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Actual Experience PLC Interim Results

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Actual Experience PLC

01 June 2021

1 June 2021

Actual Experience plc

(the "Company" or "Actual Experience" or "Actual")

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM RESULTS

for the six months ended 31 March 2021

Actual Experience plc (AIM: ACT), the analytics-as-a-service company, is pleased to announce its unaudited consolidated interim results for the six months ended 31 March 2021.

Highlights

   --     Revenue of GBP889,467 (H1 FY20: GBP971,516) 
   --     Gross profit of GBP446,902 (H1 FY20: GBP507,099) 
   --     Operating loss before exceptional item of GBP2,185,439 (H1 FY20: GBP2,620,436) 
   --     Loss per share of 4.29p (H1 FY20: loss per share of 6.06p) 
   --     Equity placing in January 2021 raised gross proceeds of GBP10 million 

-- Cash and cash equivalents at 31 March 2021 of GBP10,064,778 (30 September 2020: GBP2,754,274)

-- Successfully completed a large-scale Business Impact Assessment ("BIA") project with a leading global energy supplier and in negotiations to establish a longer-term relationship

-- Currently in advanced discussions with a global FMCG organisation with regard to an initial BIA project

-- Commenced direct sales and marketing activities to complement existing Channel Partner sales approach

Dave Page, CEO of Actual Experience plc, said: " We are pleased with the increasing level of interest in our services, and the success of our recent equity placing gives us the resources to respond to this significant opportunity. In particular, I am excited by the progress of our newly established direct sales team and the promising opportunities that are emerging. This team complements our existing Channel Partner strategy and I look forward to being able to share further details of this initiative in the coming months. We are seeing increased focus and progress from our Channel Partners with regard to sales execution, and this represents significant validation that they and their enterprise customers understand the value of our service offering.

The continuing improvement in customer and Partner engagement evidences the value of our dataset to businesses as they focus on new ways of working, and helps enterprises improve their efficiency as well as driving their Environmental, Social, Governance, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion ambitions. As the global economy becomes ever more reliant on digital technology and more flexible workplaces, the need for our services is greater than ever. "

Enquiries:

 
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About Actual Experience

Actual Experience's goal is to significantly improve the performance of the digital world.

The Company enables its customers to optimise their digital ecosystems to increase productivity and enhance brand experiences through Human Experience Management.

Developed from 10 years of academic research and using patented technology, the Company's Human Experience Management Services analyse the human experience of digital services. The Company's service provides organisations with actionable information whereby changes to their systems can be made to optimise and improve digital experience for customers and employees. For any organisation, this means that their most valuable assets - their employees - are liberated from digital slow time, their online brand reputation can be protected and they can make informed system investment decisions. As the global economy becomes ever more reliant on digital technology and more flexible workplaces, the need for the Company's services is greater than ever.

Actual Experience is listed on the London Stock Exchange (AIM: ACT). Our corporate headquarters is in Bath, UK. Actual Experience's unique and patented digital analytics-as-a-service is founded on cutting-edge research at Queen Mary University of London.

For further information please visit www.actual-experience.com

COVID-19

More than a year on from its start, companies all around the world continue to be impacted by the unprecedented effects of COVID-19. Actual Experience, though not immune to the impact, has weathered the pandemic well, largely due to our successful business continuity plan, and as the easing of nationwide lockdown has begun, the wellbeing and safety of our people, Channel Partners and their customers remains a top priority of the Company. Our office remains closed and all employees are working from home with no impact or disruption to business operations. We have been able to continue supporting our Partners and their enterprise customers while maintaining efficient service levels.

BUSINESS REVIEW

Following our successful equity placing in January, we completed a thorough strategic review of business operations and the decisions arising from this are now being implemented. In particular, we are developing a direct sales and marketing capability. This initiative complements our Partner programme and will enable us to generate further demand for our services with enterprise customers. We have reviewed the lists of the best sales prospects with our most active Channel Partners and have agreed a refreshed process for securing contracts with those customers. We expect that sales generated directly will be serviced by our Channel Partners .

