Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Centaur Media Plc NEX:CAU.GB NEX Ordinary Share GB0034291418
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  0.00 0.0% 36.50 0.00 0.00 36.50 36.50 36.50 0.00 13:06:51
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
- - - -

Centaur Media PLC Interim results for the 6 months ended 30 Jun 2019

25/09/2019 7:01am

UK Regulatory (RNS & others)


Centaur Media (NEX:CAU.GB)
Historical Stock Chart

2 Months : From Sep 2019 to Nov 2019

Click Here for more Centaur Media Charts.

TIDMCAU

RNS Number : 5427N

Centaur Media PLC

25 September 2019

Centaur Media Plc

Interim results for the 6 months ended 30 June 2019

Margin acceleration plan established to lift group margins to 20% by 2022

Completion of disposal programme will enable GBP5m reduction in annualised costs

New dividend policy announced and payment of a GBP5 million dividend in October 2019

Financial Highlights

 
                           Unaudited   Unaudited 
                             HY 2019     HY 2018   % Change 
------------------------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 Revenue                        24.1        25.0        (4) 
 Underlying(1) Revenue          23.0        23.2        (1) 
 Adjusted(2) operating 
  loss                         (1.3)       (1.8)         28 
 Group statutory profit 
  after taxation                 6.0         0.5 
------------------------  ----------  ----------  --------- 
 

Statutory revenues down 4% to GBP24.1m; underlying(1) revenues down 1%

   -- Xeim underlying1 revenues declined by 4% to GBP19.7m due to deliberate management actions to close low margin 
      products combined with trading weaknesses at Econsultancy's US operations and MarketMakers 
 
   -- The Lawyer increased underlying1 revenues by 11% to GBP4.3m 
 
   -- Strong growth from information Influencer Intelligence data analytics platform and e-learning products 
 
   -- Adjusted2 operating loss of GBP1.3m (2018: GBP1.8m) includes central overhead costs of supporting four businesses 
      sold during the first half 
 
   -- Central cost savings resulting from the disposals planned from the second half of 2019 
 
   -- Group statutory profit after taxation of GBP6.0m (2018: GBP0.5m) due to gains on disposal of subsidiaries 
 
   -- Net cash of GBP14.4m at 30 June 2018 (2018: GBP1.8m) after receiving GBP16.0m of net disposal proceeds in the 
      period 

During the half, Centaur successfully sold its businesses in Engineering, Financial Services, Human Resources and Travel and Meetings for gross proceeds of GBP21.75m. The completion of the disposal programme in July 2019 leaves Centaur a simpler, more focused group with two businesses, Xeim in marketing services and The Lawyer in the legal sector. This will enable elimination of central overheads required to support the disposed businesses and the company intends to reduce annualised costs by at least GBP5m.

Centaur is today announcing a dividend payment of GBP5m, equivalent to 3.5p per share, payable on 25 October 2019. This includes a 2p per share special dividend as the first distribution of the proceeds from the recent disposals. Centaur intends to make further returns of cash in 2020 with these payments being subject to, inter alia, satisfactory group performance and ensuring the group has sufficient working capital to continue to invest in its strategy.

In addition, from 1 January 2020, Centaur will adopt a new progressive dividend policy and will target a pay-out ratio of 40% of adjusted(2) earnings, subject to a minimum dividend of 1p per share.

Also, today, Centaur is also announcing its Margin Acceleration Plan 2022 ("MAP22") with the aim of raising group EBITDA margins to at least 20% by 2022. The plan consists of initiatives to accelerate revenue growth and to secure further cost efficiencies. These include:

Revenue acceleration:

   --    Increased international sales of key brands 
   --    Cross-selling Xeim's suite of products to enterprise clients 
   --    Leverage common tech stack to build new content propositions and new product development 
   --    New products to accelerate digital subscription growth in The Lawyer 
   --    Operational improvement initiatives at Econsultancy and MarketMakers 

Cost efficiency opportunities:

   --    Elimination of costs made possible by the creation of a simpler business 
   --    Withdrawal from low margin, low growth products 

Outlook:

   --    Markets continue to be held back by economic and political uncertainty 

-- Near term outlook is a small profit in H2 which will result in a reduction in the adjusted(2) operating loss for the year

Swag Mukerji, Chief Executive Officer, commented:

"Centaur is a simpler business with a portfolio of digital assets, now wholly focused on marketing services and the legal sectors. This will allow us to make a significant reduction in central overheads, reducing annualised costs by at least GBP5m.

Our Margin Acceleration Plan 2022, announced today, will address the more challenged parts of the group whilst driving revenue growth and further cost efficiencies to lift EBITDA margins to 20% by 2022.

Also, today, we are announcing a new progressive dividend policy from 1 January 2020 under which we will target a payout of 40% of earnings, subject to a minimum dividend of 1p per share. We are making a GBP5 million dividend payment in October and, subject to satisfactory group performance, intend to make further payments in 2020."

Enquiries

 
 Centaur Media plc 
 Swag Mukerji, Chief Executive Officer      020 7970 4000 
 Howard Chapman, Interim Chief Financial 
  Officer 
 
 Teneo 
 Paul Durman/ Rebecca Hislaire              020 7420 3144 
 

Overview of Group Performance

As part of the Group's desire to focus on the Xeim and The Lawyer brands, we were pleased to complete the disposals of the Financial, Human Resources, Engineering and Travel and Meeting portfolios. In addition to receiving satisfactory cash proceeds, we have significantly simplified the business which has allowed for the achievement of considerable cost synergies. The disposals not only generated net proceeds of GBP16m for the Group - they are expected to deliver annualised cost savings of at least GBP5m on an ongoing basis. These cost savings have commenced in the second half of 2019 with minimal overhead cost savings available in the first half due to the timing of the disposals and related transitional services agreements.

The Group's reported operating profit for the period is impacted by the accounting for our discontinued businesses. As a result of this, all profit generated from these operations both in 2019 and 2018 has been allocated to "profit for the period from discontinued operations" which is below our adjusted(2) operating loss line. The Group therefore shows an adjusted(2) operating loss for both 2019 and 2018 because the cost of supporting those businesses by way of group overheads, remains within adjusted(2) operating loss throughout the first half.

The Group has performed in line with the Board's expectations in the period with strong revenue growth in The Lawyer and Influencer Intelligence and tight cost control across Xeim being offset by revenue challenges within Econsultancy and MarketMakers.

Trading Summary

The Group's trading results are as follows:

 
                                                                 Six months ended   Six months ended   Reported 
                                                                     30 June 2019       30 June 2018    growth 
                                                                        Unaudited          Unaudited      % 
--------------------------------------------------------------  -----------------  -----------------  --------- 
 Revenue (GBPm)                                                              24.1               25.0      (4) 
--------------------------------------------------------------  -----------------  -----------------  --------- 
 Other operating income                                                       1.0                0.4     150 
--------------------------------------------------------------  -----------------  -----------------  --------- 
 Adjusted(2) operating loss (GBPm)                                          (1.3)              (1.8)      28 
--------------------------------------------------------------  -----------------  -----------------  --------- 
 Adjusted(2) loss before tax (GBPm)                                         (1.4)              (1.9)      26 
--------------------------------------------------------------  -----------------  -----------------  --------- 
 Statutory operating loss (GBPm)                                            (4.6)              (3.5)     (31) 
--------------------------------------------------------------  -----------------  -----------------  --------- 
 Profit for the period from discontinued operations                           2.2                3.5     (37) 
--------------------------------------------------------------  -----------------  -----------------  --------- 
 Group statutory profit after tax (GBPm)                                      6.0                0.5       - 
 Adjusted(2) diluted EPS (pence) from continuing operations                 (0.9)              (1.1)     (18) 
--------------------------------------------------------------  -----------------  -----------------  --------- 
 Adjusted(2) diluted EPS (pence) from discontinued operations                 1.5                2.4     (38) 
 Ordinary dividend per share (pence)                                          1.5                1.5      - 
--------------------------------------------------------------  -----------------  -----------------  --------- 
 Special dividend per share (pence)                                           2.0                  -      - 
--------------------------------------------------------------  -----------------  -----------------  --------- 
 Total dividend per share (pence)                                             3.5                1.5      - 
--------------------------------------------------------------  -----------------  -----------------  --------- 
 Adjusted operating cash flow(3) (GBPm)                                       3.8                3.5      - 
--------------------------------------------------------------  -----------------  -----------------  --------- 
 Cash conversion(4)                                                           92%                80%      - 
--------------------------------------------------------------  -----------------  -----------------  --------- 
 
 

Reported revenue fell by GBP0.9m year on year (4%) with Xeim revenue falling GBP1.1m and The Lawyer growing revenue by GBP0.3m.

In the first half of 2019, it was decided that Marketing Week Live would close after the March 2019 show. The 2019 event showed revenue year-on-year decline of GBP0.4m and its impact has been excluded from underlying(1) revenue numbers. We also sold Venture Business Research (VBR) in the year, which had previously been reported with The Lawyer, within the Professional segment. Revenues for VBR have also been excluded from the underlying(1) revenue calculations but are not significant.

As outlined above, underlying(1) Group revenue fell 1% year-on-year with Xeim declines of 4% being partially offset by strong growth within The Lawyer (11%).

The adjusted(2) operating loss was GBP1.3m (2018: GBP1.8m) with the improvement driven by year-on-year reduction of costs within Xeim.

Deferred revenues at 30 June 2019 of GBP10.5m were GBP3.0m lower than in 2018 due to the impact of the disposed entities. Adjusting for the disposed businesses and deferred income relating to Marketing Week Live, like-for-like deferred income is in line with the level achieved in 2018.

Net cash has increased to GBP14.4m from GBP0.1m at the end of December 2018 and operating cash conversion(4) for the half was 92% (2018: 80%). The Group generated GBP3.8m of cash from operating activities and cash collection remained strong. The Group received net GBP16.0m of cash from disposing of its non-core businesses in the period.

 
                                     Six months ended    Six months ended 
                                         30 June 2019        30 June 2018 
                                            Unaudited           Unaudited 
                                                 GBPm                GBPm 
----------------------------------  -----------------  ------------------ 
 Adjusted(2) operating profit                     1.6                 2.6 
 Depreciation and amortisation                    2.8                 1.8 
 Movement in working capital                    (0.6)               (0.9) 
 Adjusted operating cash flow(3)                  3.8                 3.5 
 Capital expenditure                            (0.4)               (1.1) 
 Cash impact of exceptional items               (0.7)               (0.1) 
 Taxation                                       (0.3)               (0.6) 
 Interest and finance leases                    (1.3)               (0.1) 
----------------------------------  -----------------  ------------------ 
 Free cash flow                                   1.1                 1.6 
 Acquisitions                                   (0.1)               (1.8) 
 Disposals                                       16.0                 0.3 
 Dividends                                      (2.1)               (2.2) 
 Share buybacks                                 (0.6)               (0.2) 
----------------------------------  -----------------  ------------------ 
 Net cash flow                                   14.3               (2.3) 
 Opening net cash/(debt)                          0.1                 4.1 
----------------------------------  -----------------  ------------------ 
 Closing net cash                                14.4                 1.8 
----------------------------------  -----------------  ------------------ 
 

Exceptional costs in the first six months of the year were GBP1.4m (2018: GBP0.1m) due to costs relating to the sales process for The Lawyer and corporate restructuring costs linked to the ongoing cost reduction programme.

