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APQ Global Limited Interim results for period ending 30 June 2019

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APQ Global Limited

30 September 2019

APQ Global Limited

("APQ Global" or the "Company")

Interim results for the period from 1 January 2019 to 30 June 2019

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

For the six months ended 30 June 2019

Book Value at 30 June 2019 was $72.5m, a decrease of $3.9m from $76.4m at the start of the period. The term "book value" herein includes the assets of APQ Global Limited and its subsidiaries net of any liabilities. The results include the net assets of the Company and its subsidiaries, presented in US dollars.

Book Value per share in the period decreased by 5.17 cents from 97.84 to 92.67 cents.

Loss per share for the period was 13.48 cents (for the six months ended 30 June 2018 - loss per share was 19.13 cents).

Dividends paid in GBP totalled 3.00 pence (3.93 cent) per share and were declared and paid during the period as follows:

-- 1.50 pence (1.97 cent) per share Ex Dividend 31 January 2019 Paid 1 March 2019

-- 1.50 pence (1.96 cent) per share Ex Dividend 2 May 2019 Paid 31 May 2019

After the period end, a further dividend of 1.50 pence (1.95 cents) per share was declared on 18 July 2019 in relation to the quarter ended 30 June 2019.

In the period covered by these financial statements, the share price of the Company has consistently traded at a discount over the prevailing Book Value of the Company.

There have been further AIM market trades since 30 June 2019, details of these can be found on the London Stock Exchange website by following the link below. Monthly book values and quarterly reports are also made available as they fall due.

 
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For further enquiries, please contact:

 
 APQ Global Limited 
  Bart Turtelboom                    020 3478 9708 
 
 N+1 Singer - Nominated Adviser 
  and Broker 
  James Maxwell / Justin McKeegan    020 7496 3000 
 
 Carey Group - TISE sponsor 
  Claire Torode                      01481 737 279 
 
 Investor Relations 
  IR@apqglobal.com 
 

Notes to Editors

APQ Global Limited

APQ Global (ticker: APQ LN) is a global emerging markets income company with interests across Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Company's objective is to steadily grow earnings to deliver attractive returns and capital growth to shareholders. This objective is achieved through a combination of revenue generating operating activities and investing in growing businesses across emerging markets. APQ Global run a well-diversified and liquid portfolio, take strategic stakes in selected businesses and plan to take operational control of companies through the acquisition of minority and majority stakes in companies with a focus on emerging markets.

For more information, please visit apqglobal.com.

International Advisory Council (IAC)

Established in February 2017, the IAC assists in locating the best investment opportunities across the globe. The panel of advisors, chaired by Tania Rotherwick, contribute insights from their own areas of geographical and sector expertise to support APQ Global's business strategy.

SIX MONTHSED 30 JUNE 2019 REVIEW

INTRODUCTION

The Company ended the 6 months ended 30 June 2019 with fairly defensive positioning. Accounting for GBP/USD exchange rate movements and the dividend paid, the Company returned -1.3% to its shareholders for the 6 months ended 30 June 2019, measured in USD. The Company paid dividends of 3.93 cents (3.00p) during the period and its book value was 92.67 cents per share at 30 June 2019.

During the period the Company slightly increased its exposure to risk assets across the board, particularly equities and emerging market ("EM") currencies while maintaining a very healthy cash position. During the period under review, exposure to credit markets made 6.5%, whilst equity investments returned 4.6%. EM Currency exposure contributed 1.0%. Local currency bond exposure returned 0.4%.

The Company is well on track to meet its target annual dividend yield of 6.0% and the dividend is well covered by economic income in the portfolio. Net of funding costs, 61% of total income is stemming from the FX portfolio, 21% from the credit portfolio and the remaining 18% from the Equity and Strategic portfolios.

As at 30 June 2019, the Company's exposure to credit and government bonds was 29.9% of book value. Local currency bond exposure was 13.3% of book value. EM equities accounted for 28.2% of book value and EM Currency exposure 76.2% of Book Value.

LIQUID MARKETS PORTFOLIO

During the period, the Company selectively added to its EM equity exposure, adding some single name exposure across Brazil, Russia and Mexico. The Company kept its position in City of London Investment Group. Additionally, we elected to add to our exposure to the MSCI Emerging Markets Index, taking advantage of growing momentum.

The Company believes that the medium-term global economic growth outlook will be supportive for emerging markets equities. However, we remain conscious of the multitude of risks around the world: the US-China trade war shows little signs of abating, the monetary policy outlook in the US and Europe increasingly points to a significant slowdown in the world economy going into next year and President Trump continues to throw the book at the post-war economic order.

From a sector perspective, the bulk of the Company's emerging market exposure is in Financials, followed by Materials and Energy, after taking into account the sector composition of the MSCI EM & Brazilian Index exposure.