We have now successfully completed the first large scale Business Impact Assessment ("BIA") engagement with a customer of one of our Channel Partners, a large energy company. Actual Experience's software was used to analyse the digital experience of thousands of home and office-based employees. The company and our partner are both delighted with the results of the project and discussions are currently underway to put in place a longer-term relationship. It represents a significant milestone for the Company, confirming the emerging opportunity for the BIA offering to meet the needs of our Channel Partners and their large enterprise customers as they address the continuing challenges of COVID-19-related changes and newly established ways of working across the world. In addition, we are currently in advanced discussions with a global FMCG organisation; this is the first large-scale BIA opportunity generated by our direct sales efforts.

As noted in the Financial Review, revenues decreased in the first half of the year by 8.5% from the corresponding period in the prior year. Half of this reduction is due to the decrease in the sterling value of sales in U.S. dollars and the balance arises from the cancellation of small legacy contracts.

Following the successful equity placing in January 2021, it is expected that administrative costs will increase in the second half of the current fiscal year as key hires are recruited, particularly in the Company's customer facing teams. The Company has already recruited additional direct sales executives in response to the expanding pipeline of sales prospects, as well as commencing demand generating marketing programmes.

Board Changes

In April 2021, we announced that Stephen Davidson has informed the Board of his intention to retire from his role as Chairman by the time of the 2022 AGM, in what will be his ninth year with the Company. The Board has begun the process to identify his replacement.

Market

The global digital economy is currently seen as accounting for about a third of the total world economy, and we believe that digital activities will continue to grow as businesses strive to further refine and enhance their value propositions to their customers.

Our Analytics-as-a-Service (AaaS) gives our customers insight into impact that the digital workplace is having on employees and business efficiency. With zero employee interaction, our analytics establish a highly actionable, scientific and quantified dataset for leaders responsible for delivering the business objectives for new ways of working.

We now have a number of large Channel Partners building our analytics into their processes in a way that will enable us to continue to scale and reach further into the global digital economy.

The market opportunity for Actual Experience remains large and is rapidly growing, driven by heavy reliance on the digital workplace and the shift towards remote and hybrid working models. As the pandemic has progressed and the timescale of remote working prolonged, we observe that the Boards of large corporations require broader data sets to provide clearer insight on their employees' wellbeing, with duty of care an increasingly important consideration. Our analytics can provide this on both an aggregated and individual basis. Even with a return to office working or a more flexible, hybrid model, we believe that this duty of care will remain firmly on the corporate agenda.

Strategy

Over the past year, the Company has completed its pivot from managed services to professional services and our primary focus is to deliver a successful PS consulting led offering to our customers. Our aim is to continue to harness and execute on the momentum we have seen within our Channel Partners and the funnel that they have developed.

In order to ensure future growth in our pipeline of opportunities we will continue to develop a direct sales capability. This initiative is progressing well and we are pleased, in particular, with the success achieved with a global FMCG on our second large-scale BIA project.

Product development

Over the next year, we will continue to invest in the development of our technology to ensure our product is made even more user friendly for our Channel Partners and their customers. This will result in a significant reduction in the skill and knowledge required by our Channel Partners and will deliver value to their customers more quickly. We have reviewed the proposals for further development work on our product to ensure that we continue to undertake only work that is expected to increase our revenue potential in the near future.

We have made further improvements in the reporting of analysis of users' human experience, including better user interfaces. A key element of this is the automation of the report generation for PS engagements. The objective for this shift is to reduce our Partners' reliance upon us to generate the reports and give our Partners the ability to generate and execute the reports with ease.

In addition, we will use part of the proceeds of the equity placing to efficiently and effectively scale our data centres to cope with the anticipated increase in the number and size of customer deployments.

Sales & Marketing

As highlighted at the time of the equity placing, a significant portion of the funds raised is being used to invest further in our sales and marketing programmes, particularly as we look to increase the level of direct customer engagements alongside our channel partner approach. Early indications are that these direct sales and marketing efforts will bear fruit. The Board is firmly of the belief that further digitisation, the current working environment, and the increasing recognition of the importance of employee wellbeing create the ideal opportunity for our services.

