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Animalcare Group PLC Interim Results H1 2021

28/09/2021 7:00am

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Animalcare Group PLC

28 September 2021

Animalcare Group plc

Interim Results for the six months ended 30 June 2021

28 September 2021. Animalcare Group plc ("the Company" or "Group") (AIM: ANCR), the international animal health business, announces its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2021.

Animalcare has delivered a very strong first half with double-digit revenue and profit growth and a further strengthening of our financial position. Driven by the continuation of favourable trading conditions into the second half, the Board expects that underlying EBITDA and underlying basic EPS for the full year will be ahead of current market expectations.

Financial Highlights

   -- Revenue increased 13.3% (14.2% at CER) to GBP39.1m compared to prior period (H1 2020: GBP34.5m) with sales growth 
      particularly strong within Companion Animals 
 
   -- Gross profit margin increased 2.6% to 54.6% compared to prior period (H1 2020: 52.0%), benefiting from a 
      continued focus on brands with higher growth and margin potential 
 
   -- Underlying* EBITDA up 28.3% on the prior period to GBP8.5m, largely reflecting strong revenue growth coupled with 
      higher margin sales mix 
 
   -- Underlying basic EPS increased by 35.6% to 8.0 pence (H1 2020: 5.9 pence) 
 
   -- Statutory profit before tax, incorporating non-underlying items was GBP0.8m (H1 2020: GBP0.8m), with reported 
      basic EPS at 0.5 pence (H1 2020: 0.8 pence) 
 
   -- Net debt further reduced by GBP3.5m to GBP10.1m as of 30 June 2021 supported by continued strong cash conversion. 
      Net debt to underlying EBITDA leverage ratio reduced to approximately 0.7 times 
 
   -- Board declares interim dividend of 2.0 pence per share 

* The Group presents a number of non-GAAP Alternative Performance Measures (APMs) which exclude non-underlying items as set out in note 3. EBITDA is defined as underlying earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation.

Strategic and Operational Highlights

Pipeline

   -- Following approval by EU and UK authorities, Daxocox launch activities commenced at the end of the first half 
      while the STEM dental range of products remains on track to complete manufacturing transfer and launch in late Q4 
 
   -- The Group plans to increase investment in the development pipeline versus the prior year and further still into 
      2022 

Business development

   -- The Group continues to pursue business development opportunities that will further Animalcare's strategic 
      priorities: strengthening and building the pipeline; enhancing earnings through sustainable commercial deals; and 
      scaling up and extending the geographic footprint 

Operational

   -- New organisation structure and streamlined leadership team implemented to support delivery of growth strategy 

Animalcare's Chief Executive Officer, Jenny Winter, commented: " We delivered a very strong set of results for the first six months supported by growing demand in our Companion Animals segment. Increased revenues and profit fed through to improvements in our balance sheet, further strengthening the Group's capacity to pursue value-creating opportunities that align with our growth strategy. Encouraged by the trading momentum carried into the third quarter we are confident that profit performance will be ahead of current market expectations for the full year.

"Animalcare achieved a major milestone for our development pipeline in the first half with Daxocox receiving marketing approval across EU markets and in the UK. We are now in the early launch phase and have committed to increase investment as we maximise the potential of this differentiated new pain treatment over the coming years.

"The positive trading results and the strategic progress made in the first half are a credit to the commitment, focus and agility of our employees across the Group."

Analyst briefing/webcast

A briefing for analysts will be held at 10:30 BST on Tuesday 28 September 2021 via Zoom webcast. Analysts wishing to join should use the following link to register and receive access details.

https://stifel.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OSSRUqBXRkGzDxde3T-mVg

A copy of the analyst presentation will be made available on the Group website shortly after the webcast.

Enquiries

 
 Animalcare Group plc                +44 (0)1904 487 687 
  Jenny Winter, Chief Executive 
  Officer 
  Chris Brewster, Chief Financial     communications@animalcaregroup.com 
  Officer 
  Media/investor relations 
 Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited 
  (Nominated Adviser & Joint 
  Broker) 
  Ben Maddison 
  Fred Walsh 
  Nick Adams                         +44 (0)20 7710 7600 
 Panmure Gordon 
  (Joint Broker) 
  Corporate Finance 
  Freddy Crossley/Emma Earl 
  Corporate Broking 
  Rupert Dearden                     +44 (0)20 7886 2500 
 

About Animalcare www.animalcaregroup.com

Animalcare Group plc is a UK AIM-listed international veterinary sales and marketing organisation. Animalcare operates in seven countries and exports to approximately 40 countries in Europe and worldwide. The Group is focused on bringing new and innovative products to market through its own development pipeline, partnerships and via acquisition.

Chairman's Statement

Animalcare made a very positive start to the year as we benefited from a clear focus on our growth strategy and increased customer demand across our markets, particularly in the Companion Animals segment.

First half revenue grew by 13.3% to GBP39.1m helping drive underlying EBITDA to GBP8.5m, 28.3% ahead of the prior period. Continued improvement in underlying cash conversion, which keeps the Group on track to deliver our target of a 90%-100% conversion rate for the full year, was reflected in a further reduction of our net debt, down GBP3.5m to GBP10.1m at 30 June 2021. The Group's net debt to underlying EBITDA ratio of 0.7 times strengthens our overall financial position and capacity to pursue value-enhancing business development opportunities that support our growth strategy.

While we still anticipate growth in revenue and underlying EBITDA will be weighted towards the first half of 2021, the level of market demand we have seen during the third quarter gives us the confidence that underlying EBITDA and underlying basic EPS will exceed current market expectations for the full year. Against this backdrop, and alongside a continuing increase in investment in the pipeline, the Board has declared an interim dividend of 2.0 pence per share, in line with 2020.

One of the highlights of the first half was the grant of marketing authorisation for Daxocox, paving the way for the launch of our differentiated canine pain treatment in EU markets and the UK. This is a notable achievement for the Group and represents the culmination of many years of dedication and expertise of our internal development team. With the completion of manufacturing transfer, we also expect to add biofilm treatments from our STEM joint venture to our line-up of new products in the fourth quarter.

