of significant macroeconomic uncertainty following the COVID-19 pandemic. Intercede has delivered continued growth during a period of worldwide social and economic turbulence;  revenues are 9% higher and operating profits and cashflows have substantially increased to deliver significantly higher gross cash balances thereby demonstrating the relevance and resilience of Intercede and its MyID Platform.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our colleagues for their hard work during what has undoubtedly been a challenging six months. I continue to be impressed by how our teams have adapted to remote working and am sure that our customers and partners appreciate Intercede’s continued high levels of service and commitment to writing the best code in the markets we serve.

 

 

ENQUIRIES

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Klaas van der Leest, Chief Executive

Andrew Walker, Finance Director

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Simon Hicks, Corporate Finance

About Intercede

Intercede is a cybersecurity company specialising in digital identity, credential management and secure mobility.

Headquartered in the UK, with offices in the US, we believe in a connected world in which people and technology are free to exchange information securely, and complex insecure passwords become a thing of the past.

Our vision is to make the highest levels of cybersecurity available to all organisations, solving complex issues by simplifying the management of digital credentials, securely and at scale.

We have been delivering trusted solutions to high profile customers for over 20 years. Our team of experts has deployed millions of identities to governments, most of the largest aerospace and defence corporations, and major financial services and healthcare organisations, as well as leading telecommunications, cloud services and information technology firms, providing industry-leading employee and customer credential management systems.

For more information visit: www.intercede.com

The information communicated in this announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014.

INTERCEDE GROUP plc

 

(‘Intercede’, ‘the Company’ or ‘the Group’)

 

Interim Results for the Six Months Ended 30 September 2020

 

Interim Management Review

 

Introduction

Despite the challenges caused by COVID-19 in the six months ending 30 September 2020 (H1), Intercede is trending towards consistent growth and is on a sound financial footing with a strong cash position and an exciting product roadmap. The Group’s refocus towards to sustainable revenue growth and profitability is well under way as evidenced by this fifth successive half of significant progress across the business.

At the time of writing the Annual Report for the year ended 31 March 2020 (FY20), COVID-19 had already spread rapidly across the world and there was concern that reduced physical customer interaction and country lockdowns could have a negative impact on the Group’s FY21 performance. While this has been the case for business in Europe and the wider RoW region, there has been significant growth in the US where Intercede’s MyID platform is seen as a market leader amongst US Federal government departments. Intercede is proud that the MyID platform is extremely relevant in the current climate as its derived credential and mobile technology help our customers to work remotely in a secure fashion.

Strategy

Notwithstanding the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, material progress has been achieved on all elements that form part of Intercede’s 5C strategy, centred around Colleagues, Customers, Channels, Code and Cash.

 

  1. Colleagues

The Intercede culture remains as strong as ever. Following the introduction of COVID-19 restrictions, the team moved seamlessly to a remote working model and, as these results demonstrate, delivered solid growth across the business despite the challenges of lockdown to businesses everywhere. Over the period staff numbers are unchanged; business as usual has been maintained without anyone being furloughed or made redundant and without any reductions in working hours or pay cuts.  Intercede continues to recognise the achievements of its staff with pay rises and performance-related rewards.

During the period, Intercede conducted the annual employee engagement survey and this year saw the highest ever positive eNPS score (employee Net Promoter Score), demonstrating the commitment and strength of employee engagement. Strong progress was reported on all elements of the survey which is a great testament to the success of the Employee Working Group.

 

  1. Customers

As outlined below in the Financial Results section, a number of follow on orders have been received from existing customers and Intercede was excited to announce a significant new sale to the US Department of State (DoS). The ten-year, multi-million dollar contract will see Intercede’s MyID software issuing and managing the lifecycle of hundreds of thousands of DoS employee digital identities. This forms part of the agency’s next-generation Identity Management System (IDMS) solution compliant with Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12)/US Federal Government Standard FIPS 201.

To combat decreasing physical customer interaction during the pandemic, Intercede has continued to push ahead with three important customer focused initiatives: Customer Advisory Board (CAB), Customer Satisfaction Survey and the Customer Portal. Virtual CABs were held during October and November for Customers in the RoW and US respectively, who took the opportunity to get a view of upcoming updates to the MyID software platform but more importantly contribute to workshops on future MyID roadmap developments and innovations. Meanwhile the annual Customer Satisfaction Survey is currently underway and the Customer Portal is live and gathering feedback.