Outlook

The market opportunity for Actual Experience continues to grow as almost all businesses seek to develop and prioritise their digital workplace as part of their post-pandemic 'new ways of working' strategy. The dataset provided by our product is used to improve the digital workplace and create a uniformly high standard of service for all employees. This will in turn improve business efficiency, support commercial growth, and facilitate the reduction of business travel and the associated level of carbon emissions.

Since the start of the calendar year, direct sales and marketing activities have already created significant new opportunities with a number of well-known global blue-chip organisations, and there is clear promise of more to come.

The Company now has a solid operational basis for business acceleration based on validation of the first BIA projects, improving Channel Partner sales execution, and our new direct sales and marketing capability. The progress we have seen since launching our professional service offering confirms that our customers understand the value delivered by our offering.

The Board would like to thank all of our staff for the professionalism and dedication that they have shown throughout this difficult period and their unswerving attention to supporting our Partners to help them navigate the challenges presented.

FINANCIAL REVIEW

Consolidated Income Statement

Total revenue for the six months to 31 March 2021 was GBP889,467, a decrease on the prior year of 8.5% (H1 FY20: GBP971,516); at constant GBP to US $ exchange rates, the decrease was 4.3%. This adjusted decrease reflects the cancellation of small legacy accounts. The Company continued to focus on indirect sales with its partners during the period, with revenues from Channel Partners accounting for 97.9% of sales (H1 FY20: 99.5%).

A gross profit of GBP446,902 was achieved in the period, compared to the gross profit of GBP507,099 in the corresponding period in 2020. The gross margin for the six months was 50.2%, a decrease of 2.0% on the prior period (H1 FY20: 52.2%); at constant exchange rates, the gross margin for both periods would have been broadly similar.

Administrative costs amounted to GBP2,632,341, compared to GBP3,127,535 in the six months to 31 March 2020. This reduction resulted from the decrease in headcount following the restructuring of operations in February 2020. Following the recent equity placing, it is expected that administrative costs will increase in the second half of the current fiscal year as key hires are recruited, in particular in the Company's customer facing teams.

The functional cost breakdown is as follows:

 
                               Six months   Six months            Year 
                                    ended        ended           ended 
                                 31 March     31 March    30 September 
                                     2021         2020            2020 
                                      GBP          GBP             GBP 
----------------------------  -----------  -----------  -------------- 
 Research and development       1,018,316    1,082,459       1,960,213 
 Operational support              489,335      577,721       1,055,113 
 Sales and marketing              564,187      948,945       1,512,709 
 Finance and administration       535,780      514,376       1,045,116 
 Foreign exchange losses           24,723        4,034          27,458 
----------------------------  -----------  -----------  -------------- 
 Total                          2,632,341    3,127,535       5,600,609 
----------------------------  -----------  -----------  -------------- 
 

As disclosed in the notes to the Company's 2020 Financial Statements, and in accordance with the requirements of IAS 38, qualifying development expenditure is capitalised and amortised over the estimated useful life of the developed assets. Total expenditure on research and development in the six months to 31 March 2021, prior to IAS 38 adjustments, was GBP861,558 (H1 FY20: GBP1,264,860).

Development expenditure and the related IAS 38 capitalisation and amortisation charges are as follows:

 
                               Six months   Six months            Year 
                                    ended        ended           ended 
                                 31 March     31 March    30 September 
                                     2021         2020            2020 
                                      GBP          GBP             GBP 
----------------------------  -----------  -----------  -------------- 
 R&D expenditure pre-IAS 38 
  adjustment                      861,558    1,264,860       2,140,529 
----------------------------  -----------  -----------  -------------- 
 
 Capitalised costs              (391,444)    (584,566)     (1,132,440) 
 Amortisation                     548,202      402,165         952,124 
----------------------------  -----------  -----------  -------------- 
 Net IAS 38 adjustment            156,758    (182,401)       (180,316) 
 
 R&D expenditure post-IAS 
  38 adjustment                 1,018,316    1,082,459       1,960,213 
----------------------------  -----------  -----------  -------------- 
 

The Company continues to benefit from the tax relief given in the UK on qualifying development expenditure. This research and development tax credit is estimated at GBP46,781 for the period (H1 FY20: GBP154,314) and substantially accounts for the tax credit in the Consolidated Income Statement.