Adjusted(2) diluted EPS for the reporting period was 0.6p, with (0.9)p from continuing operations and 1.5p from discontinued operations (2018: (1.1)p from continuing operations and 2.4p from discontinued operations). Diluted EPS for the reporting period on a statutory basis was 3.9p, (2.9)p from continuing operations and 6.8p from discontinued operations (2018: (2.1)p from continuing operations and 2.3p from discontinued operations).

Segmental Review

Revenue and adjusted(2) operating profit for the six months ended 30 June, together with reported and underlying(1) growth rates across each segment, are set out below.

 
                                         Six months ended    Six months ended 
                                             30 June 2019        30 June 2018   Reported growth   Underlying(1) growth 
                                                Unaudited           Unaudited 
                                                     GBPm                GBPm          %                   % 
--------------------------------------  -----------------  ------------------  ----------------  --------------------- 
 Xeim 
 Revenue                                             19.7                20.8         (5)                 (4) 
 Contribution after portfolio costs(5)                6.1                 5.6          9                   17 
 Legal 
 Revenue                                              4.4                 4.1          7                   11 
 Contribution after portfolio costs(5)                2.4                 2.3          4                   4 
--------------------------------------  -----------------  ------------------  ----------------  --------------------- 
 

Xeim

On the 22 January 2019, we announced that our Marketing division was being rebranded Xeim. The creation of Xeim has made it possible to provide news content, insight, information, learning courses and benchmarking tools from across the portfolio by linking platforms and marketing services to provide clients with an enhanced service. This segment includes all of the Group's brands that serve the marketing and creative professions, including Econsultancy, Marketing Week, Festival of Marketing, Celebrity Intelligence, Fashion & Beauty Monitor, Design Week, Creative Review, Oystercatchers and MarketMakers.

Xeim reported a year-on-year revenue fall of 5%. When adjusting for the impact of Marketing Week Live, underlying(1) revenues are down 4%.

We are pleased to report that due to cost reductions, Contribution after Portfolio Costs (CAP(5) ) has grown by 9%. On an underlying(1) basis, adjusting for Marketing Week Live, CAP(5) has grown 17%.

Revenue Type Review

Digital premium content has continued to grow as a share of Xeim's revenue (2019: 28%, 2018: 27%). Our Marketing Services offerings have also grown their share of revenue, representing 36% of revenue in H1 2019 against 34% in H1 2018. Advertising has remained flat while live events have declined to 25% from 27% in H1 2018 due to the challenges faced by training in Econsultancy US as highlighted below.

Brand Review

Marketing Week's Mini MBA performed excellently in the half with revenues up 90% year-on-year with its highest number of participants and a continually improving NPS. As previously noted, Marketing Week Live has been discontinued. However, we anticipate further revenue growth from our Marketing Week publication following its move behind a paywall in early July.

Following its re-launch in April 2018, Influencer Intelligence has grown strongly with new business volumes up 28% and renewal rates and yields also showing strong growth.

Whilst Econsultancy EMEA's performance has been relatively strong, difficulties in the American market resulted in significant revenue shortfalls in training sales. We have proactively mitigated against this decline by deliberately reducing the scale of our New York office by bringing the sales operation back to the UK in order to drive efficiencies.

MarketMakers had a disappointing half with revenue flat year-on-year due, in the main, to poor new business wins at Really. Management action is underway to address this situation.

Legal

The Lawyer saw solid performance in the period with overall revenue increasing by 7% on a reported basis. On an underlying(1) basis, stripping out for the disposal of Venture Business Research, revenue growth was 11% with 18% growth in premium content and 30% growth in live events. Live events grew on the back of the successful launch of the Marketing Leadership Summit and especially strong growth in the In-House Financial Services Conference and GC Strategy Summit.

Premium content growth has been driven by continued subscriptions growth, especially in terms of renewal values and yield. The launch of the Litigation Tracker has seen a successful uptake, with a significant number of new customers who did not buy The Lawyer's litigation products in 2018.

Advertising revenue has fallen 9%, and now represents 32% of segment revenue (2018 39%).

Disposal and Acquisitions

The Group completed on disposals of four of its non-core businesses in the first half of 2019. The Group made the following profit/(loss) on each disposal. The Group also sold Venture Business Research, which was reported in previous results presentations as part of the Professional segment, on 13 May.

 
      Portfolio         Profit / (Loss) on Disposal GBPm 
---------------------  --------------------------------- 
 Travel and Meetings                  3.2 
   Human Resources                    3.9 
     Engineering                      1.8 
      Financial                      (0.7) 
---------------------  --------------------------------- 
        Total                         8.2 
---------------------  --------------------------------- 
 

As at the end of June, no completion accounts had been completed for any of the disposals and there may be some adjustments to these numbers to be reported in our preliminary announcement in March 2020.

Group exceptional costs of GBP1.4m include GBP0.9m of exceptional costs that were directly related to The Lawyer which the Group chose to retain despite receiving multiple offers. This is an attractive business with both strong revenue growth and strengthening digital product mix.

The Group paid GBP0.1m of consideration to the former owners of MarketMakers in the period. No further monies are due.

Dividends

The Board has proposed a GBP5.0m (3.5p per ordinary share) interim dividend composed of a GBP2.1m ordinary dividend at 1.5p per share (2018: 1.5p) and a GBP2.9m special dividend at 2.0p per share (2018: nil). This will be paid on 25 October 2019 to all shareholders on the register as at 11 October 2019.

Balance Sheet

Under the requirements of IFRS16, the Group has reclassified material operating leases as finance leases on the balance sheet at the end of June 2019. Prior periods are not restated for this change. The only material operating leases to be treated in this manner are the Group's rental properties in London, Portsmouth and New York. The impact on non-current assets is to increase the net book value of these asset by GBP2.4m, offset by increased finance lease liabilities of GBP2.1m of which GBP1.2m is current and the other GBP0.9m non-current.

Goodwill on the balance sheet was reduced by GBP10.4m in the period following completion of the Group's disposal programme. Intangible assets were reduced by GBP4.6m of which GBP2.4m related to disposed assets.

Other receivables increased to GBP2.8m from GBP1.7m at the end of 2018. This was primarily due to GBP0.8m of consideration due following completion accounts related to the disposal programme in addition to further amounts due in respect of transitional service arrangements.

Outlook

The completion of our disposal programme has significantly changed the structure of the Group. We are now more streamlined and focused on our key segments of Xeim and The Lawyer. The immediate task facing the Group is to ensure the resulting lost contribution of the disposed businesses is filled by revenue growth in the remaining business combined with cost reductions, both centrally and within the portfolios. We are pleased to confirm that we have already achieved annualised cost savings at the end of August of GBP2.5m and expect these to increase to GBP5m annualised in 2020.

The potential impact of Brexit is, as of yet unknown, and although the Group sells only a small portion of its revenue into Europe, the impact on our UK customers cannot yet be ascertained. However, it is something we have taken into consideration when announcing our interim dividend of GBP5.0m, which includes a special dividend of GBP2.9m. Given the uncertainties of Brexit, combined with an apparent downturn in the world economy, the Board feels it is prudent to review the Group's performance and outlook in the Spring of 2020 before confirming the amount of further special dividends.

We firmly believe that the increased focus and streamlined nature of the business will allow the Group to react more quickly to take advantages of changes in the market.

Principal Risks and Uncertainties

The principal risks and uncertainties facing the Group are:

-- Failure to manage change effectively exacerbates difficulties in recruiting and retaining staff and leads to loss of key senior staff. This is relevant to London, New York and Portsmouth. In 2019 this risk was exacerbated by the simplification programme; the formation of the XEIM group; and the reduction of overheads. The Board considers this risk to have decreased following the completion of the simplification programme in July 2019.

-- Fraudulent or accidental breach of our security, or ineffective operation of IT and data management systems leads to loss, theft or misuse of personal data or confidential information or other breach of data protection requirements resulting in reputational damage, a breach of data protection requirements or direct financial impact. The Board considers this risk to be broadly the same as for the prior year.

-- The General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR") that came into force in May 2018 involves much stricter requirements regarding how Centaur handles personal data, including that of customers, and a risk of a fine from the Information Commissioners Office ("ICO"), third party claims as well as reputational damage if we do not comply. The Board considers this risk to be broadly the same as for the prior year.

-- Serious systems failure (affecting core systems and multiple products or functions), or breach of IT network security (as a result of a deliberate cyber-attack or unintentional event), results in misappropriation of financial assets, proprietary or sensitive information, corruption of data or operational disruption, such as the unavailability of our websites and of our digital products to users or unavailability of support platforms, thereby directly affecting our revenues or collection activities and damaging our reputation with customers and audiences. The Board considers this risk to be broadly the same as for the prior year.

-- Trends in advertising and direct sales of our print products result in declining revenues from these sources. The non-print media sector has high levels of competition from a wider group and low barriers to entry. This leads to different pressures on audience and customer retention as well as pricing. This risk has remained since the 2018 reporting period due to volatility in advertising spend across our print products. The uncertainty following the EU referendum result in specific markets continues and, is expected until firm plans for the UK's exit from the EU are established by the UK government. The Board considers this risk to be broadly the same as for the prior year.

Further details of the Group's risk profile can be found in the 2018 Annual Report on pages 18-21.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements in this interim report are forward looking. Although the Group believes that the expectations reflected in these forward looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that these expectations will prove to have been correct. Because these statements involve risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward looking statements. It undertakes no obligation to update any forward looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Statement of Directors' Responsibilities

The Directors confirm that this consolidated interim financial information has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 as adopted by the European Union, and that the interim management report herein includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.7 and DTR 4.2.8, namely:

-- An indication of important events that have occurred during the period and their impact on the condensed financial statements, and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining period of the financial year; and

-- Material related party transactions in the period and any material changes in the related party transactions described in the last annual report.

The Directors of Centaur Media Plc are listed in the Centaur Media Plc Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2018 and there were no changes during the six months to 30 June 2019. It was announced on 4 September 2019 that Swag Mukerji would be replacing Andria Vidler as Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect. A list of current directors is maintained on the Centaur Media Plc website.