 

  1. Channels

Our partner network has continued to expand with new agreements established with partners covering the UK, North America, Africa, Middle East and Europe.

We currently have MyID deployments active on four Continents and each of them has inevitably been impacted by the pandemic. Europe and the Middle East has been particularly hard hit simply by the severity of individual country lockdowns. It has been very difficult for our partners to progress demonstrations and close out sales leads. Opportunities with Government departments and public utilities have been particularly affected as their priorities have been very much focused on public health challenges rather than the commissioning and deployment of new digital ID solutions.

The establishment and further development of partner relationships is critical for the Group’s future growth prospects. MyID is a Credential Management System (CMS) that forms part of a wider identity ecosystem and Intercede utilises its global network of reseller and technology partners to provide the global footprint to locally deliver the cyber security solutions our customers need. A number of new wins in the period highlight the strength of Intercede’s offering when working proactively with partners, following on from the recent launch of our Connect Partner Programme.

 

  1. Code

The challenge for Intercede continues to be scalability, which is being tackled on a number of fronts primarily by looking at new market segments, such as FIDO (Faster IDentity Online), and by reducing the cost and complexity of PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) with new products such as MyID Professional. There is clearly interest in the market for low cost PKI with out-of-the-box integration and it is pleasing to note the first sale of MyID Professional, a subscription based offering, during the period. The introduction of MyID Professional opens up engagement with potential business leads previously not addressed and who may, on further investigation, find their needs are better met with MyID Enterprise thereby creating nett new sales entries.

Innovation is in Intercede’s DNA and MyID v11 continues to evolve under the guiding principles of a) modernising the platform; b) introducing functionality to expand the addressable market; and c) continuing to be a customer-driven product. During the period MyID v11.6 was released to plan and has been well received by customers thanks to the introduction of a new operator client (using REST APIs for improved user experience and enhanced performance) and additional functionality including Windows Hello for Business integration (WHFB) as well as the new MyID authentication service. Intercede is working closely with Microsoft to develop an even tighter integration with WHFB as demanded by the most security conscious clients and prospects.

The new MyID authentication service enables organisations to quickly step up to the highest levels of security without having to invest in smart cards or tokens. When combined with the new MyID Authenticator mobile app, employees can easily authenticate to applications and cloud resources using a mobile device in place of a smart card or token. This provides a simple experience for the end user; supporting PIN, fingerprint and facial recognition while providing the organisation with a high security PKI-based authentication.

 

  1. Cash

The Group remains in a healthy financial position, with gross cash balances of £8.1m as at 30 September 2020 compared to £4.8m held at 31 March 2020 This increase is primarily driven by £3.3m of cash generated from operations (2019: £1.8m) which reflects strong cash management during a period when the Group has continued to proactively control its operating cost base while maintaining investment in the product roadmap.

 

Financial Results

Revenue in the period totalled £4,762,000, a 9% increase compared to the corresponding period last year with growth across all areas of revenue ie software licenses, professional services and support & maintenance. At the geographical level this growth is predominantly in the US market which possibly reflects different public health approaches to the pandemic but also demonstrates the resilience of Intercede’s MyID brand in its core US Federal market. The US Government has a higher degree of regulation with respect to securing digital identities and Intercede prides itself on being first to produce accredited software, as it was when FIPS 201 was originally introduced.

It is also pleasing to note the longer-term trend of Intercede’s revenue. Revenue for the six months ended 30 September 2016 was £2,828,000 and the growth from this starting point represents compound average growth of 14% over the four corresponding periods to 30 September 2020 (2017: £3,651,000, 2018: £4,174,000, 2019: £4,364,000, 2020: £4,762,000).