The Group recorded an operating loss in the period of GBP2,185,439 (H1 FY20: loss of GBP3,031,961) and a loss per share of 4.29p (H1 FY20: loss per share of 6.06p). A summary of the Group's results is set out below

 
                              Six months    Six months            Year 
                                   ended         ended           ended 
                                31 March      31 March    30 September 
                                    2021          2020            2020 
                                     GBP           GBP             GBP 
--------------------------  ------------  ------------  -------------- 
 Revenue                         889,467       971,516       1,960,933 
--------------------------  ------------  ------------  -------------- 
 Gross profit                    446,902       507,099       1,020,400 
--------------------------  ------------  ------------  -------------- 
 Operating loss              (2,185,439)   (3,031,961)     (4,991,734) 
 Loss for the period/year    (2,150,074)   (2,868,224)     (4,681,488) 
--------------------------  ------------  ------------  -------------- 
 

Balance sheet

The Group has a debt free balance sheet. Cash and cash equivalents increased during the period, from GBP2,754,274 at 30 September 2020 to GBP10,064,778 at 31 March 2021. This increase arose from the GBP9,441,951 net proceeds of the January 2021 equity placing, partially offset by the loss incurred during the period. Free cash flow for the period was GBP(2,056,338) (H1 FY20: GBP(3,425,490)). Free cash flow is defined as net cash flows used in operating activities, plus development of intangible assets, plus purchase of property, plant and equipment.

Trade and other receivables of GBP986,669 at 31 March 2021 (31 March 2020: GBP672,148) comprise trade debtors of GBP716,313, prepayments of GBP150,927 and other debtors of GBP119,429.

The increase in trade and other payables to GBP705,518, from GBP464,314 as of 31 March 2020, reflects the higher level of deferred revenue of GBP321,427 (31 March 2020: GBP31,050) arising from orders received in the period that have yet to be recognised as revenue.

Cash flow statement

The movement in cash and cash equivalents during the period was:

 
                                          Six months    Six months           Year 
                                               ended         ended          Ended 
                                            31 March      31 March   30 September 
                                                2021          2020           2020 
                                                 GBP           GBP            GBP 
--------------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ------------- 
 Net cash used in operating 
  activities                             (1,661,947)   (2,826,438)    (3,856,067) 
 Net cash used in investing 
  activities                               (394,088)     (585,472)    (1,134,343) 
 Net cash generated from/(used 
  in) financing activities                 9,372,616      (70,157)      (128,605) 
 Effect of exchange rate fluctuations        (6,077)         (462)        (3,345) 
 Movement during the period/year           7,310,504   (3,482,529)    (5,122,360) 
--------------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ------------- 
 

Actual Experience plc

Consolidated income statement and statement of comprehensive income

For the six months ended 31 March 2021

 
                                                 Unaudited     Unaudited        Audited 
                                                Six months    Six months           Year 
                                                     ended         ended          ended 
                                                  31 March      31 March   30 September 
                                                      2021          2020           2020 
                                                       GBP           GBP            GBP 
--------------------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ------------- 
 Revenue                                           889,467       971,516      1,960,933 
 Cost of sales                                   (442,565)     (464,417)      (940,533) 
--------------------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ------------- 
 Gross profit                                      446,902       507,099      1,020,400 
 Administrative expenses                       (2,632,341)   (3,127,535)    (5,600,609) 
 Operating loss before exceptional 
  item                                         (2,185,439)   (2,620,436)    (4,580,209) 
 
 Exceptional item: redundancy expense                    -     (411,525)      (411,525) 
 Operating loss after exceptional 
  item                                         (2,185,439)   (3,031,961)    (4,991,734) 
 