Going Concern

In assessing the going concern status, the Directors considered the Group's activities, the financial position of the Group and the Group's financial risk management objectives and policies. The Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for at least 12 months from the date of this report and for this reason, they continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the financial statements.

Related Party Transactions

There have been no further changes to the reported related parties or nature of transactions with them as set out in the Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2018.

The interim report was approved by the Board of Directors and authorised for issue on 24 September 2019 and signed on behalf of the Board by:

Swag Mukerji, Chief Executive Officer

Notes:

(a) The maintenance and integrity of the Centaur Media plc website is the responsibility of the directors; the work carried out by the auditors does not involve consideration of these matters and, accordingly, the auditors accept no responsibility for any changes that may have occurred to the interim financial statements since they were initially presented on the website.

(b) Legislation in the United Kingdom governing the preparation and dissemination of financial statements may differ from legislation in other jurisdictions.

Footnotes:

 
 (1) Underlying revenues exclude the impact of Marketing Week 
  Live which will not run in 2020 and Venture Business Research 
  which was sold in the first half of 2019. 
  (2) Adjusted results exclude adjusting items, as detailed 
  in note 4 of this Interim Report. 
  (3) For reconciliation of adjusted operating cashflow see 
  page 5 of this Interim Report. 
  (4) Cash conversion is calculated as adjusted operating cashflow 
  / adjusting operating profit excluding depreciation and amortisation 
  charges. 
  (5) Contribution after portfolio costs (CAP) is calculated 
  as all revenue generated by a portfolio less its costs of 
  sales and all costs attributable to marketing, selling, content 
  production and delivery of the revenue. 
---------------------------------------------------------------------- 
 

Independent review report to Centaur Media Plc

Report on the condensed consolidated interim financial statements

Our conclusion

We have reviewed Centaur Media plc's consolidated interim financial statements (the "interim financial statements") in the Interim Report of Centaur Media plc for the 6-month period ended 30 June 2017. Based on our review, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the interim financial statements are not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, 'Interim Financial Reporting', as adopted by the European Union and the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules sourcebook of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

What we have reviewed

The interim financial statements comprise:

   --          the Consolidated Statement of Financial Position as at 30 June 2017; 
   --          the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income for the period then ended; 
   --          the Consolidated Cash Flow Statement for the period then ended; 
   --          the Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity for the period then ended; and 
   --          the explanatory notes to the interim financial statements. 

The interim financial statements included in the Interim Report have been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, 'Interim Financial Reporting', as adopted by the European Union and the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules sourcebook of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

As disclosed in note 1 to the interim financial statements, the financial reporting framework that has been applied in the preparation of the full annual financial statements of the Group is applicable law and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) as adopted by the European Union.

Responsibilities for the condensed consolidated interim financial statements and the review

Our responsibilities and those of the directors

The Interim Report, including the interim financial statements, are the responsibility of, and has been approved by, the directors. The directors are responsible for preparing the Interim Report in accordance with the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules sourcebook of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

Our responsibility is to express a conclusion on the interim financial statements in the Interim Report based on our review. This report, including the conclusion, has been prepared for and only for the company for the purpose of complying with the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules sourcebook of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority and for no other purpose. We do not, in giving this conclusion, accept or assume responsibility for any other purpose or to any other person to whom this report is shown or into whose hands it may come save where expressly agreed by our prior consent in writing.

What a review of interim financial statements involves

We conducted our review in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410, 'Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity' issued by the Auditing Practices Board for use in the United Kingdom. A review of interim financial information consists of making enquiries, primarily of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters, and applying analytical and other review procedures.

A review is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK) and, consequently, does not enable us to obtain assurance that we would become aware of all significant matters that might be identified in an audit. Accordingly, we do not express an audit opinion.

We have read the other information contained in the Interim Report and considered whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information in the interim financial statements.

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Chartered Accountants

London

24 September 2019

Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income for the six months ended 30 June 2019

 
                                                        Six months ended 30 June (Unaudited) 
                                   ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 
                                        Adjusted    Adjusting   Statutory      Adjusted   Adjusting   Statutory 
                                      results(1)     items(1)     results    results(1)    items(1)     results 
                                            2019         2019        2019          2018        2018        2018 
                             Note           GBPm         GBPm        GBPm          GBPm        GBPm        GBPm 
  Continuing operations 
 
 Revenue                      2             24.1            -        24.1          25.0           -          25.0 
 Other operating 
  income                                     1.0            -         1.0           0.4           -           0.4 
 Net operating 
  expenses                    3           (26.4)        (3.3)      (29.7)        (27.2)       (1.7)        (28.9) 
 
 Operating loss                            (1.3)        (3.3)       (4.6)         (1.8)       (1.7)         (3.5) 
 
 Finance costs                             (0.1)            -       (0.1)         (0.1)           -         (0.1) 
 
 Loss before tax                           (1.4)        (3.3)       (4.7)         (1.9)       (1.7)         (3.6) 
 
 Taxation                     5              0.2          0.3         0.5           0.4         0.3           0.7 
 
 Loss for the period 
  from continuing 
  operations                               (1.2)        (3.0)       (4.2)         (1.5)       (1.4)         (2.9) 
 
 Discontinued 
  operations 
 Profit / (loss) 
  for the period 
  from discontinued 
  operations                 6,11            2.2          8.0        10.2           3.5       (0.1)           3.4 
 
 Profit / (loss) 
  for the period 
  attributable 
  to owners of 
  the parent                                 2.2          8.0        10.2           3.5       (0.1)           3.4 
 
 Total comprehensive 
  income / (loss) 
  attributable 
  to owners of 
  the parent                                 1.0          5.0         6.0           2.0       (1.5)           0.5 
 
 
 Earnings / (loss) 
  per share attributable 
  to owners of 
  the parent                    7 
 Basic from continuing 
  operations                              (0.9p)       (2.0p)      (2.9p)        (1.1p)      (1.0p)        (2.1p) 
 Basic from discontinued 
  operations                                1.6p         5.5p        7.1p          2.5p      (0.1p)          2.4p 
---------------------------------  -------------  -----------  ----------  ------------  ----------  ------------ 
 Total                                      0.7p         3.5p        4.2p          1.4p      (1.1p)          0.3p 
-------------------------  ------  -------------  -----------  ----------  ------------  ----------  ------------ 
 
 
 

(1) Adjusting items are disclosed in note 4

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity for the six months ended 30 June 2019

Attributable to owners of the parent company

 
                                   Reserve 
                                for shares 
     Share      Own     Share        to be   Deferred   Retained    Total 
   capital   shares   premium       issued     shares   earnings   equity 
      GBPm     GBPm      GBPm         GBPm       GBPm       GBPm     GBPm 
 
 
 
 Unaudited 
 At 1 January 2018                  15.1   (6.5)   1.1   1.1   0.1    74.0    84.9 
 Profit for the period and 
   total comprehensive income          -       -     -     -     -     0.5     0.5 
 Transactions with owners: 
 Dividends (note 14)                   -       -     -     -     -   (2.2)   (2.2) 
 Acquisition of treasury shares        -   (0.2)     -     -     -       -   (0.2) 
 Fair value of employee services       -       -     -   0.4     -       -     0.4 
---------------------------------  -----  ------  ----  ----  ----  ------  ------ 
 
 As at 30 June 2018                 15.1   (6.7)   1.1   1.5   0.1    72.3    83.4 
---------------------------------  -----  ------  ----  ----  ----  ------  ------ 
 
 
 Unaudited 
 At 1 January 2019                  15.1   (6.9)   1.1   1.8   0.1    55.5    66.7 
 Profit for the period and 
   total comprehensive income          -       -     -     -     -     6.0     6.0 
 Transactions with owners: 
 Dividends (note 14)                   -       -     -     -     -   (2.1)   (2.1) 
 Acquisition of treasury shares        -   (0.6)     -     -     -       -   (0.6) 
 Fair value of employee services       -       -     -   0.3     -       -     0.3 
---------------------------------  -----  ------  ----  ----  ----  ------  ------ 
 
 As at 30 June 2019                 15.1   (7.5)   1.1   2.1   0.1    59.4    70.3 
---------------------------------  -----  ------  ----  ----  ----  ------  ------ 
 
 

Consolidated Statement of Financial Position as at 30 June 2019

Registered number 04948078

 
                                                        30 June     30 June   31 December 
                                                           2019        2018          2018 
                                                      Unaudited   Unaudited       Audited 
                                             Note          GBPm        GBPm          GBPm 
 Non-current assets 
 Goodwill                                      8           52.2        75.6          62.6 
 Other intangible assets                       9           10.9        16.8          15.5 
 Property, plant and equipment                              3.3         1.6           1.3 
 Deferred income tax assets                                 0.8         0.9           0.8 
                                                           67.2        94.9          80.2 
------------------------------------------  ------  -----------  ----------  ------------ 
 
 Current assets 
 Inventories                                                0.2         1.0           1.4 
 Trade and other receivables                  10           13.2        13.1          12.9 
 Cash and cash equivalents                                 14.4         1.8           0.1 
 Current tax asset                                          0.4           -           0.2 
                                                           28.2        15.9          14.6 
------------------------------------------  ------  -----------  ----------  ------------ 
 
 Total assets                                              95.4       110.8          94.8 
------------------------------------------  ------  -----------  ----------  ------------ 
 
 Current liabilities 
 Trade and other payables                                (12.1)      (12.4)        (12.4) 
 Lease liabilities                            12          (1.2)           -             - 
 Deferred income                                         (10.5)      (13.5)        (15.0) 
 Provisions                                   13              -       (0.1)         (0.1) 
                                                         (23.8)      (26.0)        (27.5) 
------------------------------------------  ------  -----------  ----------  ------------ 
 Net current assets / (liabilities)                         4.4      (10.1)        (12.9) 
------------------------------------------  ------  -----------  ----------  ------------ 
 
 Non-current liabilities 
 Lease liabilities                            12          (0.9)           -             - 
 Provisions                                   13          (0.1)       (0.1)         (0.1) 
 Deferred tax liabilities                                 (0.3)       (1.3)         (0.5) 
                                                          (1.3)       (1.4)         (0.6) 
------------------------------------------  ------  -----------  ----------  ------------ 
 Net assets                                                70.3        83.4          66.7 
------------------------------------------  ------  -----------  ----------  ------------ 
 
 Capital and reserves attributable to owners of the parent 
 Share capital                                             15.1        15.1          15.1 
 Own shares                                               (7.5)       (6.7)         (6.9) 
 Share premium                                              1.1         1.1           1.1 
 Other reserves                                             2.2         1.6           1.9 
 Retained earnings                                         59.4        72.3          55.5 
------------------------------------------  ------  -----------  ----------  ------------ 
 Total equity                                              70.3        83.4          66.7 
------------------------------------------  ------  -----------  ----------  ------------ 
 

The notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated interim financial statements. The condensed consolidated interim financial statements were approved by the Board of Directors on 24 September 2019 and were signed on its behalf by:

Swag Mukerji

Chief Executive Officer

Consolidated Cash Flow Statement for the six months ended 30 June 2019

 
                                                                             Six months ended 30 June (unaudited) 
                                                                           --------------------------------------- 
                                                                                          2019                2018 
                                                                     Note                 GBPm                GBPm 
 
 Cash flows from operating activities 
 Cash generated from operations                                       15                   3.1                 3.4 
 Tax paid                                                                                (0.3)               (0.6) 
 Net cash generated from operating activities                                              2.8                 2.8 
------------------------------------------------------------------  -----  -------------------  ------------------ 
 
 Cash flows from investing activities 
 Disposal of subsidiaries                                            6,11                 16.0          0.3 
 Purchase of property, plant and equipment                                                   -         (0.3) 
 Purchase of intangible assets                                        9                  (0.4)               (0.8) 
 Acquisition of subsidiary - settlement of deferred consideration     13                 (0.1)               (1.8) 
 Net cash flows used in investing activities                                              15.5               (2.6) 
------------------------------------------------------------------  -----  -------------------  ------------------ 
 
 Cash flows from financing activities 
 Payment for shares bought back                                                          (0.6)               (0.2) 
 Interest paid                                                                           (0.1)               (0.1) 
 Repayment of obligations under finance lease                         12                 (1.2)                   - 
 Dividends paid to company's shareholders                             14                 (2.1)               (2.2) 
 Proceeds of borrowings                                                                    2.8                 1.5 
 Repayment of borrowings                                                                 (2.8)               (1.5) 
 Net cash flows used in financing activities                                             (4.0)               (2.5) 
------------------------------------------------------------------  -----  -------------------  ------------------ 
 
 Net increase / (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents                                   14.3               (2.3) 
------------------------------------------------------------------  -----  -------------------  ------------------ 
 
 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period                                          0.1                 4.1 
------------------------------------------------------------------  -----  -------------------  ------------------ 
 
 Cash and cash equivalents at end of period                                               14.4                 1.8 
------------------------------------------------------------------  -----  -------------------  ------------------ 
 
 
 Reconciliation of net cash: 
 Cash and cash equivalents                                                                14.4                 1.8 
 Borrowings                                                                                  -                   - 
------------------------------------------------------------------  -----  -------------------  ------------------ 
 
                                                                                          14.4                 1.8 
------------------------------------------------------------------  -----  -------------------  ------------------ 
 
 

Notes to the condensed consolidated interim financial statements

1 Summary of significant accounting policies

General information

Centaur Media Plc ('the Company') is a public company limited by shares and incorporated and domiciled in England and Wales. The address of the Company's registered office is Wells Point, 79 Wells Street, London, W1T 3QN. The Company is listed on the London Stock Exchange.

These condensed consolidated interim financial statements were approved for issue on 24 September 2019.

These condensed consolidated interim financial statements are unaudited and do not constitute the statutory accounts within the meaning of Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. The Group's most recent statutory financial statements, which comprise the Annual Report and audited Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2018 were approved by the Board of Directors on 19 March 2019 and delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The report of the auditors on those financial statements was not qualified, did not contain an emphasis of matter paragraph and did not contain any statement under Section 498 of the Companies Act 2006.

The consolidated financial statements of the Group as at, and for the year ended 31 December 2018, are available upon request from the Company's registered office or at www.centaurmedia.com.

Accounting policies and estimates

The accounting policies adopted by the Group in the condensed consolidated interim financial statements are consistent with those applied by the Group in its consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2018, except as described below:

-- IFRS 16 'Leases' was adopted by the Group on 1 January 2019, but the Group has not restated comparatives for the 2018 reporting period, as permitted under the specific transitional provisions in the standard. The reclassifications and the adjustments arising from the new leasing rules are therefore recognised in the opening balance sheet on 1 January 2019.

At 30 June 2019 the right-of-use assets have been included in property, plant and equipment at a value of GBP2.4m and lease liabilities at a value of GBP2.1m have been presented on the consolidated statement of financial position. This is after GBP0.9m depreciation expense in the period. The value of the IFRS 16 impact to the P&L is immaterial, however the expenses are now classified as depreciation expense on the right-of-use asset and interest expense on the finance liability.

For further details of the transition to IFRS 16 please refer to note 12.

-- Taxes on income in the interim periods are accrued using the tax rate that would be applicable to the expected total annual profit or loss.

The preparation of the condensed consolidated interim financial statements requires management to make judgements, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of accounting policies and the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, income and expense. Actual results may differ from these estimates.

In preparing these condensed consolidated interim financial statements, the significant judgements made by management in applying the Group's accounting policies and the key sources of estimation uncertainty were the same as those that applied to the consolidated financial statements as at and for the year ended 31 December 2018 except as stated below.

i) Finance Leases incremental borrowing rate

The adoption of IFRS 16 on 1 January 2019 requires the use of an incremental borrowing rate ('IBR') to discount minimum future lease payments to present value. The IBR is an estimate used in accounting for leases under IFRS 16 where the interest rate implicit in the lease cannot be readily determined. The IBR is the rate of interest that a lessee would have to pay to borrow over a similar term, and with a similar security, the funds necessary to obtain an asset of a similar value to the right-of-use asset in a similar economic environment. This is calculated by using LIBOR as a reference rate and adjusted for the Group's specific borrowing rates on its existing revolving credit facility. Additionally, for each individual contract a lease specific adjustment is made where necessary by using market yields on similar assets as a data point.

New standards and interpretations not yet adopted

There are no standards that are not yet effective and that would be expected to have a material impact on the entity in the current or future reporting periods and on foreseeable future transactions.

Basis of preparation

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements for the six-month period ended 30 June 2019 have been prepared in accordance with the Disclosure and Transparency rules of the Financial Conduct Authority and with International Financial Reporting Standards ('IFRSs') and IAS 34, 'Interim financial reporting', as adopted by the European Union. The condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2018, which have been prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the European Union.

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis.

Discontinued operations

Where the requirements of IFRS 5 have been met, the operational results of subsidiaries disposed of have been presented in discontinued operations in the current period and restated to discontinued operations in the comparative period.

Segmental reporting

In light of the disposals of subsidiaries, the reportable segments of the Group have changed since the year ended 31 December 2018. In the year then ended (and in previous years) the three reportable segments of the Group were:

   --    Marketing (renamed Xeim); 
   --    Financial Services (disposed 31 March 2019); and 
   --    Professional, the aggregate of the following portfolios: 

o Legal (which consists of The Lawyer and VBR (until disposal of VBR on 13 May 2019));

o Human Resources (disposed 30 April 2019);

o Travel & Meetings (disposed 30 April 2019); and

o Engineering (disposed 31 May 2019)

Consequently, the Group is now organised around the two continuing reportable market-facing segments, Xeim and Legal, with corporate income and costs presented separately as "Central".

Presentation of non-statutory measures

In addition to statutory measures, the Directors use various non-GAAP key financial measures to evaluate the Group's performance, and consider that presentation of these measures assist shareholders in understanding its core trading performance. The basis of the principal adjustments is consistent with that presented in the consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2018, and as described in those financial statements. The measures used are explained and reconciled to their equivalent statutory headings below.

The Directors believe that adjusted results and adjusted earnings per share provide additional useful information on the ongoing operations of the Group to shareholders. The term 'adjusted' is not a defined term under IFRS and may not therefore be comparable with similarly titled profit measurements reported by other companies. It is not intended to be a substitute for, or superior to, IFRS measurements of profit.

Adjustments are made in respect of:

-- Exceptional items - the Group considers items of income and expense as exceptional and excludes them from the adjusted results where the nature of the item, or its size, is likely to be material and non-recurring in nature so as to assist the user of the financial statements to better understand the results of the core operations of the Group. Details of exceptional items are shown in note 4.

-- Amortisation of acquired intangible assets - the amortisation charge for those intangible assets recognised on business combinations is excluded from the adjusted results of the Group since they are non-cash charges arising from non-trading investment activities. As such, they are not considered reflective of the core trading performance of the Group. Details of amortisation of intangible assets are shown in note 9.

-- Share-based payments - share-based payment expenses are excluded from the adjusted results of the Group as the Directors believe that the volatility of these charges can distort the user's view of the core trading performance of the Group.

-- Profit or loss on disposal of assets or subsidiaries - profit or loss on disposals of businesses are excluded from adjusted results of the Group as they are unrelated to core trading, and can distort a user's understanding of the performance of the Group due to their infrequent and volatile nature. See note 4.

-- Other separately reported items - certain other items are excluded from the adjusted results where they are considered large or unusual enough to distort the comparability of core trading results year on year. Details of these separately disclosed items are shown in note 4.

The tax related to adjusting items is the tax effect of the items above that are allowable deductions for tax purposes (primarily exceptional items), calculated using the standard rate of corporation tax.

Further details of adjusting items are included in note 4. A reconciliation between adjusted and statutory earnings per share measures is shown in note 7.

The following charges / (credits) were presented as adjusting items:

 
                                             Six months ended 30 June (unaudited) 
                                          --------------------------------------- 
                                                         2019                2018 
                                                         GBPm                GBPm 
 Continuing operations 
 Loss before tax                                        (4.7)               (3.6) 
 Exceptional operating expenses                           1.4                 0.1 
 Amortisation of acquired intangibles                     1.2                 1.2 
 Share-based payments                                     0.4                 0.4 
 Loss on disposal of subsidiary                           0.3                   - 
---------------------------------------   -------------------  ------------------ 
 Adjusted loss before tax                               (1.4)               (1.9) 
 Finance costs                                            0.1                 0.1 
 Adjusted operating loss                                (1.3)               (1.8) 
---------------------------------------   -------------------  ------------------ 
 

Adjusted operating cash flow is not a measure defined by IFRS. It is defined as cash flow from operations excluding the impact of adjusting items, which are defined above, including capital expenditure. The Directors use this measure to assess the performance of the Group as it excludes volatile items not related to the core trading of the Group and includes the Group's management of capital expenditure. Statutory cash flow from operations reconciles to adjusted operating cash as below:

 
                                                     Six months ended 30 June (unaudited) 
                                                  --------------------------------------- 
                                                                 2019                2018 
                                                                 GBPm                GBPm 
 
 Reported cash flow from operating activities                     3.1                 3.4 
 Cash impact of adjusting items                                   1.4                 0.1 
 Working capital impact of adjusting items                      (0.7)                   - 
-----------------------------------------------   -------------------  ------------------ 
 Adjusted operating cash flow                                     3.8                 3.5 
-----------------------------------------------   -------------------  ------------------ 
 

Financial risk factors

The Group's activities expose it to a variety of financial risks: market risk, credit risk and liquidity risk. The condensed consolidated financial statements do not include all financial risk management information and disclosures required in the annual consolidated financial statements; they should be read in conjunction with the Group's annual consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2018.