Revenue highlights for the period include:

  • A new MyID PIV deployment sale to provide an innovative Identity Management System (IDMS) solution compliant with US Federal Government Standard FIPS 201 for the US Department of State (DoS) and its customers. An initial progress order in excess of $1m was received in August and a follow-on order totalling $2.8m was announced on 17 November 2020.
  • A follow-on MyID Enterprise license order from one of the largest US wireless network operators.
  • A new MyID Enterprise license sale to a geology research institution based in Germany.
  • The first sale of MyID Professional to a branch of the US State Government to provide a pilot solution.
  • A new MyID Enterprise deployment sale to an existing US Airforce base customer. There is potential to package and market a MyID solution to other similar sized US Air Force base customers.

All of these wins are expected to generate incremental revenue over the next 12 months from a combination of support & maintenance plus professional services, development and/or follow-on license sales.

Compared to the corresponding period last year, operating expenses have increased by 3% to £4,446,000 (2019: £4,329,000). When one-offs are excluded, underlying costs are very consistent and reflect continued tight control over all areas of expenditure. Staff costs continue to represent the main area of expense representing 87% of total operating costs (2019: 87%). Intercede had 83 employees and contractors as at 30 September 2020 (30 September 2019: 82). The average number of employees and contractors during the period was 83 (2019: 82).

A £438,000 taxation credit for the period (2019: £447,000 taxation credit) primarily reflects the 2020 Research & Development (“R&D”) claim which results from the Group’s strategic investment activities. The Group is a beneficiary of the UK Government’s efforts to encourage innovation by allowing 130% of qualifying R&D expenditure to be offset against taxable profits and 14.5% of the lower of R&D losses or taxable losses to be paid as tax credits.

The increase in revenue combined with a consistent level of operating expenses has resulted in an increase in operating profit to £295,000 (2019: £25,000). A profit for the period of £441,000 (2019: £184,000) resulted in a basic profit per share of 0.9p and a fully diluted profit per share of 0.8p (2019: basic profit per share of 0.4p and a fully diluted profit per share of 0.3p).

Cash balances as at 30 September 2020 totalled £8,067,000 which compares with £4,758,000 as at 31 March 2020 and £5,156,000 as at 30 September 2019. The increase in cash balances is primarily driven by £3,312,000 of cash generated from operations (2019: £1,841,000). It is worth noting that the 2020 R&D tax claim totalling £447,000 was received prior to the period end and forms part of the cash balances as at 30 September 2020 (2019: R&D claim totalling £460,000 was received shortly after the period end and does not form part of the cash balances as at 30 September 2019). Cash used in investing activities totalled £21,000 compared to £383,000 of cash generated in the prior period which included proceeds from the disposal of a UK office totalling £422,000. The much improved cash balances put the Group in a strong position to deal with convertible loan notes totalling £5,005,000 that are set to mature on 29 December 2021; whether the loan note holders elect to convert (at a conversion price of 68.8125 pence per ordinary share) or would prefer repayment of the outstanding balances.

Outlook

 

Whilst the broader impact of a second wave of COVID-19 on the remainder of the current financial year remains as yet uncertain, Intercede’s fundamentals remain very much intact and year-on-year growth is still anticipated in FY21. As full or part-time remote working may increasingly become the norm, secure remote access to systems, applications and data will be essential and Intercede’s derived credential and mobile technology is already well ahead of many others in the market. As in previous years, revenue is expected to be weighted towards the second half of the year.

Whilst the nature of Intercede’s business and customer profile is such that the precise timing of orders is difficult to predict, the current sales pipeline and levels of bid activity continue to support management’s revenue and profitability targets.

By order of the Board

Klaas van der Leest                                                                                      Andrew Walker

Chief Executive Officer                                                                                   Finance Director

24 November 2020                                                                                         24 November 2020

Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income
6 months ended

30 September 2020

6 months ended

30 September 2019

Year ended 31 March

2020

£’000 £’000 £’000
Continuing operations
Revenue 4,762 4,364 10,355
Cost of sales (21) (10) (12)
__________ __________ __________
Gross profit 4,741 4,354 10,343
Operating expenses (4,446) (4,329) (9,191)
__________ __________ __________
Operating profit 295 25 1,152
Finance income 3 9 19
Finance costs (295) (297) (597)
__________ __________ __________
Profit/(loss) before tax 3 (263) 574
Taxation 438 447 432
__________ __________ __________
Profit for the period 441 184 1,006
__________ __________ __________
Total comprehensive income attributable to owners of the parent company 441 184 1,006
__________ __________ __________
Profit per share (pence)
– basic 0.9p 0.4p 2.0p
– diluted 0.8p 0.3p 1.9p
__________ __________ __________