Our employees drive our business and deserve huge credit for these positive results. Under Jenny Winter's leadership, the Group has continued to strengthen the capabilities and focus of Animalcare. The establishment of a streamlined senior executive management team at the beginning of the year has facilitated more efficient decision-making while internal promotions and external hires have further bolstered the experience and talent at Group and country level.

A notable post period event saw Christiaan Cardon stand down from his role as Director following the sale of shares held by Ecuphar Invest NV. On behalf of the Group, I would like to offer my thanks to Christiaan for the valuable contribution he has made to the Company over several years. The Board also extends a warm welcome to the incoming shareholders who have demonstrated their support for the Group and the direction we are taking the Company.

Jan Boone, Chairman

Business Review

In the first half we continued to make progress on the five clear priorities of our growth strategy.

1. Strong financial platform

After showing resilience in the face of pandemic-related disruption in the prior year period, the Group delivered strong revenue growth of 13.3%, helped to a significant degree by increased demand from a resurgent Companion Animals segment. Underlying EBITDA, up 28.3% in the first half, benefited from positive revenue leverage and higher margin sales mix. In large part, this was due to a focus in recent years on brands that possess higher growth and margin potential. The cash conversion rate remains strong and on track to meet the Group's 90% to 100% target. This helped drive a further reduction in net debt to GBP10.1m as of 30 June 2021. This figure is inclusive of the full year 2020 dividend paid post period end. In addition, net debt to underlying EBITDA ratio reduced to 0.7 times in the period.

2. Right people and capabilities

The Group continues to strengthen capabilities in key areas across the organisation. The transition to a regional model and streamlined senior executive team is supporting more efficient decision making and increased focus on the growth strategy. Sales and Marketing excellence remains a priority, particularly with the addition of differentiated products and an accelerated evolution of customer work practices driven by COVID-19. A dedicated, experienced resource has been appointed to drive this critical programme while internal and external appointments have been made to further improve capabilities and Group-wide consistency in the areas of supply chain, technical veterninary support and financial management.

3. Building our pipeline

Daxocox, our novel COX-2 inhibitor pain treatment for dogs, received marketing authorisation for EU countries and the UK in April 2021. Early launch activities kicked off at the end of the first half and are under way across all our markets. R&D life cycle management programmes for Daxocox have been initiated to target new indications, new formulations and geographic expansion. For the STEM joint venture with Kane Biotech, biofilm pipeline projects have commenced, with a particular focus on otitis. To support delivery of pipeline opportunities, total R&D investment is expected to increase versus the prior year and further still into 2022.

4. Driving portfolio delivery

In recent years we have reduced the total number of products in our portfolio with the aim of increasing management focus and sales and marketing attention on brands that possess higher growth and margin potential. In the first half, revenues generated by our top 40 products, including products launched in 2021, increased by around 15%. This increased focus towards higher value products has been a meaningful contributor to the 2.6% increase in gross margin versus the prior period.

5. Business development

The Group continues to pursue a number of business development opportunities that have the potential to strengthen and build the pipeline, enhance earnings through sustainable commercial agreements and increase geographic scale and reach.

Financial Review

Overview of underlying financial results

We are pleased to report a very strong first half trading performance with the double-digit revenue growth and improved gross margin driving a significant increase in underlying EBITDA. The Group continues to deliver strong cash conversion which drove further reduction in net debt during the period.

A summary of the underlying financial results for the first six months of 2021, which the Directors believe provides a clearer picture of business performance, is shown below.

 
 Six Months to 30        2021      2020      Change 
  June                                        at AER 
                         GBP'000   GBP'000         % 
                        --------  --------  -------- 
 Revenue                  39,121    34,520     13.3% 
                        --------  --------  -------- 
 Gross Profit             21,354    17,937     19.1% 
                        --------  --------  -------- 
 Gross Margin %            54.6%     52.0%      2.6% 
                        --------  --------  -------- 
 Underlying Operating 
  Profit                   7,089     4,915     44.2% 
                        --------  --------  -------- 
 Underlying EBITDA         8,474     6,606     28.3% 
                        --------  --------  -------- 
 Underlying EBITDA 
  margin %                 21.7%     19.1%      2.6% 
                        --------  --------  -------- 
 Basic Underlying 
  EPS (p)                   8.0p      5.9p     35.6% 
                        --------  --------  -------- 
 

Revenue

Revenue performance by product category is shown in the table below:

 
 Six Months to 30 June    2021      2020      Change 
                                               at AER 
                          GBP'000   GBP'000         % 
                         --------  --------  -------- 
 Companion Animals         27,385    21,210     29.1% 
                         --------  --------  -------- 
 Production Animals         9,263    10,543   (12.1%) 
                         --------  --------  -------- 
 Equine & other             2,473     2,767   (10.6%) 
                         --------  --------  -------- 
 Total                     39,121    34,520     13.3% 
                         --------  --------  -------- 
 

Companion Animals, which represents the majority of our business at around 70% of Group turnover, grew at 29.1% over the corresponding period last year. This growth can be attributed to strong market dynamics, particularly in Southern Europe where overall trading additionally benefited from the effects of phasing, newly introduced products and favourable comparisons to the prior period when the effects of COVID-19 were prevalent across the animal health industry.

We continue to optimise and refine our existing portfolio to reduce fragmentation and increase commercial focus to drive growth within our higher margin core product range. In the first half, revenues generated by our top 40 products, including those launched in 2021, increased by around 15%. Consistent with this focus, as from 1 January 2021, the Group's Belgium subsidiary discontinued the local commercialisation of several antibiotics and other lower margin products under a legacy distribution contract . As a result, Production Animals revenue declined by 12.1% versus the prior period to GBP9.3m. Excluding the discontinuation of the commercial agreement in Belgium, sales of Production Animals grew over the first half.