The Company's emerging markets credit book is well diversified for stable income growth and the largest position is in Pemex, accounting for 2.8% of book value. Geographically, the credit portfolio is also well diversified with the largest positions concentrated in China (23.2%), Sri-Lanka (14.0%) and Mexico (9.2%).

From a sector perspective, the credit exposure is concentrated in government entities, financials and corporations in the energy sector.

The portfolio stress tests indicate that the Company would lose -3.56% of book value for a 10% sell-off in the S&P equity index, -0.02% in value if credit spreads were to widen 10% and -0.75% in value if interest rates in the US were to increase by 1%.

STATEMENT OF DIRECTORS' RESPONSIBILITIES

We confirm that to the best of our knowledge:

-- the condensed set of financial statements has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting as adopted by the EU and gives a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and profit of the group as required by DTR 4.2.4R;

-- the half yearly report includes a fair review of the information required by:

(a) DTR 4.2.7R of the Disclosure and Transparency Rules, being an indication of important events that have occurred during the first six months of the financial year and their impact on the condensed set of financial

statements; and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the year; and

(b) DTR 4.2.8R of the Disclosure and Transparency Rules, being related party transactions that have taken place in the first six months of the current financial year and that have materially affected the financial position or performance of the entity during that period.

For and on behalf of the Board

WayneBulpitt

Chairman, APQ Global Limited

30 September 2019

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (UNAUDITED)

For the six months ended 30 June 2019

 
                                                         For the six     For the six 
                                                          months ended    months ended 
                                                  Note    30 June 2019    30 June 2018 
                                                         $               $ 
 
 Turnover                                       4        6,265,886       4,885 
 
 Net loss on financial assets at fair 
  value through profit and loss                 11       (4,532,368)     (13,492,036) 
 
 Administrative expenses                        5        (2,002,185)     (991,473) 
 
 Operating loss for the period before 
  tax                                                    (268,667)       (14,478,624) 
 
 Interest receivable                            6        350,046         693,170 
 
 Interest payable                               7        (1,135,266)     (1,148,292) 
 
 Loss on ordinary activities before taxation             (1,053,887)     (14,933,746) 
 
 Tax on loss on ordinary activities                      -               - 
 
 Loss on ordinary activities after taxation 
  for the financial period                               (1,053,887)     (14,933,746) 
 
 Basic and diluted earnings per share           8        (0.01348)       (0.19132) 
 
 

The notes on pages 13 to 24 form an integral part of the Financial Statements.

There is no other comprehensive income.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION (UNAUDITED)----

As at 30 June 2019

 
                                                          30 June        31 December 
                                                           2019           2018 
                                                   Note   $              $ 
 
 Assets 
 Non-current assets 
 Property, plant and equipment                     10     21,971         25,721 
 Leased assets                                     17     123,713        - 
 Investments                                       11     103,898,757    74,154,302 
                                                         -------------  ---------------------- 
 Total non-current assets                                 104,044,441    74,180,023 
 
 Current assets 
 Trade and other receivables                       12     1,012,124       33,839,280 
 Cash and cash equivalents                                570,132         511,871 
                                                         -------------  ---------------------- 
 Total current assets                                     1,582,256      34,351,151 
 
 Total assets                                             105,626,697    108,531,174 
                                                         =============  ====================== 
 
 
 Current liabilities 
 Trade and other payables                          13     (868,425)      (253,384) 
                                                         -------------  ---------------------- 
 Total current liabilities                                (868,425)      (253,384) 
 
 Long term liabilities 
 Long term lease liabilities                       17     (41,064)       - 
 3.5% Convertible Unsecured Loan Stock             14     (32,257,873)   (31,834,626) 
                                                         -------------  ---------------------- 
 Total long-term liabilities                              (32,298,937)   (31,834,626) 
 
 Net assets                                               72,459,335     76,443,164 
                                                         =============  ====================== 
 
 Equity 
 Share capital                                     15     99,664,954     99,596,856 
 Equity component of 3.5% Convertible Unsecured 
  Loan Stock                                       14     6,919,355                  6,919,355 
 Other capital reserves                                   295,088        264,076 
 Retained earnings                                        (29,492,549)   (25,409,610) 
 Exchange reserve                                         (4,927,513)    (4,927,513) 
 
 Total equity                                             72,459,335     76,443,164 
                                                         =============  ====================== 
 
 Net asset value per ordinary share                       92.67c         97.84c 
                                                         =============  ====================== 
 

The Financial Statements were approved by the Board of Directors of APQ Global Limited and signed on September 2019 on its behalf by:

    ___________________                    ___________________ 
   Bart Turtelboom                                  Wesley Davis 
   Chief Executive Officer                     Director 
   Date:    September 2019 