 

Consolidated Balance Sheet
As at

30 September 2020

As at

30 September 2019

As at

31 March

2020

£’000 £’000 £’000
Non-current assets
Property, plant and equipment 109 151 119
Right of use assets 851 1,021 980
___________ ___________ __________
960 1,172 1,099
___________ ___________ __________
 
Current assets
Trade and other receivables 1,315 3,188 5,100
Cash and cash equivalents 8,067 5,156 4,758
___________ ___________ __________
9,382 8,344 9,858
___________ ___________ __________
Total assets 10,342 9,516 10,957
___________ ___________ __________
Equity
Share capital 505 505 505
Share premium 673 673 673
Equity reserve 66 66 66
Merger reserve 1,508 1,508 1,508
Accumulated deficit (3,597) (5,076) (4,133)
___________ ___________ __________
Total equity (845) (2,324) (1,381)
___________ ___________ __________
Non-current liabilities
Convertible loan notes 4,879 4,790 4,832
Lease liabilities 1,001 1,301 1,207
Deferred revenue 370 311 195
___________ ___________ __________
6,250 6,402 6,234
___________ ___________ __________
Current liabilities
Lease liabilities 328 284 316
Trade and other payables 1,663 1,955 1,632
Deferred revenue 2,946 3,199 4,156
___________ ___________ __________
4,937 5,438 6,104
___________ ___________ __________
Total liabilities 11,187 11,840 12,338
___________ ___________ __________
Total equity and liabilities 10,342 9,516 10,957
___________ ___________ __________

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity  
Share capital Share premium Equity reserve Merger reserve Accumulated deficit Total equity
 
  £’000 £’000 £’000 £’000 £’000 £’000
At 1 April 2020 505 673 66 1,508 (4,133) (1,381)
Purchase of own shares (14) (14)
Proceeds from recycling of own shares 26 26
Employee share option plan charge 45 45
Employee share incentive plan charge 38 38
Profit for the period and total comprehensive income 441 441
________ ________ ________ ________ ______________ _______ _______
At 30 September 2020 505 673 66 1,508 (3,597) (845)
At 1 April 2019 505 673 66 1,508 (5,420) (2,668)
Proceeds from recycling of own shares 17 17
Employee share option plan charge 54 54
Employee share incentive plan charge 89 89
Profit for the period and total comprehensive income 184 184
________ ________ ________ ________ ___________ __________ _______
At 30 September 2019 505 673 66 1,508 (5,076) (2,324)
At 1 April 2019 505 673 66 1,508 (5,420) (2,668)
Proceeds from recycling of own shares 38 38
Employee share option plan charge 99 99
Employee share incentive plan charge 144 144
Profit for the period and total comprehensive income 1,006 1,006
________ ________ ________ ________ __________ _______
At 31 March 2020 505 673 66 1,508 (4,133) (1,381)
Consolidated Cash Flow Statement
6 months ended 30 September 2020 6 months ended 30 September 2019 Year ended

31 March 2020

£’000 £’000 £’000
Cash flows from operating activities
Profit for the period 441 184 1,006
Taxation (438) (447) (432)
Finance income (3) (9) (19)
Finance costs 295 297 597
Depreciation of property, plant & equipment 31 43 81
Depreciation of right of use assets 129 114 235
Profit on disposal of assets held for sale (50) (50)
Employee share option plan charge 45 54 99
Employee share incentive plan charge 38 89 144
Employee unit incentive plan charge 25 14 36
Employee unit incentive plan payment (4)
Decrease/(increase) in trade and other receivables 3,810 2,009 (356)
Increase/(decrease) in trade and other payables 5 41 (299)
(Decrease)/increase in deferred revenue (1,035) (542) 299
(Decrease)/increase in lease liabilities (31) 44 23
____________ ____________ __________
Cash generated from operations 3,312 1,841 1,360
Finance income 6 7 17
Finance costs on convertible loan notes (199) (199) (400)
Finance costs on leases (48) (54) (112)
Tax received/(paid) 438 (13) 432
____________ ____________ __________
Net cash generated from operating activities 3,509 1,582 1,297
____________ ____________ __________
Investing activities
Proceeds on disposal of property, plant and equipment 422 422
Purchases of property, plant and equipment (21) (39) (46)
____________ ____________ __________
Cash (used in)/generated from investing activities (21) 383 376
____________ ____________ __________
Financing activities
Purchase of own shares (14)
Proceeds from recycling of own shares 26 17 38
Principal elements of lease payments (163) (116) (236)
____________ ____________ __________
Cash used in financing activities (151) (99) (198)
____________ ____________ __________
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 3,337 1,866 1,475
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period 4,758 3,228 3,228
Exchange (loss)/gains on cash and cash equivalents (28) 62 55
____________ ____________ __________
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period 8,067 5,156 4,758
____________ ____________ __________