As expected, Equine and other sales decreased by 10.6% to GBP2.5m principally due to the unwind of prior year customer stock build in advance of manufacturing transfers.

Underlying operating results

The strong revenue growth and higher margin product mix drove a significant improvement in our profitability with underlying EBITDA at GBP8.5m (2020: GBP6.6m), an increase of 28.3% versus prior period. We have continued to invest in our people and drivers of future growth including those related to new product launches, pipeline projects and business development opportunities. As a result, SG&A expenses increased by GBP1.5m , r epresenting 32.9% of revenue, versus the comparator period, which included around GBP1.0m savings generated from reduced or deferred spend in response to the lower demand related to COVID-19.

The underlying effective tax rate was 24.4% (H1 2020: 24.2%; FY 2020: 20.1%) primarily reflecting the regional mix of profits arising, and expected to arise, in higher rate tax jurisdictions. This includes the one-off impact of the substantively enacted increase in corporate tax rates in the UK (from 19% to 25% effective 1 April 2023) on deferred tax balances. We continue to optimise research and development tax credits.

Reflecting the points noted above, underlying basic EPS increased by 35.6% to 8.0 pence (2020: 5.8 pence).

Non-underlying items

Non-underlying items totalling GBP5.6m (2020: GBP3.9m) relating to profit before tax have been incurred in the period, as set out in note 3. These principally comprise:

1. Amortisation and impairment of acquisition related intangibles of GBP5.4m (2020: GBP2.9m). The increase versus 2020 primarily reflects the non-cash impairment of a project that formed part of the acquired development pipeline at a fair value of GBP1.8m. The principal driver is the recall and suspension of all products containing ranitidine for human use by European and US authorities. Consequently, Animalcare has ceased development of ranitidine for animal use due to the high level of regulatory uncertainty. Discontinuation of the ranitidine programme is not expected to have a material impact on the Group.

2. Expenses relating to acquisition, integration and restructuring costs of GBP0.6m (2020: GBP0.7m) largely relating to business development activities and reorganisation of our Belgium and UK operations;

3. GBP0.4m income in respect of product divestments as we continue to focus on our core higher margin brands.

Dividend

The Board is pleased to declare an interim dividend of 2.0 pence per share, in line with 2020. The interim dividend will be paid on 19 November 2021 to shareholders whose names are on the Register of Members at close of business on 22 October 2021. The ordinary shares will become ex-dividend on 21 October 2021.

Cash flow, net debt and borrowing facilities

Establishing and then maintaining a strong financial platform has been a core element of our strategy, providing capacity for acquisition and further investment in business development and pipeline opportunities that support our long-term growth. We entered 2021 in a strong financial position following further progress made during 2020 in generating positive levels of operating cash and strengthening our balance sheet.

Following a period of strong trading in which our underlying stock profile operated at normalised levels, we are pleased to report, as expected, a significant improvement in our first half underlying cash conversion performance at 79.5% (2020: 56.9%) as set out in the table below:

 
                                   Six months    Six months 
                                   to 30 June    to 30 June 
                                         2021          2020 
                                      GBP'000       GBP'000 
-------------------------------  ------------  ------------ 
 Underlying EBITDA                      8,474         6,606 
                                 ------------  ------------ 
 
 Net cash flow from operations          6,193         3,076 
                                 ------------  ------------ 
 Non-underlying items                     546           686 
                                 ------------  ------------ 
 Underlying net cash flow 
  from operations                       6,739         3,762 
                                 ------------  ------------ 
 
 Cash conversion %                      79.5%         56.9% 
-------------------------------  ------------  ------------ 
 

The Group's working capital increased by GBP1.3m compared to GBP3.7m in the prior period, largely reflecting the normalisation of our stock profile noted above. Within our 2020 half year results, there was an overall GBP2.3m cash increase in our inventories, primarily relating to GBP1.1m strategic stock build in advance of manufacturing transfers with the balance reflecting the demand disruption in Q2 trading as a result of COVID-19.

Non-underlying cash items principally relate to acquisition, integration and restructuring costs offset by the divestment proceeds as noted above.

Net debt reduced by GBP3.5m over the period and stood at GBP10.1m on 30 June 2021. This improvement was largely driven by the continued strong cash conversion noted above and is inclusive of accounting for the GBP1.2m FY20 final dividend paid to shareholders on 2 July 2021. Exchange rate variations benefited the net debt position by GBP0.9m.

 
                                             GBP'000 
 Net debt at 1 January 2021                 (13,618) 
                                           --------- 
 Net cash flow from operations                 6,193 
                                           --------- 
 Net capital expenditure                     (1,541) 
                                           --------- 
 Net finance expenses                        (1,006) 
                                           --------- 
 Issue of equity                                  44 
                                           --------- 
 Dividends paid                              (1,201) 
                                           --------- 
 Foreign exchange on cash and borrowings         853 
                                           --------- 
 Movement in IFRS16 lease liabilities            167 
                                           --------- 
 Net debt at 30 June 2021                   (10,109) 
                                           --------- 
 

Net capital expenditure of GBP1.5m (2020: GBP1.0m) largely comprises investment in our product development pipeline of GBP1.1m, the most significant components of which relate to Daxocox and STEM. The balance of expenditure largely relates to continuing investment in our IT infrastructure.

The net debt to underlying EBITDA leverage ratio was approximately 0.7 times (FY20: 1.1 times) versus the bank covenant of 3.5 times. At 30 June 2021, total facilities were GBP44.2m, of which GBP12.8m, net of cash balances, was utilised, leaving headroom of GBP31.3m.

Going Concern

Banking Facilities and Covenants

During the first half we completed an exercise with our four syndicate banks to extend our existing banking facilities from 31 March 2022 to 31 March 2025.

At 30 June 2021, the Group's financing arrangements consisted of a committed revolving credit facility of EUR41.5m and a EUR10m acquisition line, which cannot be utilised to fund our operations. The investment loan facility was repaid in full at the time of renewal.