 Finance income                                        303        13,580         13,933 
 Finance expense                                  (14,010)      (15,948)       (31,140) 
 Finance expense - net                            (13,707)       (2,368)       (17,207) 
 
 Loss before tax                               (2,199,146)   (3,034,329)    (5,008,941) 
 Tax                                                49,072       166,105        327,453 
--------------------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ------------- 
 Loss for the period/year                      (2,150,074)   (2,868,224)    (4,681,488) 
--------------------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ------------- 
 
 Other comprehensive income: 
 Items that are or may be reclassified 
  to profit or loss: 
 Foreign currency difference on translation 
  of overseas operations                          (18,283)       (8,714)       (15,350) 
--------------------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ------------- 
 Total comprehensive loss for the 
  period/year                                  (2,168,357)   (2,876,938)    (4,696,838) 
--------------------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ------------- 
 
 Loss per ordinary share 
 Basic and diluted                                 (4.29)p       (6.06)p        (9.87)p 
 

Actual Experience plc

Consolidated statement of financial position

As at 31 March 2021

 
                                     Unaudited      Unaudited           Audited 
                                   At 31 March    At 31 March   At 30 September 
                                          2021           2020              2020 
                                           GBP            GBP               GBP 
-------------------------------  -------------  -------------  ---------------- 
 Non-current assets 
 Property, plant and equipment          29,423         98,474            58,997 
 Right-of-use assets                   726,710        838,502           782,606 
 Intangible assets                   1,816,023      1,974,866         1,972,781 
-------------------------------  -------------  -------------  ---------------- 
 Total non-current assets            2,572,156      2,911,842         2,814,384 
 
 Current assets 
 Trade and other receivables           986,669        672,148           690,514 
 Income tax receivable                 342,331        451,180           295,550 
 Cash and cash equivalents          10,064,778      4,394,105         2,754,274 
-------------------------------  -------------  -------------  ---------------- 
 Total current assets               11,393,778      5,517,433         3,740,338 
 
 Total assets                       13,965,934      8,429,275         6,554,722 
-------------------------------  -------------  -------------  ---------------- 
 
 Non-current liabilities 
 Deferred tax                          (4,770)       (11,263)           (7,079) 
 Lease liabilities                   (662,915)      (776,173)         (719,177) 
 Total non-current liabilities       (667,685)      (787,436)         (726,256) 
 
 Current liabilities 
 Trade and other payables            (705,518)      (464,314)         (519,393) 
 Lease liabilities                   (113,259)      (109,429)         (112,302) 
 Total current liabilities           (818,777)      (573,743)         (631,695) 
-------------------------------  -------------  -------------  ---------------- 
 
 Total liabilities                 (1,486,462)    (1,361,179)       (1,357,951) 
 
 Net assets                         12,479,472      7,068,096         5,196,771 
-------------------------------  -------------  -------------  ---------------- 
 
 Equity 
 Share capital                         114,388         95,066            95,284 
 Share premium                      44,191,196     34,751,001        34,768,349 
 Accumulated losses               (31,826,112)   (27,777,971)      (29,666,862) 
-------------------------------  -------------  -------------  ---------------- 
 Total equity                       12,479,472      7,068,096         5,196,771 
-------------------------------  -------------  -------------  ---------------- 
 

Actual Experience plc

Consolidated statement of changes in equity

For the six months ended 31 March 2021

 
                                        Share        Share    Accumulated         Total 
                                      capital      premium         losses        equity 
                                          GBP          GBP            GBP           GBP 
----------------------------------  ---------  -----------  -------------  ------------ 
 Unaudited 
 As at 30 September 2019               94,249   34,706,402   (24,795,182)    10,005,469 
 
 Loss for the period                        -            -    (2,868,224)   (2,868,224) 
 Other comprehensive income for 
  the period                                -            -        (8,714)       (8,714) 
----------------------------------  ---------  -----------  -------------  ------------ 
 Total comprehensive loss for the 
  period                                    -            -    (2,876,938)   (2,876,938) 
 