There have been no changes in risk management processes or policies since the year end.

Seasonality

Due to the new structure of the business, particularly the disposal of brands holding exhibitions, the business is more susceptible to seasonality of earnings as the remaining large events in Xeim both fall in the second half of the year. Taking the continuing business only, during the year ended 31 December 2018 48% (2017: 43%) of revenues and 48% (2017: 49%) of adjusted operating profits occurred in the period January to June.

2 Segmental reporting

The Executive Committee has been identified as the chief operating decision-maker, reviewing the Group's internal reporting on a monthly basis in order to assess performance and allocate resources.

In light of the disposals of subsidiaries in the current year, the reportable segments of the Group have changed since the year ended 31 December 2018. In the year then ended (and in previous years) the three reportable segments of the Group were as follows, with corporate income and costs allocated to each on an appropriate basis:

   --    Marketing (renamed Xeim); 
   --    Financial Services (disposed 31 March 2019); and 
   --    Professional, the aggregate of the following portfolios: 

o Legal (which consists of The Lawyer and VBR (until disposal of VBR on 13 May 2019));

o Human Resources (disposed 30 April 2019);

o Travel & Meetings (disposed 30 April 2019); and

o Engineering (disposed 31 May 2019)

Consequently, the Group is now organised around the two continuing reportable market-facing segments: Xeim and Legal. These two segments derive revenues from a combination of live events, premium content and advertising revenues. Corporate income and costs have been presented separately as "Central". The Group believes this is the most appropriate presentation of segmental reporting in order for the user to understand the core operations of the Group. There is no inter-segmental revenue.

Segment assets consist primarily of property, plant and equipment, intangible assets including goodwill, inventories and trade receivables. Segment liabilities comprise trade payables, accruals and deferred income.

Corporate assets and liabilities primarily comprise property, plant and equipment, intangible assets, current and deferred tax balances, cash and cash equivalents, borrowings and lease liabilities.

Capital expenditure comprises additions to property, plant and equipment, intangible assets and includes additions resulting from acquisitions through business combinations.

 
 
 
                                                                              Continuing        Discon-tinued 
                         Xeim   Legal   Core operations     Central           operations           operations    Group 
                         GBPm    GBPm              GBPm        GBPm                 GBPm                 GBPm     GBPm 
 Six months ended 30 
 June 2019 
 Unaudited 
 Revenue                 19.7     4.4              24.1           -                 24.1                  7.0     31.1 
 Other operating 
  income                    -       -                 -         1.0                  1.0                    -      1.0 
--------------------  -------  ------  ----------------  ----------  -------------------  -------------------  ------- 
 
 Adjusted operating 
  (loss) / profit         5.0     2.3               7.3       (8.6)                (1.3)                  2.9      1.6 
 Amortisation of 
  acquired 
  intangibles           (1.2)       -             (1.2)           -                (1.2)                (0.1)    (1.3) 
 Exceptional 
  operating expense         -   (0.9)             (0.9)       (0.5)                (1.4)                (0.1)    (1.5) 
 Share-based 
  payments              (0.1)       -             (0.1)       (0.3)                (0.4)                    -    (0.4) 
 Loss on disposal of 
  subsidiary                -       -                 -       (0.3)                (0.3)                    -    (0.3) 
 Profit on disposal 
  of subsidiaries           -       -                 -           -                    -                  8.2      8.2 
 Operating (loss) / 
  profit                  3.7     1.4               5.1       (9.7)                (4.6)                 10.9      6.3 
 Finance costs                                                                     (0.1)                    -    (0.1) 
--------------------  -------  ------  ----------------  ----------  -------------------  -------------------  ------- 
 (Loss) / profit 
  before tax                                                                       (4.7)                 10.9      6.2 
 Taxation                                                                            0.5                (0.7)    (0.2) 
--------------------  -------  ------  ----------------  ----------  -------------------  -------------------  ------- 
 (Loss) / profit for 
  the period 
  attributable to 
  owners of the 
  parent                                                                           (4.2)                 10.2      6.0 
--------------------  -------  ------  ----------------  ----------  -------------------  -------------------  ------- 
 
 Segment assets          55.4    21.0              76.4           -                 76.4                    -     95.4 
 Corporate assets                                              19.0                 19.0                    -     19.0 
--------------------  -------  ------  ----------------  ----------  -------------------  -------------------  ------- 
 Consolidated total 
  assets                                                                            95.4                    -     95.4 
--------------------  -------  ------  ----------------  ----------  -------------------  -------------------  ------- 
 
 Segment liabilities   (13.6)   (3.2)            (16.8)           -               (16.8)                    -   (16.8) 
 Corporate 
  liabilities                                                 (8.3)                (8.3)                    -    (8.3) 
 Consolidated total 
  liabilities                                                                     (25.1)                    -   (25.1) 
--------------------  -------  ------  ----------------  ----------  -------------------  -------------------  ------- 
 
 Other items 
 Capital expenditure 
  (tangibles and 
  intangibles)            0.4       -               0.4         0.3                  0.7                    -      0.7 
--------------------  -------  ------  ----------------  ----------  -------------------  -------------------  ------- 
 
 
 
 
                                                                              Continuing        Discon-tinued 
                         Xeim   Legal   Core operations     Central           operations           operations    Group 
                         GBPm    GBPm              GBPm        GBPm                 GBPm                 GBPm     GBPm 
 Six months ended 30 
 June 2018 
 Unaudited 
 Revenue                 20.8     4.1              24.9         0.1                 25.0                 13.4     38.4 
 Other operating 
  income                    -       -                 -         0.4                  0.4                    -      0.4 
--------------------  -------  ------  ----------------  ----------  -------------------  -------------------  ------- 
 
 Adjusted operating 
  (loss) / profit         4.6     2.2               6.8       (8.6)                (1.8)                  4.4      2.6 
 Amortisation of 
  acquired 
  intangibles           (1.2)       -             (1.2)           -                (1.2)                (0.2)    (1.4) 
 Exceptional 
  operating expense         -       -                 -       (0.1)                (0.1)                    -    (0.1) 
 Share-based 
  payments              (0.2)       -             (0.2)       (0.2)                (0.4)                    -    (0.4) 
 Profit on disposal 
  of subsidiary             -       -                 -           -                    -                  0.1      0.1 
 Operating (loss) / 
  profit                  3.2     2.2               5.4       (8.9)                (3.5)                  4.3      0.8 
 Finance costs                                                                     (0.1)                    -    (0.1) 
--------------------  -------  ------  ----------------  ----------  -------------------  -------------------  ------- 
 (Loss) / profit 
  before tax                                                                       (3.6)                  4.3      0.7 
 Taxation                                                                            0.7                (0.9)    (0.2) 
--------------------  -------  ------  ----------------  ----------  -------------------  -------------------  ------- 
 (Loss) / profit for 
  the period 
  attributable to 
  owners of the 
  parent                                                                           (2.9)                  3.4      0.5 
--------------------  -------  ------  ----------------  ----------  -------------------  -------------------  ------- 
 
 Segment assets          66.7    17.6              84.3           -                 84.3                 15.3     99.6 
 Corporate assets                                              11.2                 11.2                    -     11.2 
--------------------  -------  ------  ----------------  ----------  -------------------  -------------------  ------- 
 Consolidated total 
  assets                                                                            95.5                 15.3    110.8 
--------------------  -------  ------  ----------------  ----------  -------------------  -------------------  ------- 
 
 Segment liabilities   (10.9)   (2.4)            (13.3)           -               (13.3)                (4.7)   (18.0) 
 Corporate 
  liabilities                                                 (9.4)                (9.4)                    -    (9.4) 
 Consolidated total 
  liabilities                                                                     (22.7)                (4.7)   (27.4) 
--------------------  -------  ------  ----------------  ----------  -------------------  -------------------  ------- 
 
 Other items 
 Capital expenditure 
  (tangibles and 
  intangibles)            0.6     0.2               0.8         0.3                  1.1                    -      1.1 
--------------------  -------  ------  ----------------  ----------  -------------------  -------------------  ------- 
 

3 Net operating expenses

Operating profit is stated after charging/(crediting):

 
 Continuing operations 
                                                            Six months ended 30 June (unaudited) 
                                          ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 
                                             Adjusted   Adjusting   Statutory     Adjusted   Adjusting   Statutory 
                                           results(1)    items(1)     results   results(1)    items(1)     results 
                                                 2019        2019        2019         2018        2018        2018 
                                    Note         GBPm        GBPm        GBPm         GBPm        GBPm        GBPm 
 
 Employee benefits expense                       15.0           -        15.0         15.1           -        15.1 
 Depreciation of property, 
  plant and 
   Equipment(2)                                   1.4           -         1.4          0.4           -         0.4 
 Amortisation of intangible 
  assets                              9           1.4         1.2         2.6          1.4         1.2         2.6 
 Loss on disposal of 
  Subsidiary                          6             -         0.3         0.3            -           -           - 
 Other exceptional operating 
  costs                               4             -         1.4         1.4            -         0.1         0.1 
 Operating lease rentals(3)                         -           -           -          0.8           -         0.8 
 Repairs and maintenance 
  expenditure                                     0.1           -         0.1          0.1           -         0.1 
 Impairment of trade 
  receivables                         10          0.1           -         0.1          0.3           -         0.3 
 Share-based payment 
  expense                                           -         0.4         0.4            -         0.4         0.4 
 Other operating expenses                         8.4           -         8.4          9.1           -         9.1 
-----------------------------------  ---  -----------  ----------  ----------  -----------  ----------  ---------- 
                                                 26.4         3.3        29.7         27.2         1.7        28.9 
 ----------------------------------  ---  -----------  ----------  ----------  -----------  ----------  ---------- 
 
 Cost of sales                                   11.9           -        11.9          9.7           -         9.7 
 Distribution costs                               0.1           -         0.1            -           -           - 
 Administrative expenses                         14.4         3.3        17.7         17.5         1.7        19.2 
                                                 26.4         3.3        29.7         27.2         1.7        28.9 
 ----------------------------------  ---  -----------  ----------  ----------  -----------  ----------  ---------- 
 
 

(1) Adjusting items are disclosed in note 4

(2) In the current period depreciation of GBP0.9m (2018: nil) relates to right-of-use assets recognised on the adoption of IFRS 16 on 1 January 2019. See note 12 for further details.