The facilities remain subject to the following covenants which are in operation at all times:

   -- Net debt to underlying EBITDA ratio of 3.5 times 
 
   -- Underlying EBITDA to interest ratio of minimum 4 times 
 
   -- Solvency (total assets less goodwill/total equity less goodwill) greater than 25 % 

As at 30 June 2021, all covenant requirements were met with significant headroom across all three measures. As at 30 August 2021, net debt further reduced to approximately GBP7.6m. Headroom on the banking facilities, including cash on balance sheet, was around GBP33.8m.

Summary and outlook

The Animalcare team delivered excellent revenue and profit growth in the first six months, further strengthening our financial position which underpins the Group's long-term growth strategy.

Market dynamics in the animal health market have been strong over the period, notably in the Companion Animals segment which has been boosted by positive fundamentals such as increased pet ownership across many countries. We continue to assume that full year growth will be weighted towards the first half, largely as a result of phasing. However, we have been encouraged by demand levels during the third quarter which makes us confident that underlying EBITDA and underlying basic EPS for the full year will exceed current market expectations.

We are allocating resources to growth opportunities including new products such as Daxocox - which is early in its launch phase - and the STEM biofilm range of treatments for which we expect to complete manufacturing transfer ahead of introduction to our markets in the fourth quarter.

Looking further ahead, our strong financial platform and confident outlook enable us to pursue value creating business development opportunities that have the potential to generate earnings and margins growth through commercial agreements, increase our geographic scale and reach and build and strengthen our pipeline. We intend to increase our investment in the pipeline over the prior year and further still into 2022.

We would like to recognise the commitment, agility and expertise of the Animalcare team who made these first half results possible and continue to build the platform that underpins our long-term sustainable growth strategy.

   Jennifer Winter                                        Chris Brewster 
   Chief Executive Officer                             Chief Financial Officer 

Condensed consolidated income statement

 
                                                     For the six months ended 30 June 
                                -------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
                                                                                  Non-Underlying 
                                            Non-Underlying                             (note 
                                Underlying     (note 3)      Total    Underlying        3)         Total 
                                   2021          2021         2021       2020          2020         2020 
                                ----------  --------------  --------  ----------  --------------  -------- 
                                   GBP'000         GBP'000   GBP'000     GBP'000         GBP'000   GBP'000 
Revenue                             39,121               -    39,121      34,520               -    34,520 
Cost of sales                     (17,767)               -  (17,767)    (16,583)               -  (16,583) 
Gross profit                        21,354               -    21,354      17,937               -    17,937 
                                ----------  --------------  --------  ----------  --------------  -------- 
 
Research and development 
 expenses                          (1,212)           (547)   (1,759)     (1,163)           (547)   (1,710) 
Selling and marketing expenses     (6,285)               -   (6,285)     (5,685)               -   (5,685) 
General and administrative 
 expenses                          (6,818)         (2,373)   (9,191)     (6,235)         (2,376)   (8,611) 
Net other operating income 
 / (expenses)                           50         (2,685)   (2,635)          61           (986)     (925) 
 
 Operating profit/(loss)             7,089         (5,605)     1,484       4,915         (3,909)     1,006 
                                ----------  --------------  --------  ----------  --------------  -------- 
 
Financial expenses                 (1,131)               -   (1,131)       (488)               -     (488) 
Financial income                       574               -       574         244               -       244 
Financial net result                 (557)               -     (557)       (244)               -     (244) 
                                ----------  --------------  --------  ----------  --------------  -------- 
Share in net (loss)/profit 
 of joint ventures accounted 
 for using the equity method         (136)               -     (136)           -               -         - 
                                ----------  --------------  --------  ----------  --------------  -------- 
Profit/(loss) before tax             6,396         (5,605)       791       4,671         (3,909)       763 
                                ----------  --------------  --------  ----------  --------------  -------- 
Income tax                         (1,563)           1,100     (463)     (1,129)             832     (297) 
                                ----------  --------------  --------  ----------  --------------  -------- 
Net Profit/(loss)                    4,833         (4,505)       328       3,542         (3,077)       466 
                                ----------  --------------  --------  ----------  --------------  -------- 
 
Net profit/(loss) 
attributable 
to: 
                                ----------  --------------  --------  ----------  --------------  -------- 
The owners of the parent             4,833         (4,505)       328       3,542         (3,077)       466 
                                ----------  --------------  --------  ----------  --------------  -------- 
Earnings per share for 
 profit/(loss) attributable 
 to the ordinary equity 
 holders of the company: 
Basic                                 8.0p                      0.5p        5.9p                      0.8p 
Diluted                               8.0p                      0.5p        5.9p                      0.8p 
 

In order to aid understanding of underlying business performance, the Directors have presented underlying results before the effect of exceptional and other items. These exceptional and other items are analysed in note 3.

Condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income

 
                                                        For the six months 
                                                           ended 30 June 
                                                       -------------------- 
                                                         2021       2020 
                                                       ---------  --------- 
                                                         GBP'000    GBP'000 
Net profit for the period                                    328        466 
 
Other comprehensive (expense)/income 
Cumulative translation differences *                       (468)        672 
                                                       ---------  --------- 
Other comprehensive (expense)/income, net of 
 tax                                                       (468)        672 
                                                       ---------  --------- 
Total comprehensive (expense)/income for the 
 period, net of tax                                        (140)      1,138 
                                                       ---------  --------- 
Total comprehensive (expense)/income attributable 
 to: 
            The owners of the parent                       (140)      1,138 
                                                       ---------  --------- 
 