 Issue of shares                          817       44,599              -        45,416 
 Share-based payment expense                -            -      (105,851)     (105,851) 
----------------------------------  ---------  -----------  -------------  ------------ 
 As at 31 March 2020                   95,066   34,751,001   (27,777,971)     7,068,096 
----------------------------------  ---------  -----------  -------------  ------------ 
 
 Audited 
 As at 30 September 2019               94,249   34,706,402   (24,795,182)    10,005,469 
 
 Loss for the year                          -            -    (4,681,488)   (4,681,488) 
 Other comprehensive income for 
  the year                                  -            -       (15,350)      (15,350) 
----------------------------------  ---------  -----------  -------------  ------------ 
 Total comprehensive loss for the 
  year                                      -            -    (4,696,838)   (4,696,838) 
 
 Issue of shares                        1,035       61,947              -        62,982 
 Share-based payment expense                -            -      (174,842)     (174,842) 
----------------------------------  ---------  -----------  -------------  ------------ 
 At 30 September 2020                  95,284   34,768,349   (29,666,862)     5,196,771 
----------------------------------  ---------  -----------  -------------  ------------ 
 
 Unaudited 
 As at 1 October 2020                  95,284   34,768,349   (29,666,862)     5,196,771 
 Loss for the period                        -            -    (2,150,074)   (2,150,074) 
 Other comprehensive income for 
  the period                                -            -       (18,283)      (18,283) 
----------------------------------  ---------  -----------  -------------  ------------ 
 Total comprehensive loss for the 
  period                                    -            -    (2,168,357)   (2,168,357) 
 
 Issue of shares                       19,104    9,422,847              -     9,441,951 
 Share-based payment expense                -            -          9,107         9,107 
----------------------------------  ---------  -----------  -------------  ------------ 
 At 31 March 2021                     114,388   44,191,196   (31,826,112)    12,479,472 
----------------------------------  ---------  -----------  -------------  ------------ 
 

Actual Experience plc

Consolidated statement of cash flows

for the six months ended 31 March 2021

 
                                                  Unaudited     Unaudited        Audited 
                                                 Six months    Six months           Year 
                                                      ended         ended          ended 
                                                   31 March      31 March   30 September 
                                                       2021          2020           2020 
                                                        GBP           GBP            GBP 
---------------------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ------------- 
 Cash flows from operating activities 
 Loss before tax                                (2,199,146)   (3,034,329)    (5,008,941) 
 Adjustment for non-cash items: 
 Depreciation of property, plant and 
  equipment                                          32,519        56,819         97,458 
 Depreciation of right-of-use assets                 55,896        55,894        111,788 
 Amortisation of intangible assets                  548,202       402,165        952,124 
 Loss on disposal of property, plant 
  and equipment                                           -             -            181 
 Non-cash employee benefit expense - 
  Share-based payments                                9,107     (105,851)      (174,842) 
 Finance income - net                                13,707         2,368         17,207 
 Operating cash outflow before changes 
  in working capital                            (1,539,715)   (2,622,934)    (4,005,025) 
 Movement in trade and other receivables          (311,968)        19,129        (4,968) 
 Movement in trade and other payables               189,754     (231,370)      (167,605) 
---------------------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ------------- 
 Cash outflow from operations                   (1,661,929)   (2,835,175)    (4,177,598) 
 Income tax received                                   (18)         8,737        321,531 
 Net cash flows used in operating activities    (1,661,947)   (2,826,438)    (3,856,067) 
 
 Cash flow from investing activities 
 Development of intangible assets                 (391,444)     (584,566)    (1,132,440) 
 Purchase of property, plant and equipment          (2,947)      (14,486)       (15,836) 
 Finance income                                         303        13,580         13,933 
 Net cash outflow from investing activities       (394,088)     (585,472)    (1,134,343) 
 
 Cash flow from financing activities 
 Proceeds from issue of share capital, 
  net of costs                                    9,441,951        45,416         62,982 
 Principal element of lease payments               (69,315)     (103,973)      (173,288) 
 Inflow/outflow to Employee Benefit Trust              (20)      (11,600)       (18,299) 
---------------------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ------------- 
 Net cash inflow/(outflow) from financing 
  activities                                      9,372,616      (70,157)      (128,605) 
 