Notes to the Consolidated Accounts

For the period ended 30 September 2020

1    Preparation of the interim financial statements

These interim financial statements have been prepared under IFRS as adopted by the European Union and on the basis of the accounting policies set out in the Group’s Annual Report for the year ended 31 March 2020.

The Group’s Annual Report for the year ended 31 March 2020 provides full details of significant judgements and estimates used in the application of the Group’s accounting policies. There have been no significant changes to these judgements and estimates during the period.

These interim financial statements have not been audited and do not constitute statutory accounts as defined in Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. Statutory accounts for the year ended 31 March 2019 have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The Auditors’ Report on those accounts was unqualified and did not contain any statement under Section 498 (2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

The Interim Report will be mailed to shareholders within the next few weeks and copies will be available on the website (www.intercede.com) and at the registered office: Intercede Group plc, Lutterworth Hall, St Mary’s Road, Lutterworth, Leicestershire, LE17 4PS.

2    Revenue

All of the Group’s revenue, operating profits and net liabilities originate from operations in the UK. The Directors consider that the activities of the Group constitute a single business segment.

The split of revenue by geographical destination of the end customer can be analysed as follows:

6 months ended

30 September 2020

6 months ended

30 September 2019

Year ended 31 March 2020
£’000 £’000 £’000
UK 66 39 131
Rest of Europe 509 578 1,126
North America 3,867 3,041 7,958
Rest of World 320 706 1,140
___________ ___________ __________
4,762 4,364 10,355
___________ ____________ __________

3    Taxation

Taxation represents the net effect of amounts receivable from HMRC in respect of R&D claims and US corporation tax payable.

4    Earnings per share

The calculations of earnings per ordinary share are based on the profit for the period and the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during each period.

6 months ended

30 September 2020

6 months ended

30 September 2019

Year ended 31 March 2020
£’000 £’000 £’000
Profit for the period 441 184 1,006
___________ ___________ __________
Number Number Number
Weighted average number of shares

– basic

50,482,281 50,482,281 50,482,281
– diluted 53,183,844 53,279,049 53,232,738
___________ ___________ __________
Pence Pence Pence
Earnings per share

– basic

0.9p 0.4p 2.0p
– diluted 0.8p 0.3p 1.9p
___________ ___________ __________

The weighted average number of shares used in the calculation of basic and diluted earnings per share for each period were calculated as follows:

6 months ended

30 September 2020

6 months ended

30 September         2019

Year ended 31 March 2020
Number Number Number
Issued ordinary shares at start of period 50,523,926 50,523,926 50,523,926
Effect of treasury shares (41,645) (41,645) (41,645)
Effect of issue of ordinary share capital
___________ ___________ __________
Weighted average number of shares

– basic

50,482,281 50,482,281 50,482,281
___________ ___________ __________
 

Add back effect of treasury shares

41,645 41,645 41,645
Effect of share options in issue 2,659,918 2,755,123 2,708,812
Effect of convertible loan notes in issue
___________ ___________ __________
Weighted average number of shares

– diluted

53,183,844 53,279,049 53,232,738
___________ ___________ __________

The convertible loan notes are anti-dilutive and have therefore been excluded from the calculation of diluted profit per share. Had the convertible loan notes been dilutive in nature, this would have increased the weighted average number of shares by 7,273,387 for each period.

5    Dividend

The Directors do not recommend the payment of a dividend.


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