* May be reclassified subsequently to profit 
 & loss 
 

Condensed consolidated statement of financial position

 
                                                                    30 June    31 Dec 
                                                                      2021      2020 
                                                                    --------  -------- 
                                                                     GBP'000   GBP'000 
Assets 
                Non-current assets 
                Goodwill                                              50,534    50,987 
                Intangible assets                                     33,400    37,812 
                Property, plant and equipment                            442       265 
                Right-of-use assets                                    1,622     1,790 
                Investments in joint ventures                          1,339     1,457 
                Deferred tax assets                                    2,470     2,220 
                Other financial assets                                    92        63 
                Other non-current assets                                  25        48 
                Total non-current assets                              89,924    94,642 
                                                                    --------  -------- 
                Current assets 
                Inventories                                           11,955    12,797 
                Trade receivables                                     10,233    10,142 
                Other current assets                                   2,949     1,589 
                Cash and cash equivalents                              4,550     5,265 
                Total current assets                                  29,687    29,793 
                                                                    --------  -------- 
Total assets                                                         119,611   124,435 
                                                                    --------  -------- 
 
Liabilities 
                Current liabilities 
                Borrowings                                             (152)     (637) 
                Lease liabilities                                      (769)     (951) 
                Trade payables                                       (9,581)  (11,348) 
                Tax payables                                         (1,849)     (553) 
                Accrued charges and deferred income                  (2,221)   (2,686) 
                Other current liabilities                            (2,874)   (3,202) 
                Total current liabilities                           (17,446)  (19,377) 
                                                                    --------  -------- 
                Non-current liabilities 
                Borrowings                                          (13,641)  (16,432) 
                Lease liabilities                                      (875)     (861) 
                Deferred tax liabilities                             (4,612)   (4,804) 
                Deferred income                                        (468)     (556) 
                Provisions                                             (232)      (96) 
                Other non-current liabilities                          (717)     (717) 
                Total non-current liabilities                       (20,545)  (23,466) 
                                                                    --------  -------- 
 
Total Liabilities                                                   (37,991)  (42,843) 
                                                                    --------  -------- 
 
Net Assets                                                            81,620    81,592 
                                                                    --------  -------- 
 
Equity 
                Share capital                                         12,016    12,012 
                Share premium                                        132,769   132,729 
                Reverse acquisition reserve                         (56,762)  (56,762) 
                Accumulated losses                                   (8,993)   (9,445) 
                Other reserves                                         2,590     3,058 
                Equity attributable to the owners of the parent       81,620    81,592 
                                                                    --------  -------- 
Total equity                                                          81,620    81,592 
                                                                    --------  -------- 
 

Condensed consolidated statement of changes in equity

 
                             Attributable to the owners of the parents 
                   -------------------------------------------------------------- 
                                                     Reverse                           Non- 
                    Share    Share   Accum-ulated  acqui-sition   Other            controll-ing   Total 
                   capital  premium     losses       reserve     reserve   Total     interest     equity 
                   -------  -------  ------------  ------------  -------  -------  ------------  ------- 
                   GBP'000  GBP'000       GBP'000       GBP'000  GBP'000  GBP'000       GBP'000  GBP'000 
At 1 January 2020   12,012  132,729       (8,640)      (56,762)    2,550   81,889             -   81,889 
Net profit               -        -           466             -        -      466             -      466 
Other 
 comprehensive 
 expense                 -        -             -             -      672      672             -      672 
Total 
 comprehensive 
 income                  -        -           466             -      672    1,138             -    1,138 
                   -------  -------  ------------  ------------  -------  -------  ------------  ------- 
 
Share-based 
 payments                -        -            43             -        -       43             -       43 
                   -------  -------  ------------  ------------  -------  -------  ------------  ------- 
At 30 June 2020     12,012  132,729       (8,130)      (56,762)    3,223   83,072             -   83,072 
                   -------  -------  ------------  ------------  -------  -------  ------------  ------- 
 
 
                                Attributable to the owners of the parents 
                      -------------------------------------------------------------- 
                                                        Reverse                           Non- 
                       Share    Share   Accum-ulated  acqui-sition   Other            controll-ing   Total 
                      capital  premium     losses       reserve     reserve   Total     interest     equity 
                      -------  -------  ------------  ------------  -------  -------  ------------  ------- 
                      GBP'000  GBP'000       GBP'000       GBP'000  GBP'000  GBP'000       GBP'000  GBP'000 
At 1 January 2021      12,012  132,729       (9,445)      (56,762)    3,058   81,592             -   81,592 
Net profit                  -        -           328             -        -      328             -        - 
Other comprehensive 
 expense                    -        -             -             -    (468)    (468)             -    (468) 
Total comprehensive 
 income/(expense)           -        -           328             -    (468)    (140)             -    (140) 
                      -------  -------  ------------  ------------  -------  -------  ------------  ------- 
Exercise of share 
 options                    4       40             -             -        -       44             -       44 
Share based payments        -        -           124             -        -      124             -      124 
                      -------  -------  ------------  ------------  -------  -------  ------------  ------- 
At 30 June 2021        12,016  132,769       (8,993)      (56,762)    2,590   81,620             -   81,620 
                      -------  -------  ------------  ------------  -------  -------  ------------  ------- 
 

Condensed consolidated cash flow statements

 
                                                                                For the six months 
                                                                                   ended 30 June 
                                                                               -------------------- 
                                                                      Notes      2021       2020 
                                                                               ---------  --------- 
                                                                                 GBP'000    GBP'000 
Operating activities 
                Profit before tax                                                    791        763 
Profit before tax                                                                    791        763 
                                                                               ---------  --------- 
Adjustments for: 
                Share in net result of joint ventures                                136          - 
                Depreciation of property, plant and equipment                        574        610 
                Amortisation of intangible assets                                  3,746      4,020 
                Impairment of intangible assets                                    2,417          - 
                Share-based payment expense                                          124         43 
                Gain on disposal of property, plant and equipment                  (396)       (16) 
                Non-cash movement in provisions                                      163        300 
                Movement in allowance for bad debt and inventories                   233        362 
                Financial income                                                    (86)      (148) 
                Financial expense                                                    673        467 
                Impact of foreign currencies                                        (34)       (79) 
                Other                                                                  2        (3) 
Movements in working capital 
                Increase in trade receivables                                       (88)      (582) 
                Decrease/(Increase) in inventories                                   257    (2,342) 
                Decrease in payables                                             (1,610)      (797) 
                Income tax (paid)/received                                         (757)        478 
Net cash flow from operating activities                                            6,145      3,076 
                                                                               ---------  --------- 
 