(3) There are no operating lease rentals in the current year following the adoption of IFRS16. See accounting policies note 1 for further details.

4 Adjusting items

Certain items are presented as adjusting. These are detailed below.

 
                                                                          Six months ended 30 June (unaudited) 
                                                                        --------------------------------------- 
                                                                                       2019                2018 
                                                                                       GBPm                GBPm 
 Continuing operations 
 Exceptional operating costs 
  Staff restructuring costs                                                             0.1                   - 
  Costs relating to strategic corporate restructuring activities                        0.2                 0.1 
  Divestment related costs                                                              1.1                   - 
 Exceptional operating costs                                                            1.4                 0.1 
 
 Amortisation of acquired intangible assets                                             1.2                 1.2 
 Share-based payments                                                                   0.4                 0.4 
 Loss on disposal of subsidiary                                                         0.3                   - 
 Adjusting items to profit before tax                                                   3.3                 1.7 
 Tax relating to adjusting items                                                      (0.3)               (0.3) 
----------------------------------------------------------------------  -------------------  ------------------ 
 Total adjusting items after tax                                                        3.0                 1.4 
----------------------------------------------------------------------  -------------------  ------------------ 
 Discontinued operations 
 Profit on disposal of subsidiaries                                                   (8.2)               (0.1) 
 Exceptional costs                                                                      0.1                   - 
 Amortisation of acquired intangibles                                                   0.1                 0.2 
 Tax relating to adjusting items                                                          -                   - 
----------------------------------------------------------------------  -------------------  ------------------ 
 Total adjusting items after tax                                                      (5.0)                 1.5 
----------------------------------------------------------------------  -------------------  ------------------ 
 
 

Exceptional costs

Staff related restructuring costs

During 2019 staff related restructuring costs occurred in association with the Group's divestment programme.

Costs related to strategic corporate restructuring activities

In the current and prior year these costs related to professional fees for the corporate simplification programme.

Divestment related costs

These relate to various professional fees for the divestment programme announced in October 2018, accelerating the simplification of the Group's structure to improve operational execution and to focus attention on its leading brands.

Loss on disposal of subsidiary

This GBP0.3m loss relates to the disposal of the subsidiary Venture Business Research Limited ('VBR') on 13 May 2019. The loss on disposal, as well as the operational results up to the date of disposal of this entity have been included in continuing operations rather than discontinued operations as it does not represent a separate major line of business of the Group.

Other adjusting items

Other adjusting items relate to the amortisation of acquired intangibles and share-based payment costs

Discontinued operations

For further details on profit on disposal of subsidiaries please see note 11.

Exceptional costs of GBP0.1m during 2019 are staff related costs in association with the Group's divestment programme.

Amortisation of acquired intangibles that related to entities disposed of was GBP0.1m and GBP0.2m in the current and prior period respectively.

5 Taxation

 
                                                  Six months ended 30 June (unaudited) 
                                               --------------------------------------- 
                                                              2019                2018 
                                                              GBPm                GBPm 
 Continuing operations 
 
 Analysis of charge/(credit) for the period 
 
 Current tax                                                   0.4                 0.6 
 Deferred tax                                                (0.2)               (0.4) 
---------------------------------------------  -------------------  ------------------ 
                                                               0.2                 0.2 
---------------------------------------------  -------------------  ------------------ 
 

The tax charge is based on the estimated effective tax rate of for the year ending 31 December 2019 of 21.1% (2018: 19.6%).

6 Discontinued operations

In the current year the Group disposed of the following subsidiaries:

- Centaur Financial Platforms Limited ('FIN') on 31 March 2019;

- Centaur Media Travel and Meetings Limited ('T&M') on 30 April 2019;

- Centaur Human Resources Limited ('HR') on 30 April 2019; and

- Centaur Engineering Limited ('ENG') on 31 May 2019.

The disposals were effected in line with the Group's strategy to simplify its structure, to improve operational execution and to focus attention on leading brands.

A profit of GBP8.2m arose on the disposal of these subsidiaries being the difference between the proceeds of disposals and the carrying amount of the subsidiaries' net assets and attributable goodwill, less transaction costs. Details of these disposals can be found in note 11.

In addition to the above named subsidiaries, the Group also disposed of its Venture Business Research Limited ('VBR') subsidiary on 13 May 2019 to an employee of VBR. A loss on disposal of GBP0.3m arose on this disposal as detailed in note 11. The loss on disposal, as well as the operational results of VBR have not been included in discontinued operations as it does not represent a separate major line of business and these have therefore been included in continuing operations.

In 2017 the Group disposed of its Home Interest segment ('HI'). In the prior year, GBP0.1m additional profit on disposal arose in relation to this disposal following the agreement of final completion accounts.

The results of the discontinued operations, which have been included in the consolidated statement of comprehensive income and consolidated cash flow statement, were as follows:

 
                    FIN     T&M       HR      ENG       HI     Total     FIN      T&M       HR      ENG       HI     Total 
                                      Period ended                                         Period ended 
                      31 
                     Mar   30 Apr   30 Apr   31 May   30 Jun   30 Jun   30 Jun   30 Jun   30 Jun   30 Jun   30 Jun   30 Jun 
                    2019     2019     2019     2019     2019     2019     2018     2018     2018     2018     2018     2018 
 Income 
 Statement          GBPm     GBPm     GBPm     GBPm     GBPm     GBPm     GBPm     GBPm     GBPm     GBPm     GBPm     GBPm 
 
 Revenue             2.1      3.8      0.7      0.4        -      7.0      4.4      6.2      1.2      1.6        -     13.4 
 Expenses          (1.2)    (2.2)    (0.6)    (0.3)        -    (4.3)    (2.7)    (4.4)    (1.0)    (1.1)        -    (9.2) 
 Profit/(loss) 
  on disposal      (0.7)      3.2      3.9      1.8        -      8.2        -        -        -        -      0.1      0.1 
 
 Profit/(loss) 
  before tax         0.2      4.8      4.0      1.9        -     10.9      1.7      1.8      0.2      0.5      0.1      4.3 
 Attributable 
  tax expense      (0.3)    (0.3)    (0.1)        -             (0.7)    (0.3)    (0.4)    (0.1)    (0.1)        -    (0.9) 
 
 Statutory 
  profit/(loss) 
  after tax        (0.1)      4.5      3.9      1.9        -     10.2      1.4      1.4      0.1      0.4      0.1      3.4 
 Profit/(loss) 
  on disposal        0.7    (3.2)    (3.9)    (1.8)        -    (8.2)        -        -        -        -    (0.1)    (0.1) 
 Amortisation of 
  acquired 
  intangible 
  assets             0.1        -        -        -        -      0.1      0.1        -      0.1        -               0.2 
 Exceptional 
  expenses             -        -      0.1        -        -      0.1        -        -        -        -        -        - 
 Attributable 
 tax expense           -        -        -        -        -        -        -        -        -        -        -        - 
 
 Adjusted profit 
  attributable 
  to 
  discontinued 
  operations         0.7      1.3      0.1      0.1        -      2.2      1.5      1.4      0.2      0.4        -      3.5 
                  ======  =======  =======  =======  =======  =======  =======  =======  =======  =======  =======  ======= 
 
 
 Cash Flows 
 
 Operating cash 
  flows              0.6      0.3      0.4      0.4        -      1.7        -        -        -        -        -        - 
 Investing cash 
 flows                 -        -        -        -        -        -        -        -        -        -        -        - 
 Financing cash 
 flows                 -        -        -        -        -        -        -        -        -        -        -        - 
                  ------  -------  -------  -------  -------  -------  -------  -------  -------  -------  -------  ------- 
 
 Total cash 
  flows              0.6      0.3      0.4      0.4        -      1.7        -        -        -        -        -        - 
                  ======  =======  =======  =======  =======  =======  =======  =======  =======  =======  =======  ======= 
 

7 (Loss) / earnings per share

Basic earnings per share ('EPS') is calculated by dividing the earnings attributable to ordinary shareholders by the weighted average number of shares in issue during the year. 2,105,196 (2018: 461,991) shares held in the employee benefit trust and 6,964,613 (2018: 6,964,613) shares held in treasury have been excluded in arriving at the weighted average number of shares. The calculations of earnings per share are based on the following profits and number of shares:

 
                                                     Six months ended 30 June (unaudited) 
                       ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
                                    2019           2019            2019           2018            2018            2018 
                                Earnings       Weighted                       Earnings        Weighted 
                         attributable to        average        (Loss) /   attributable         average        (Loss) / 
                           owners of the      number of    earnings per   to owners of       number of    earnings per 
                                  parent         shares           share     the parent          shares           share 
                                    GBPm       millions           Pence           GBPm        millions           Pence 
 Basic 
 Continuing 
  operations                       (4.2)          142.9           (2.9)          (2.9)           144.1           (2.1) 
 Continuing and 
  discontinued 
  operations                         6.0          142.9             4.2            0.5           144.1             0.3 
 
           Effect of dilutive securities 
 Continuing 
 operations                            -              -               -              -               -               - 
 Continuing and 
  discontinued 
  operations                           -           10.5           (0.3)              -            10.9           (0.1) 
---------------------  -----------------  -------------  --------------  -------------  --------------  -------------- 
 
 Diluted 
 Continuing 
  operations                       (4.2)          142.9           (2.9)          (2.9)           144.1           (2.1) 
 Continuing and 
  discontinued 
  operations                         6.0          153.4             3.9            0.5           155.0             0.2 
---------------------  -----------------  -------------  --------------  -------------  --------------  -------------- 
 
 Adjusted 
 Continuing 
 operations 
 Basic                             (4.2)          142.9           (2.9)          (2.9)           144.1           (2.1) 
 Exceptional 
  operating expense                  1.4                            1.0            0.1                             0.1 
 Amortisation of 
  acquired 
  intangibles                        1.2                            0.8            1.2                             0.8 
 Share-based payments                0.4                            0.2            0.4                             0.3 
 Loss on disposal of 
  subsidiary                         0.3                            0.2              -                               - 
 Tax effect of above 
  adjustments                      (0.3)                          (0.2)          (0.3)                           (0.2) 
 
 Discontinued 
 operations 
 Basic                              10.2          142.9             7.1            3.4           144.1             2.4 
 Exceptional 
  operating expense                  0.1                            0.1              -                               - 
 Amortisation of 
  acquired 
  intangibles                        0.1                            0.1            0.2                             0.2 
 Profit on disposal 
  of subsidiary                    (8.2)                          (5.7)          (0.1)                           (0.1) 
 Tax effect of above 
 adjustments                           -                              -              -                               - 
---------------------  -----------------  -------------  --------------  -------------  --------------  -------------- 
 