 Increase/(decrease) in cash and cash 
  equivalents                                     7,316,581   (3,482,067)    (5,119,015) 
 Effect of exchange rate fluctuations 
  on cash held                                      (6,077)         (462)        (3,345) 
---------------------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ------------- 
 Cash and cash equivalents at start of 
  year / period                                   2,754,274     7,876,634      7,876,634 
---------------------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ------------- 
 Cash and cash equivalents at end of 
  year / period                                  10,064,778     4,394,105      2,754,274 
---------------------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ------------- 
 

Notes to the consolidated interim report

For the six months ended 31 March 2021

   1          General information 

Actual Experience plc (the "Company") is a public limited company domiciled in the UK and incorporated in England and Wales (registered number 06838738) and its registered office is Quay House, The Ambury, Bath, BA1 1UA.

The principal activity of Actual Experience plc ("the Company") and its subsidiary company Actual Experience Inc (together "Actual Experience" or "the Group") is the provision of digital experience quality analytics services and associated consultancy services.

The interim condensed consolidated financial statements were approved for issue on 28 May 2021.

   2          Basis of preparation 

This unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial information has been prepared under the historical cost convention and in accordance with AIM Rules for Companies. The interim condensed consolidated financial information has been prepared on a going concern basis and is presented in Sterling to the nearest GBP1.

The accounting policies used in the preparation of the interim condensed consolidated financial information are consistent with those set out in the 2020 Annual Report and Accounts. Further IFRS standards or interpretations may be issued that could apply to the Group's financial statements for the year ending 30 September 2021. If any such new standards or interpretations are issued, these may require the financial information provided in this report to be changed. The Group will continue to review its accounting policies in the light of emerging industry consensus on the practical application of IFRS.

The preparation of financial information in accordance with international accounting standards in conformity with the requirements of the Companies Act 2006 ('IFRS') requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities at the date of the financial information and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Although these estimates are based on management's best knowledge of the events or actions involved, actual outturns ultimately may differ from those estimates. The interim information does not include all financial risk management information and disclosures required in annual financial statements; the information should be read in conjunction with the financial information, as at 30 September 2020, summarised in the 2020 Annual Report and Accounts. There have been no significant changes in any risk management policies since 30 September 2020.

The interim condensed consolidated financial information for the six months ended 31 March 2021 and for the six months ended 31 March 2020 do not constitute statutory accounts as defined in Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006 and are unaudited. The financial information for the six months ended 31 March 2021 presents financial information for the consolidated group, including the financial results of the Company's wholly owned US subsidiary, Actual Experience Inc. Comparative figures in the Interim Report for the year ending 30 September 2020 have been taken from the Group's audited financial statements on which the Group's auditors, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, expressed an unqualified opinion.

   3          Segmental reporting 

The Directors consider that there is one identifiable business segment that is engaged in providing individual products or services or a group of related products and services that comprise the core business.

The information reported to the Chief Executive Officer, who is considered to be the Chief Operating Decision Maker ("CODM"), for the purposes of resource allocation and assessment of performance is based wholly on the overall activities of the Group. Due to the current size and activities of the Group there is a high degree of centralisation of activities. The Directors therefore consider that there is one operating, and hence one reportable, segment for the purposes of presenting information under IFRS 8; that of "Digital experience quality analytics services and associated consultancy services". There are no differences between the segment results and the condensed statement of comprehensive income. The assets and liabilities information presented to the CODM is consistent with the Statement of Financial Position. All of the Group's assets and operations are located in the UK and the USA.