Condensed consolidated cash flow statements (continued)

 
Investing activities 
                Purchase of property, plant and equipment                     (265)      (49) 
                Purchase of intangible assets                               (1,566)     (961) 
                Proceeds from the sale of property, plant and 
                 equipment (net)                                                337        49 
                Proceeds from sale of subsidiary                                  -         - 
Net cash flow used in investing activities                                  (1,494)     (961) 
                                                                           --------  -------- 
 
 Financing activities 
                Proceeds from loans and borrowings and convertible 
                 debt                                                       (2,807)         - 
                Repayment of loans and borrowings                             (582)   (3,760) 
                Repayment IFRS16 lease liability                              (520)     (526) 
                Receipts from issue of share capital                             44         - 
                Interest paid                                                 (239)     (264) 
                Other financial expense                                       (247)      (55) 
                Increase in other financial assets                        6 (1,201)         - 
Net cash flow used in financing activities                                  (5,552)   (4,605) 
                                                                           --------  -------- 
 
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents                                     (901)   (2,490) 
                                                                           ========  ======== 
                Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period              5,265     6,165 
                Exchange rate differences on cash and cash equivalents          186     (333) 
                Cash and cash equivalents at end of period                    4,550     3,342 
                                                                           ========  ======== 
 
Reconciliation of net cash flow to movement in 
 net debt 
 
                Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents in 
                 the period                                                   (901)   (2,490) 
                Cash flow from decrease in debt financing                     3,389     3,760 
                Foreign exchange differences on cash and borrowings             853   (1,666) 
                Movement in net debt in the period                            3,341     (396) 
                                                                           --------  -------- 
                Net debt at the start of the period                        (13,617)  (17,812) 
                Movement in lease liabilities during the period                 167       109 
                Net debt at the end of the period                          (10,109)  (18,099) 
                                                                           ========  ======== 
 

Notes to the consolidated interim report

1. General information

Animalcare Group plc ("Animalcare" or "the Company") is a public company incorporated in England and Wales under the Companies Act 2006 and is domiciled in the United Kingdom. The condensed set of financial statements as at, and for, the six months ended 30 June 2021 comprises the Company and its subsidiaries (together referred to as the "Group"). The nature of the Group's operations and its principal activities are set out in the latest Annual Report.

2. Basis of preparation and significant accounting policies

Basis of preparation and accounting policies

This interim financial information for each of the six month periods ended 30 June 2021 and 30 June 2020 has not been audited and does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in Section 43s of the Companies Act 2006. The comparative information for the year ended 31 December 2020 does not constitute statutory accounts however is based on the statutory accounts for that year, on which the Group's auditors issued an unqualified report and which have been filed with the Register of Companies.

The Interim Report for the six months ended 30 June 2021 was approved by the Board of Directors and authorised for issue on 28 September 2021 .

Except as described below, the condensed consolidated interim financial information for the six months ended 30 June 2021 has been prepared using accounting policies consistent with those of the Company's annual accounts for the year ended 31 December 2020 which were prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") as adopted by the European Union ("adopted IFRSs") and the amendment to IFRS 16 - COVID-19 related rent concessions, and which will form the basis of the 2021 Annual Report.

Taxes on income in the interim periods are accrued using the estimated tax rate that would be applicable for the full financial year.

New standards, interpretations and amendments adopted by the Group

Several amendments and interpretations, issued in August 2020, are effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2021.

   -      Interest Rate Benchmark Reform 
   -      Phase 2: Amendments to IFRS9, IAS39, IFRS7, IFRS4 and IFRS16 

The Phase 2 amendments provide practical relief from certain requirements in IFRS Standards to ease adoption of alternative interest rate benchmarks. These reliefs relate to modifications of financial instruments and lease contracts or hedge relationships driven by the replacement of a benchmark interest rate in a contract with a new alternative benchmark rate. The Phase 2 amendments also require disclosure of the effect of interest rate benchmark reforms on an entity's financial instruments and risk management strategy.

New and revised standards not yet adopted

Certain new accounting standards and interpretations have been published that are not mandatory for 30 June 2021 reporting periods and have not been early adopted by the Group. These standards are not expected to have a material impact on the entity in the current or future reporting periods and on foreseeable future transactions.

- Amendments to IAS 1 Presentation of Financial Statements: Classification of Liabilities as Current or Non-current and Classification of Liabilities as Current or Non-current - Deferral of Effective Date (applicable for annual periods beginning on or after January 1, 2023, but not yet approved in the European Union)

- Amendments to IAS 1 Presentation of Financial Statements and IFRS Practice Statement 2: Disclosure of Accounting policies (applicable for annual periods beginning on or after January 1, 2023 but not yet endorsed in the European Union)

- Amendments to IAS 8 Accounting policies, Changes in Accounting Estimates and Errors: Definition of Accounting Estimates (applicable for annual periods beginning on or after January 1, 2023 but not yet adopted in the European Union)

- Amendments to IFRS 16 Leases: Covid-19-Related Rent Concessions beyond 30 June 2021 (applicable for financial years after April 1, 2021, but not yet approved in the European Union)

- Amendments to IAS 12 Income Taxes: Deferred Tax related to Assets and Liabilities arising from a Single Transaction

- Amendments to IFRS 3 Business Reference to the Conceptual Framework (applicable for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2022)

- Amendments to IAS 16 Property, Plant and Equipment: received for use (applicable for annual periods beginning on or after January 1, 2022)

- Amendments to IAS 37 Provisions, Contingent Liabilities and Contingent Assets: Onerous Contracts - Cost of Compensation (applicable for years beginning January 1, 2022)

   -      Annual procedure 2018-2020 (applicable for financial years from January 1, 2022) 

Going Concern

Banking Facilities and Covenants

During the first half we completed an exercise with our four syndicate banks to extend our existing banking facilities from 31 March 2022 to 31 March 2025.