 Adjusted basic 
 Continuing 
  operations                       (1.2)          142.9           (0.9)          (1.5)           144.1           (1.1) 
 Continuing and 
  discontinued 
  operations                         1.0          142.9             0.7            2.0           144.1             1.4 
---------------------  -----------------  -------------  --------------  -------------  --------------  -------------- 
 
           Effect of dilutive securities 
 Options 
 Continuing 
 operations                            -              -               -              -               -               - 
 Continuing and 
  discontinued 
  operations                           -           10.5           (0.1)              -            10.9           (0.1) 
                       -----------------  -------------  --------------  -------------  --------------  -------------- 
 
 Adjusted diluted 
 Continuing 
  operations                       (1.2)          142.9           (0.9)          (1.5)           144.1           (1.1) 
 Continuing and 
  discontinued 
  operations                         1.0          153.4             0.6            2.0           155.0             1.3 
 
 
 
 
                                                 Six months ended 30 June (unaudited) 
                    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
                              Adjusted      Adjusting      Statutory       Adjusted      Adjusting      Statutory 
                            results(1)       items(1)        results     results(1)       items(1)        results 
                                  2019           2019           2019           2018           2018           2018 
                                  GBPm           GBPm           GBPm           GBPm           GBPm           GBPm 
 Fully diluted from 
  continuing 
  operations                    (0.9p)         (2.0p)         (2.9p)         (1.1p)         (1.0p)         (2.1p) 
 Fully diluted 
 from 
 discontinuing 
 operations                       1.5p           5.3p           6.8p           2.4p         (0.1p)           2.3p 
------------------  ---  -------------  -------------  -------------  -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 Total                            0.6p           3.3p           3.9p           1.3p         (1.1p)           0.2p 
----------------  -----  -------------  -------------  -------------  -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 
 

There was no difference between the weighted average number of shares used for the calculation of basic and the diluted loss per share for continuing operations as the effect of all potentially dilutive shares outstanding was anti-dilutive.

8 Goodwill

 
                                                     GBPm 
 Cost 
 At 1 January 2019                                  159.5 
 Disposal of subsidiaries (note 11)                (48.4) 
-------------------------------------  ------------------ 
 At 30 June 2019                                    111.1 
-------------------------------------  ------------------ 
 
 Accumulated impairment 
 At 1 January 2019                                   96.9 
 Disposal of subsidiaries (note 11)                (38.0) 
-------------------------------------  ------------------ 
 At 30 June 2019                                     58.9 
-------------------------------------  ------------------ 
 
 Net book value 
 At 1 January 2019                                   62.6 
-------------------------------------  ------------------ 
 At 30 June 2019                                     52.2 
-------------------------------------  ------------------ 
 
 
 Net book value 
 At 1 January 2018    75.6 
-------------------  ----- 
 At 30 June 2018      75.6 
-------------------  ----- 
 

Disposals in the year relate to the disposal of Centaur Financial Platforms Limited (net book value GBP4.8m), Centaur Media Travel and Meetings Limited (net book value GBP5.6m), Centaur Human Resources Limited (net book value GBPnil) and Centaur Engineering Limited (net book value GBPnil). See note 11 for further details.

At the year-end 31 December 2018, prior to a full impairment test, an impairment of GBP13.1m was recognised primarily relating to events to be closed and other businesses within Xeim. Subsequently a full impairment test was performed and the following sensitivity analysis was performed on the value-in-use calculations, holding all other variables constant, to:

(i) apply a 10% reduction to forecast adjusted EBITDA in each year of the modelled cash flows. No impairment would occur in any of the segments.

(ii) apply a 2.0% increase in discount rate from 11.3% to 13.3%. No impairment would occur in any of the segments.

(iii) Reduce the terminal value growth rate from 2.5% to 1.5%. No impairment would occur in any of the segments.

In line with IAS 36 a full impairment test will be performed at the year-end 31 December 2019.

9 Other intangible assets

 
                                                  Brands and                               Separately 
                                Computer          publishing            Customer    acquired websites 
                                software             rights*      relationships*         and content*          Total 
 Net book value                     GBPm                GBPm                GBPm                 GBPm           GBPm 
 At 1 January 2019                   6.2                 3.3                 6.0                    -           15.5 
 Additions 
   Separately 
    acquired                         0.3                   -                   -                    -            0.3 
   Internally 
    generated                        0.2                   -                   -                    -            0.2 
 Amortisation for 
  the period                       (1.5)               (0.1)               (1.1)                    -          (2.7) 
 Disposal of 
  subsidiaries (note 
  11)                              (0.1)               (1.8)               (0.5)                    -          (2.4) 
--------------------  ------------------  ------------------  ------------------  -------------------  ------------- 
 At 30 June 2019 
  (unaudited)                        5.1                 1.4                 4.4                    -           10.9 
--------------------  ------------------  ------------------  ------------------  -------------------  ------------- 
 
 
 At 1 January 2018                   6.6                 3.7                 8.2                  0.1           18.6 
 Additions 
   Separately 
    acquired                         0.6                   -                   -                    -            0.6 
   Internally 
    generated                        0.4                   -                   -                    -            0.4 
 Amortisation for 
  the period                       (1.4)               (0.2)               (1.1)                (0.1)          (2.8) 
 At 30 June 2018 
  (unaudited)                        6.2                 3.5                 7.1                    -           16.8 
--------------------  ------------------  ------------------  ------------------  -------------------  ------------- 
 
 

* Amortisation of acquired intangibles is presented as an adjusting item.

10 Trade and other receivables

 
                                             30 June     30 June   31 December 
                                                2019        2018          2018 
                                           Unaudited   Unaudited       Audited 
                                                GBPm        GBPm          GBPm 
 Amounts falling due within one year 
 Trade receivables                               8.8        11.7          10.2 
 Less: expected credit loss                    (1.2)       (1.3)         (1.2) 
--------------------------------------    ----------  ----------  ------------ 
 Trade receivables - net                         7.6        10.4           9.0 
 Other receivables                               2.8         1.0           1.7 
 Prepayments                                     2.2         1.3           1.7 
 Accrued income                                  0.6         0.4           0.5 
--------------------------------------    ----------  ----------  ------------ 
                                                13.2        13.1          12.9 
   -------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ------------ 
 
 

The ageing of trade receivables according to their original due date is detailed below:

 
                    30 June     30 June     30 June     30 June   31 December   31 December 
                       2019        2019        2018        2018          2018          2018 
                      Gross   Provision       Gross   Provision         Gross     Provision 
                  Unaudited   Unaudited   Unaudited   Unaudited       Audited       Audited 
                       GBPm        GBPm        GBPm        GBPm          GBPm          GBPm 
 
 Not due                4.5           -         6.0           -           5.3         (0.1) 
 0-30 days              1.9           -         2.5           -           2.3             - 
 31-60 days             0.6           -         0.9       (0.1)           0.8         (0.1) 
 61-90 days             0.3           -         0.5       (0.1)           0.4             - 
 Over 90 days           1.5       (1.2)         1.8       (1.1)           1.4         (1.0) 
---------------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ------------  ------------ 
                        8.8       (1.2)        11.7       (1.3)          10.2         (1.2) 
 --------------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ------------  ------------ 
 

The movement in the provision for impairment of receivables is detailed below:

 
                                                                             Six months ended 30 June (unaudited) 
                                                                          --------------------------------------- 
                                                                                         2019                2018 
                                                                                         GBPm                GBPm 
 Analysis of charge for the period 
 
 Balance at start of period                                                               1.2                 1.5 
 Utilisation                                                                                -               (0.5) 
 Additional provision charged to the statement of comprehensive income                    0.1                 0.3 
 Disposal of subsidiaries (note 11)                                                     (0.1)                   - 
                                                                          -------------------  ------------------ 
                                                                                          1.2                 1.3 
------------------------------------------------------------------------  -------------------  ------------------ 
 

The Group's policy requires customers to pay in accordance with agreed payment terms, which are generally 30 days from the date of invoice or, in the case of live events related revenue, no less than 30 days before the event. A provision for impairment losses is established when there is objective evidence that the Group will not be able to collect all amounts due in accordance with the original terms of the receivables. Impairment losses are taken through administrative expenses in the statement of comprehensive income.

The Directors consider the carrying value of trade and other receivables approximates to their fair value.

11. Disposal of subsidiaries

In the current year the Group disposed of the following subsidiaries:

- Centaur Financial Platforms Limited ('FIN') on 31 March 2019;

- Centaur Human Resources Limited ('HR') on 30 April 2019;

- Centaur Media Travel and Meetings Limited ('T&M') on 30 April 2019; and

- Centaur Engineering Limited ('ENG') on 31 May 2019.

The results of these subsidiaries have been included in discontinued operations as detailed in note 6.

The disposals were effected in line with the Group's strategy to simplify its structure to improve operational execution and to focus attention on leading brands. All disposals were executed by way of sale of 100% of the equity shares.

The net assets of the subsidiaries at the date of disposal were as follows:

 
                                    FIN                    T&M                      HR                    ENG                Total 
                               31 March               30 April                30 April                 31 May 
                                   2019                   2019                    2019                   2019 
                                   GBPm                   GBPm                    GBPm                   GBPm                 GBPm 
 Goodwill                           4.8                  5.6                         -                      -                 10.4 
 Other 
  intangible 
  assets                            1.1                      -                     1.1                      -                  2.2 
 Inventories                          -                    1.2                     0.1                    0.4                  1.7 
 Trade and 
  other 
  receivables                       1.0                    1.1                     0.4                    0.2                  2.7 
 Intercompany                       1.3                    2.2                     0.6                      -                  4.1 
 Cash and cash 
  equivalents                       0.6                    0.3                     0.4                    0.4                  1.7 
 Trade and 
  other 
  payables                        (0.8)                  (0.6)                   (0.3)                  (0.1)                (1.8) 
 Deferred 
  income                          (1.3)                  (2.9)                   (1.0)                  (1.2)                (6.4) 
Current tax 
 liability                        (0.1)                  (0.3)                       -                      -                (0.4) 
 
Net assets 
 disposed 
 attributable 
 to 
 Shareholders 
 of the 
 Company                            6.6                    6.6                     1.3                  (0.3)                 14.2 
 Directly 
  attributable 
  costs of 
  disposal                          0.6                    0.4                     0.5                    0.4                  1.9 
(Loss) / gain 
 on disposal                      (0.7)                    3.2                     3.9                    1.8                  8.2 
Fair value of 
 consideration                      6.5                   10.2                     5.7                    1.9                 24.3 
 
 Satisfied by: 
 Cash and cash 
  equivalents                       5.2                    8.0                     5.1                    1.9                 20.2 
Settlement of 
 intercompany 
 balances                           1.3                    2.2                     0.6                      -                  4.1 
                                    6.5                   10.2                     5.7                    1.9                 24.3 
 

An amount of GBP0.8m of consideration satisfied by cash and cash equivalents has not yet been settled and has been recognised in 'Other receivables', please refer to note 10. It is expected to be settled wholly in cash in the second half of the current year.