   4          Tax 

Tax on loss on ordinary activities

 
                                 Six months   Six months           Year 
                                      ended        ended          ended 
                                   31 March     31 March   30 September 
                                       2021         2020           2020 
 Current tax: 
 UK Corporation tax on losses 
  of the period/year               (46,781)    (154,314)      (295,550) 
 Overseas taxes                          18      (8,737)       (24,665) 
 
 Deferred tax: 
 Origination and reversal of 
  timing differences                (2,309)      (3,054)        (7,238) 
 Total tax credit                  (49,072)    (166,105)      (327,453) 
------------------------------  -----------  -----------  ------------- 
 
   5          Loss per share 

The calculation of basic and diluted loss per share for the six months to 31 March 2021 was based upon the loss attributable to ordinary shareholders of GBP2,150,074 (six months to 31 March 2020: GBP2,868,224, year ended 30 September 2020: GBP4,681,488) and a weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue of 50,058,854 (six months to 31 March 2020: 47,318,661, year ended 30 September 2020: 47,452,334), calculated as follows:

Weighted average number of ordinary shares

In thousands of shares

 
                                      Six months   Six months           Year 
                                           ended        ended          ended 
                                        31 March     31 March   30 September 
                                            2021         2020           2020 
 Issued ordinary shares at start 
  of period/year                      47,642,124   47,124,561     47,124,561 
 Effect of shares issued               2,416,730      194,100        327,773 
 Weighted average number of shares 
  at end of period/year               50,058,854   47,318,661     47,452,334 
-----------------------------------  -----------  -----------  ------------- 
 

Due to the losses incurred there is no dilutive effect from the issue of share options. At 31 March 2021, there were 1,640,850 share options granted but not yet exercised (31 March 2020: 1,831,050; 30 September 2020: 1,553,050).

   6          Related party transactions 

Transactions entered into with related parties are as follows:

 
                          Amount      Amount      Amount     Amount     Amount     Amount 
                        invoiced    invoiced    invoiced   invoiced   invoiced   invoiced 
                              to          by          to         by         to         by 
                         related     related     related    related    related    related 
                           party       party       party      party      party      party 
                         H1 2021     H1 2021     H1 2020    H1 2020    FY 2020    FY 2020 
                             GBP         GBP         GBP        GBP        GBP        GBP 
--------------------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
 IP Group plc (note 
  1)                       -               -           -     10,983          -      4,435 
 

Note 1: IP Group plc is a shareholder of the Company.

No amounts were outstanding to or from the related parties at 31 March 2021.

During each financial period, the Company entered into numerous transactions with its subsidiary company, which net off on consolidation; these have not been shown above.

   7.   Availability of Interim Report 

Electronic copies of this Interim Report will be available on the Company's website at www.actual-experience.com.

Forward-looking statements

This announcement may include certain forward-looking statements, beliefs or opinions, including statements with respect to the Group's business, financial condition and results of operations. These forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, including the terms "believes", "estimates", "plans", "anticipates", "targets", "aims", "continues", "expects", "intends", "hopes", "may", "will", "would", "could" or "should" or, in each case, their negative or other various or comparable terminology. These statements are made by the Directors in good faith based on the information available to them at the date of this announcement and reflect the Directors' beliefs and expectations. By their nature these statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that may or may not occur in the future. A number of factors could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, developments in the global economy, changes in government policies, spending and procurement methodologies, and failure in health, safety or environmental policies. No representation or warranty is made that any of these statements or forecasts will come to pass or that any forecast results will be achieved. Forward-looking statements speak only as at the date of this announcement and the Company and its advisers expressly disclaim any obligations or undertaking to release any update of, or revisions to, any forward-looking statements in this announcement. No statement in the announcement is intended to be, or intended to be construed as, a profit forecast or to be interpreted to mean that earnings per share for the current or future financial years will necessarily match or exceed the historical earnings. As a result, you are cautioned not to place any undue reliance on such forward-looking statements.

The Directors of Actual Experience plc and their functions are listed below.

Further information for Shareholders

 
 Company number:       06838738 
 
 Registered office:    Quay House 
                       The Ambury 
                       Bath 
                       BA1 1UA 
 
 Directors:            Stephen Davidson (Chairman) 
                       Dave Page (Chief Executive Officer) 
                       Steve Bennetts (Chief Financial Officer) 
                       Sir Bryan Carsberg (Non-Executive Director) 
                       Kirsten English (Non-Executive Director) 
 
 Company Secretary:    Steve Bennetts 
 

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