At 30 June 2021 , the Group's financing arrangements consisted of a committed revolving credit facility of EUR41.5m and a EUR10m acquisition line, which cannot be utilised to fund our operations. The investment loan facility was repaid in full at the time of renewal. The facilities remain subject to the following covenants which are in operation at all times:

   -- Net debt to underlying EBITDA ratio of 3.5 times 
 
   -- Underlying EBITDA to interest ratio of minimum 4 times 
 
   -- Solvency (total assets less goodwill/total equity less goodwill) greater than 25% 

As at 30 June 2021 , all covenant requirements were met with significant headroom across all three measures. As at 30 August 2021, net debt has further reduced to approximately GBP7.6m. Headroom on the banking facilities, including cash on balance sheet, was around GBP33.8m.

3. Non-underlying items

 
                                                           For the six months 
                                                              ended 30 June 
                                                          -------------------- 
                                                            2021       2020 
                                                          ---------  --------- 
                                                            GBP'000    GBP'000 
Amortisation and impairment of acquisition related 
 intangibles 
 
Classified within Research and development expenses             547        547 
Classified within General and administrative expenses         2,373      2,376 
Classified within net other operating expenses                2,432          - 
Total amortisation and impairment of acquisition 
 related intangibles                                          5,352      2,923 
                                                          ---------  --------- 
 
Restructuring costs                                             457        351 
Acquisition and integration costs                               164        304 
Divestments and business disposals                            (368)         49 
Brexit-related costs                                              -          2 
Other non-underlying items                                        -        280 
 
Total non-underlying items before taxes                       5,605      3,909 
                                                          ---------  --------- 
Tax impact                                                  (1,100)      (832) 
                                                          ---------  --------- 
Total non-underlying items after taxes                        4,505      3,077 
                                                          ---------  --------- 
 
 

The amortisation charge of acquisition related intangibles largely relates to the Esteve acquisition of GBP1.0m (30 June 2020 : GBP1.0m), the Riemser acquisition of GBP0.1m (30 June 2020: GBP0.1m) and the reverse acquisition of Animalcare Group plc GBP1.7m (30 June 2020 : GBP1.7m). The impairment of acquisition related intangibles reflects the non-cash impairment of a project that formed part of the acquired development pipeline at a fair value of GBP1.8m. The principal driver is the recall and suspension of all products containing ranitidine for human use by European and US authorities. Consequently, Animalcare has ceased development of ranitidine for animal use due to the high level of regulatory uncertainty.

During the period the Group incurred acquisition, integration and restructuring costs of GBP0.6m (30 June 2020 : GBP0.7m) largely relating to business development activities and reorganisation of our Belgium and UK operations. The prior period charge principally related to restructuring of the Production Animals business unit in Spain and manufacturing transfer costs as we work towards simplifying our supply chain.

Product divestments include GBP0.4m income as we continue to focus on our core higher margin brands.

4. Segment information

The Group reports one business segment, being "Pharmaceuticals". This reporting segment is used for management purposes. The Pharmaceutical segment is active in the development and marketing of innovative pharmaceutical products that provide significant benefits to animal health.

The measurement principles used by the Group in preparing this segment reporting are also the basis for segment performance assessment. The Board of Directors of the Group acts as the Chief Operating Decision Maker. The Chief Operating Decision Maker assesses performance based on the Key Performance Indicators set out on page 14 of the latest Annual Report which include revenue and underlying EBITDA, excluding the effect of non-underlying items.

The following table shows an analysis of the segment reporting from continuing operations. As management's controlling instrument is mainly revenue-based, the reporting information does not include assets and liabilities by segment and is as such not presented per segment.

 
                                 For the six 
                                 months ended 
                                    30 June 
                               ---------------- 
                                2021     2020 
                               -------  ------- 
                               Pharma   Pharma 
                               -------  ------- 
                               GBP'000  GBP'000 
Revenues                        39,121   34,520 
Gross Margin                    21,354   17,936 
Gross Margin %                   54.6%    52.0% 
Segment underlying EBITDA        8,474    6,606 
Segment underlying EBITDA %      21.7%    19.1% 
Segment EBITDA                   8,237    5,634 
Segment EBITDA %                 21.1%    16.3% 
 

The segment EBITDA is reconciled with the consolidated net profit of the year as follows:

 
                   For the six months ended 
                            30 June 
                                              2021     2020 
                                             -------  ------- 
                                             GBP'000  GBP'000 
Segment EBITDA                                 8,237    5,634 
Depreciation, amortisation and impairment    (6,753)  (4,628) 
 
Operating profit                               1,484    1,006 
                                             -------  ------- 
Financial expenses                           (1,131)    (488) 
Financial income                                 574      244 
Share in net result of joint ventures          (136)        - 
Income taxes                                   (959)    (402) 
Deferred taxes                                   496      106 
Net profit                                       328      466 
                                             -------  ------- 
 
 

Revenue by product category:

 
                                          For the six months 
                                             ended 30 June 
                                         -------------------- 
                                           2021       2020 
                                         ---------  --------- 
                                           GBP'000    GBP'000 
Companion animals                           27,385     21,210 
Production animals                           9,263     10,543 
Horses                                       2,407      2,758 
Petfood, Instrumentation and Services           66          - 
 
Total                                       39,121     34,520 
                                         ---------  --------- 
 

Revenue by geographical area:

 
                           For the six months 
                              ended 30 June 
                          -------------------- 
                            2021       2020 
                          ---------  --------- 
                            GBP'000    GBP'000 
Belgium                       2,210      4,840 
The Netherlands                 687        659 
United Kingdom                7,395      4,255 
Germany                       5,397      5,209 
Spain                        11,509      9,650 
Italy                         4,906      3,895 
Portugal                      2,394      2,379 
European Union - other        3,828      2,608 
Asia                            324        603 
Middle East Africa                1         26 
Other                           470        396 
 
Total                        39,121     34,520 
                          ---------  --------- 
 

Revenue by category:

 
                   For the six months 
                      ended 30 June 
                  -------------------- 
                    2021       2020 
                  ---------  --------- 
                    GBP'000    GBP'000 
Product sales        38,504     34,000 
Services sales          617        520 
 
Total                39,121     34,520 
                  ---------  --------- 
 

Product revenue is recognised when the performance obligation is satisfied at a point in time. Service revenue is recognised by reference of the stage of completion.