 
                                                           FIN       T&M        HR     ENG  Total 
                                                      31 March  30 April  30 April  31 May 
                                                          2019      2019      2019    2019 
                                                          GBPm      GBPm      GBPm    GBPm   GBPm 
Net cash flow arising on disposal: 
Consideration received in cash and cash equivalents        5.2       7.2       5.1     1.9   19.4 
Less: 
Directly attributable costs of disposal                  (0.4)     (0.5)     (0.4)   (0.4)  (1.7) 
Cash and cash equivalents disposed of                    (0.6)     (0.3)     (0.4)   (0.4)  (1.7) 
                                                           4.2       6.4       4.3     1.1   16.0 
 

In addition to the above named subsidiaries, the Group also disposed of its Venture Business Research Limited ('VBR') subsidiary on 13 May 2019 to an employee of VBR for GBP1 settled by cash and GBP31k settlement of intercompany balances. Net assets of GBP0.3m, consisting of other intangible assets of GBP0.2m and a deferred tax asset of GBP0.1m were disposed of, resulting in a loss on disposal of GBP(0.3m).

The results of VBR have not been included in discontinued operations in note 6 as it does not represent a separate major line of business. The results of VBR have been included in continuing operations.

12. Leases

This note explains the impact of the adoption of IFRS 16 Leases on the Group's financial statements and discloses the new accounting policies that have been applied from 1 January 2019.

The Group has adopted IFRS 16 retrospectively from 1 January 2019 but has not restated comparatives for the 2018 reporting period, as permitted under the specific transitional provisions in the standard. The reclassifications and the adjustments arising from the new leasing rules are therefore recognised in the opening balance sheet on 1 January 2019.

(a) Adjustments recognised on adoption of IFRS 16

On adoption of IFRS 16, the Group recognised lease liabilities in relation to leases which had previously been classified as 'operating leases' under the principles of IAS 17 Leases. These liabilities were measured at the present value of the remaining lease payments, discounted using the incremental borrowing rate as of 1 January 2019. The weighted average lessee's incremental borrowing rate applied to the lease liabilities on 1 January 2019 was 3.8%.

The Group did not have any material leases previously classed as finance leases.

 
                                                                                               30 June 2019 
                                                                                                   GBPm 
Operating lease commitments disclosed as at 31 December 2018                                            7.3 
Less operating lease commitments related to contracts with future commencement dates                  (3.4) 
Operating lease commitments transitioning to IFRS 16 as at 1 January 2019                               3.9 
 
Discounted using the lessee's incremental borrowing rate at the date of initial application: 
Lease liability recognised as at 1 January 2019                                                         3.3 
 
 
Current        2.3 
Non-current    1.0 
Total          3.3 
 

GBP3.4m of operating lease commitments relating to a contract with a commencement date of 1 October 2019 were disclosed as at 31 December 2018. Under IFRS 16, the finance lease liability and corresponding right-of-use asset relating to this contract will be recognised as at 1 October 2019. The commitments discounted at the incremental borrowing rate will give rise to a finance lease liability of GBP3.2m at 1 October 2019.

The recognised right-of-use assets were measured at the amount equal to the lease liability at 1 January 2019:

 
             GBPm 
Properties    3.3 
 

The change in accounting policy did not affect any other items on the consolidated statement of financial position on 1 January 2019.

The Group derives income from sub-leasing. This has not been included in the value of the right-of-use asset in accordance with the short-term lease practical expedient permitted by IFRS 16. The rental income generated in the period of GBP0.4m is presented in the consolidated statement of comprehensive income in 'other operating income' and is recognised on a straight-line basis.

(b) As at 30 June 2019

The finance lease liability and right-of-use assets present in the consolidated statement of financial position as at 30 June 2019 were as follows:

Right-of-use assets

 
Cost                                             GBPm 
Recognised on adoption of IFRS 16 at 1 January 
 2019                                             3.3 
As at 30 June 2019                                3.3 
 
Accumulated depreciation 
Charge for the period                             0.9 
As at 30 June 2019                                0.9 
 
Net book value 
Recognised on adoption of IFRS 16                 3.3 
As at 30 Jun 2019                                 2.4 
 

Lease liability

 
Cost                                              GBPm 
Recognised on adoption of IFRS 16 at 1 January 
 2019                                              3.3 
Interest expense                                     - 
Cash outflow                                     (1.2) 
As at 30 June 2019                                 2.1 
 
Current                                            1.2 
Non-current                                        0.9 
As at 30 June 2019                                 2.1 
 
   (c)   The Group's leasing activities and how these are accounted for 

The Group leases three office spaces. Prior to the adoption of IFRS 16 these leases were classified as operating leases. Payments made under operating leases (net of any incentives received from the lessor) were charged to the profit or loss on a straight-line basis over the period of lease.

From 1 January 2019 relevant leases (i.e. excluding those to which a practical expedient has been applied) are recognised as a right-of-use asset and a corresponding liability at the date at which the leased asset is available for use by the Group.

Each lease payment is allocated between the liability and finance cost. The finance cost is charged to profit or loss over the lease period so as to produce a constant periodic rate of interest on the remaining balance of the liability for each period. The right-of-use asset is depreciated over the shorter of the asset's useful life and the lease term on a straight-line basis.

Assets and liabilities arising from a lease are initially measured on a present value basis. Lease liabilities include the net present value of future lease payments discounted using the interest rate implicit in the lease. If that rate cannot be determined, the lessee's incremental borrowing rate is used, being the rate that the lessee would have to pay to borrow the funds necessary to obtain an asset of similar value in a similar economic environment with similar terms and conditions.

13 Provisions

 
                                Deferred 
                           consideration  Other  Total 
                                    GBPm   GBPm   GBPm 
 
At 1 January 2019                    0.1    0.1    0.2 
Utilised in the period             (0.1)      -  (0.1) 
At 30 June 2019                        -    0.1    0.1 
 
 
Current       -  -    - 
Non-current   -0.1  0.1 
Total         -0.1  0.1 
 
 
                                Deferred 
                           consideration  Other  Total 
                                    GBPm   GBPm   GBPm 
 
At 1 January 2018                    1.8    0.1    1.9 
Acquisition related                  0.1      -    0.1 
Utilised in the period             (1.8)      -  (1.8) 
At 30 June 2018                      0.1    0.1    0.2 
 
 
Current       0.1    -  0.1 
Non-current     -  0.1  0.1 
Total         0.1  0.1  0.2 
 

Deferred consideration

Deferred consideration at 1 January 2019 of GBP0.1m was payable on completion of the MarketMakers Incorporated Limited tax return for the year ended 31 December 2017, subject to any claims made under the purchase agreement. This was settled during the period.

Deferred consideration at 1 January 2018 related to the acquisition of MarketMakers Incorporated Limited ('MarketMakers') as disclosed in note 14 on pages 96-97 in the Group Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2017.

This consisted of GBP1.7m of contingent consideration and GBP0.1m payable on completion of the Company's tax return which was settled in the current period.

The contingent consideration of GBP1.7m was payable in the event certain pre-determined EBITDA levels were achieved by MarketMakers for the year end 31 December 2017. An additional provision of GBP0.1m was made on finalisation of the deferred contingent consideration and the total balance was settled by a cash payment of GBP1.8m during the first half of the prior year.

Other

Other provisions relate to a dilapidation provision which was acquired on the acquisition of MarketMakers in relation to the building leased by the company in Portsmouth. The lease expires in December 2022 and therefore the provision is classified as a non-current liability.

14 Dividends

 
                                                             Six months ended 30 June (unaudited) 
                                                                         2019                2018 
                                                                         GBPm                GBPm 
Equity dividends 
Final dividend for 2017: 1.5p per 10p ordinary share                        -                 2.2 
Final dividend for 2018: 1.5p per 10p ordinary share                      2.1                   - 
                                                                          2.1                 2.2 
 

A dividend for the six months ended 30 June 2019 of GBP5.0m (3.5p per ordinary share) is proposed by the Directors, comprised of an ordinary dividend of GBP2.1m (1.5p per share) and a special dividend of GBP2.9m (2.0p per share). This will be paid on 25 October 2019 to all shareholders on the register as at 11 October 2019.

15 Cash flow generated from operating activities

 
                                                              Six months ended 30 June (unaudited) 
                                                                          2019                2018 
                                                                          GBPm                GBPm 
 
Profit for the period                                                      6.0                 0.5 
Adjustments for: 
  Tax                                                                      0.2                 0.2 
  Depreciation of property, plant and equipment                            1.4                 0.4 
  Amortisation of intangible assets (note 9)                               2.7                 2.8 
  Interest expense                                                         0.1                 0.1 
  Share-based payments                                                     0.4                 0.4 
  Loss on disposal of subsidiary                                           0.3                   - 
  Gain on disposal of subsidiaries (note 11)                             (8.2)                 0.1 
  Unrealised foreign exchange differences                                    -                 0.1 
 
Changes in working capital: 
  (Increase) / Decrease in inventories                                   (0.5)                 0.9 
  (Increase) in trade and other receivables (note 10)                    (2.4)               (1.7) 
  Increase in trade and other payables                                     1.1                 2.9 
  Increase / (Decrease) in deferred income                                 2.0               (3.3) 
Cash generated from operating activities                                   3.1                 3.4 
 

16 Related party transactions

Transactions between Group Companies, which are related parties, have been eliminated on consolidation and therefore do not require disclosure. The Group has not entered into any other related party transactions in the period which require disclosure in this interim statement.

17 Post balance sheet event

No material events have occurred after the reporting date.

This information is provided by RNS, the news service of the London Stock Exchange. RNS is approved by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a Primary Information Provider in the United Kingdom. Terms and conditions relating to the use and distribution of this information may apply. For further information, please contact rns@lseg.com or visit www.rns.com.

END

IR KMGZLGDFGLZZ

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

September 25, 2019 02:01 ET (06:01 GMT)

1 Year Centaur Media Chart

1 Year Centaur Media Chart

1 Month Centaur Media Chart

1 Month Centaur Media Chart
Your Recent History
NEX
CAU.GB
Centaur Me..
Register now to watch these stocks streaming on the ADVFN Monitor.

Monitor lets you view up to 110 of your favourite stocks at once and is completely free to use.

By accessing the services available at ADVFN you are agreeing to be bound by ADVFN's Terms & Conditions

P: V:gb D:20191118 17:37:41