5. Earnings per share

Basic earnings per share amounts are calculated by dividing the net profit for the period attributable to ordinary equity holders of the parent company by the weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding during the year.

Diluted earnings per share amounts are calculated by dividing the net profit attributable to ordinary equity holder of the parent company by the weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding during the year plus the weighted average number of ordinary shares that would be issued on conversion of all potential dilutive ordinary shares.

The following income and share data was used in the earnings per share computations:

 
                                                  For the six months ended 30 June 
                                              ---------------------------------------- 
                                              Underlying  Underlying   Total    Total 
                                              ----------  ----------  -------  ------- 
                                                 2021        2020      2021     2020 
                                              ----------  ----------  -------  ------- 
                                                 GBP'000     GBP'000  GBP'000  GBP'000 
Net profit                                         4,833       3,542      328      466 
Net profit attributable to ordinary equity 
 holders of the parent adjusted for the 
 effect of dilution                                4,833       3,542      328      466 
                                              ==========  ==========  =======  ======= 
 

Average number of shares (basic and diluted):

 
                                                     For the six months ended 30 June 
                                              ---------------------------------------------- 
                                              Underlying  Underlying    Total       Total 
                                              ----------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
                                                 2021        2020        2021        2020 
                                              ----------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
                                                  Number      Number      Number      Number 
Weighted average number of ordinary shares 
 for basic 
 earnings per share                           60,058,266  60,057,161  60,057,161  60,057,161 
Dilutive potential ordinary shares               466,871     256,510     466,871     256,510 
 
Weighted average number of ordinary shares 
 adjusted for effect of dilution              60,525,137  60,313,671  60,524,032  60,313,671 
                                              ==========  ==========  ==========  ========== 
 

Basic earnings per share:

 
                                                   For the six months ended 30 June 
                                                -------------------------------------- 
                                                Underlying   Underlying   Total  Total 
                                                -----------  -----------  -----  ----- 
                                                   2021         2020      2021   2020 
                                                -----------  -----------  -----  ----- 
                                                   Pence        Pence     Pence  Pence 
From operations attributable to the ordinary 
 equity 
 holders of the company                                 8.0          5.9    0.5    0.8 
 
Total basic earnings per share attributable 
 to the 
 ordinary equity holders of the company                 8.0          5.9    0.5    0.8 
                                                ===========  ===========  =====  ===== 
 

Diluted earnings per share:

 
                                                    For the six months ended 30 June 
                                                 -------------------------------------- 
                                                 Underlying   Underlying   Total  Total 
                                                 -----------  -----------  -----  ----- 
                                                    2021         2020      2021   2020 
                                                 -----------  -----------  -----  ----- 
                                                    Pence        Pence     Pence  Pence 
From operations attributable to the ordinary 
 equity holders of the company                           8.0          5.9    0.5    0.8 
 
Total diluted earnings per share attributable 
 to the ordinary equity holders of the 
 company                                                 8.0          5.9    0.5    0.8 
                                                 ===========  ===========  =====  ===== 
 

6. Dividends

The final dividend for the year ended 31 December 2020 of 2.0 pence per share was paid to shareholders on 3 July 2021. However, settlement was made to our registrar prior to the period end. The payment totalling GBP1.2m is included with the Condensed consolidated cash flow statement as part of the cash used in financing activities. However, the dividend is not included in the results (accumulated losses) for the six months ended 30 June 2021.

The directors have declared an interim dividend of 2.0 pence per share ( 2020 : 2.0 pence per share). The interim dividend will be paid on 19 November 2021 to shareholders whose names are on the Register of Members at close of business on 22 October 2021. The ordinary shares will become ex-dividend on 21 October 2021.

As the dividend was declared after the end of the period being reported, it has not been included as a liability as at 30 June 2021 in accordance with IAS 10 'Events after the Balance Sheet date'.

7. Contingent liabilities

On 3 September 2018, Ecuphar NV sold the wholesale business Medini NV to Vetdis Holding NV under a Share Purchase Agreement (SPA). In June 2019, Vetdis sent a letter to Ecuphar claiming that Ecuphar had breached the SPA. Ecuphar disputes the basis and the value of the claim. Vetdis issued formal court papers on 29 May 2020. A court hearing to consider the case took place in the Commercial Court in Bruges on 2 March 2021. In a judgment issued on 30 March 2021, the court did not decide on the merits of the claim, instead it appointed an expert auditor to examine the documents and advise the court on the claim. The court however ordered Vetdis to pay certain amounts counterclaimed by Ecuphar and on 4 May 2021, Vetdis made a payment to Ecuphar of EUR 432,762. We are now engaging in the process involving the expert auditor, which we expect will take until at least Q4 2021 .

8. Related party transactions

There have been no new related party transactions that have taken place in the six months ended 30 June 2021 .

9. Cautionary statement

This Interim Management Report ("IMR") consists of the Chairman's Statement and the Business Review, which have been prepared solely to provide additional information to shareholders to assess the Group's strategies and the potential for those strategies to succeed. The IMR should not be relied upon by any other party or for any other purpose.

The IMR contains a number of forward looking statements. These statements are made by the Directors in good faith based upon the information available to them up to the time of their approval of this report and such statements should be treated with caution due to the inherent uncertainties, including both economic and business risk factors, underlying any such forward looking information.

This IMR has been prepared for the Group as a whole and therefore emphasises those matters which are significant to Animalcare Group plc and its subsidiaries when viewed as a whole.

10. Interim report

The Group's Interim Report for the six months ended 30 June 2021 was approved and authorised for issue on 28 September 2021 . Copies will be available to download on the Company's website at: www.animalcaregroup.com

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