The notes on pages 13 to 24 form an integral part of the Financial Statements.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY (UNAUDITED)

For the six months ended 30 June 2019

 
 
                                             CULS equity     Other 
                                             component       capital    Retained       Exchange 
                           Share capital     $               reserves    earnings       reserve        Total 
                            $                                $           $              $               $ 
 
 
 
 
   At 1 January 2018       99,494,707        4,285,225       -          1,141,163        (4,927,513)   99,993,582 
 
 Comprehensive income 
  for the period 
 Loss for the period       -               -               -            (14,933,746)   -               (14,933,746) 
 
 Total comprehensive 
  income for the period    99,494,707        4,285,225       -          (13,792,583)   (4,927,513)     85,059,836 
 
 Contributions by 
  and distributions 
  to owners 
 CULS equity component     -               2,634,130       -            -              -               2,634,130 
 Dividends                 -               -               -            (3,291,184)    -               (3,291,184) 
 
 As at 30 June 2018        99,494,707      6,919,355       -            (17,083,767)   (4,927,513)     84,402,782 
                          ==============  ==============  ===========  =============  ==============  ============= 
 
 
 At 1 January 2019         99,596,856      6,919,355       264,076      (25,409,610)   (4,927,513)     76,443,164 
 
 Comprehensive income 
  for the period 
 Loss for the period       -               -               -            (1,053,887)    -               (1,053,887) 
 
 Total comprehensive 
  income for the period    99,596,856        6,919,355       264,076    (26,463,497)   (4,927,513)     75,389,277 
 
 Contributions by 
  and distributions 
  to owners 
 Share based payments      -               -               105,846      -              -               105,846 
 Share based payments 
  settled in cash          -               -               (6,736)      -              -               (6,736) 
 Issue of share awards     68,098          -               (68,098)     -              -               - 
 Dividends                 -               -               -            (3,029,052)    -               (3,029,052) 
 
 As at 30 June 2019        99,664,954      6,919,355       295,088      (29,492,549)   (4,927,513)     72,459,335 
                          ==============  ==============  ===========  =============  ==============  ============= 
 
 

The notes on pages 13 to 24 form an integral part of the Financial Statements.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOW (UNAUDITED)

For the six months ended 30 June 2019

 
                                                           For the six     For the six 
                                                            months ended    months ended 
                                                            30 June 2019    30 June 2018 
                                                    Note   $               $ 
 Cash flow from operating activities 
 
 Cash generated from operations 
 Loss for the financial period                             (1,053,887)     (14,933,746) 
 Adjustments for non-cash income and expenses 
 Equity settled share-based payments                16     105,846         - 
 Depreciation                                       10     6,885           5,713 
 Net loss on financial assets at fair value 
  through profit and loss                           11     4,532,368       13,492,036 
 Changes in operating assets and liabilities 
 Increase in trade and other receivables            12     (894,705)       (21,016) 
 Increase/(decrease) in trade and other payables    13     532,392         (230,259) 
                                                          --------------  -------------- 
 Cash generated/(used in) from operations                  3,228,899       (1,687,272) 
 
 Interest receivable                                6      (350,046)       (693,170) 
 Interest payable                                   7      1,135,266       1,148,292 
 
 Net cash inflow/(outflow) from operating 
  activities                                               4,014,119       (1,232,150) 
 
 Cash flow from investing activities 
 Payments to acquire investments                    11     (904,466)       - 
 Payments to acquire property, plant and 
  equipment                                         10     (3,135)         (19,019) 
 Interest received                                  6      350,046         693,170 
 Loan to APQ Cayman Limited                         12     349,504         (9,177,615) 
 
 Net cash outflow from investing activities                (208,051)       (8,503,464) 
 
 Cash flow from financing activities 
 Equity component of CULS                           14     -               2,634,130 
 Issue of CULS                                      14     -               9,936,752 
 Equity dividends paid                              9      (3,029,052)     (3,291,184) 
 Interest on CULS                                   14     (681,109)       (684,506) 
 Cash settled share-based payments                  16     (6,736)         - 
 
 Net cash (outflow)/inflow from financing 
  activities                                               (3,716,897)     8,595,192 
 
 Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents                 89,171          (1,140,422) 
 
 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of 
  period                                                   511,871         4,005,434 
 Exchange rate fluctuation on CULS                  14     (30,910)        - 
 Cash and cash equivalents at end of period                570,132         2,865,012 
                                                          ==============  ============== 
 
 
 Non-current loans and borrowings 
 Brought forward                      31,834,626   22,135,311 
 Cash flows                           (681,109)    10,628,741 
 Non cash flows                       1,104,356    (228,203) 
 Closing balance                      32,257,873   32,535,849 
                                     -----------  ----------- 
 

The notes on pages 13 to 24 form an integral part of the Financial Statements.

NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

For the six months ended 30 June 2019

1. Corporate information

The interim consolidated financial statements of APQ Global Limited (the "Group") for the six months ended 30 June 2019 were authorised for issue in accordance with a resolution of the Board of Directors on 30 September 2019. The Company is incorporated as a limited company in Guernsey. The Company was incorporated on 10 May 2016 for an unlimited duration in accordance with the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008. The Company's registered office is at 1st Floor, Tudor House, Le Bordage, St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 1DB.

The objective of the Company is to steadily grow its earnings to seek to deliver attractive returns and capital growth through a combination of building growing businesses in emerging markets as well as earning revenue from income generating operating activities.

The Company and its subsidiaries have no investment restrictions and no maximum exposure limits will apply to any investments made by the Group, unless otherwise determined and set by the Board from time to time. No material change will be made to the Company's or subsidiaries objective or investing policy without the approval of Shareholders by ordinary resolution.

The Group's investment activities are managed by the Board.

The shares are quoted on The International Stock Exchange for informational purposes. The ordinary shares are admitted to trading on AIM.

2. Significant accounting policies

2.1 Basis of preparation

These interim consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting. They do not include all disclosures that would otherwise be required in a complete set of financial statements and should be read in conjunction with the 2018 Annual Report.

Taking account of the financial resources available to the Company, the directors believe that the Company is well placed to manage its business risks successfully despite the current uncertain economic outlook. After making enquiries the directors have a reasonable expectation that the Company has adequate resources for the foreseeable future, a period of not less than twelve months from the date of this report. Accordingly, they continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the condensed financial statements.

2.2 Basis of accounting

APQ Global Limited has applied the same accounting policies and methods of computation in its interim consolidated financial statements as in its 2018 annual financial statements, except for those that relate to new standards and interpretations effective for the first time for periods beginning on (or after) 1 January 2019 and will be adopted in the 2019 annual financial statements. The only new standard impacting the Group that will be adopted in the annual financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2019, and which have given rise to changes in the Group's accounting policies is IFRS 16 "Leases".

On 1 January 2019, the Group adopted all of the requirements of IFRS 16 - Leases. IFRS 16 Leases was issued in January 2016 and provides a single lessee accounting model, requiring lessees to recognize assets and liabilities for all leases unless the lease term is 12 months or less or the underlying asset has a low value.

To determine the split between principal and interest in the lease the Company is required to estimate the interest it would have to pay in order to finance payments under the new lease. The interest rate used by the Company is based on the implicit interest rate utilised in calculating the Company's most recent issue of convertible loan stock. The impact of the estimated interest rate is currently considered to be immaterial to the financial statements, but the Directors will review this approach as appropriate.

The Group has taken advantage of the transition exemptions available on the implementation of IFRS 16 and have adopted the modified retrospective approach. This will mean that the Group has not needed to restate the comparatives stated in these financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2018 in the 2019 interim consolidated financial statements. The effect of the adoption of IFRS 16 has resulted in the increase of both assets and liabilities by $124k and accelerated the expense recognised within the Statement of Comprehensive Income.

NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

For the six months ended 30 June 2019

2. Significant accounting policies (continued)

2.3 Functional and presentational currency

As of 1 January 2017, the Company changed its presentational and functional currency from Pounds Sterling to US Dollars.

During the year ended 31 December 2017, the Company also changed the currency in which it presents its financial statements from Pounds Sterling to US Dollars, to bring the presentational currency in line with its functional currency. A change in presentational currency is a change in accounting policy which is accounted for retrospectively.

2.4 Fair value measurement

The Company measures its investment in APQ Cayman Limited at fair value at each reporting date, which is considered to be the carrying value of the net assets of APQ Cayman Limited. APQ Cayman Limited measures its underlying investments at fair value.

Fair value is the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. The fair value measurement is based on the presumption that the transaction to sell the asset or transfer the liability takes place either in the principal market for the asset or liability or, in the absence of a principal market, in the most advantageous market for the asset or liability. The principal or the most advantageous market must be accessible to the Company. The fair value of an asset or a liability is measured using the assumptions that market participants would use when pricing the asset or liability, assuming that market participants act in their economic best interest.

The fair value for financial instruments traded in active markets at the reporting date is based on their quoted price (bid price for long positions and ask price for short positions), without any deduction for transaction costs. For all other financial instruments not traded in an active market, the fair value is determined by using valuation techniques deemed to be appropriate in the circumstances. Valuation techniques include the market approach (i.e., using recent arm's length market transactions adjusted as necessary and reference to the current market value of another instrument that is substantially the same) and the income approach (i.e., discounted cash flow analysis and option pricing models making as much use of available and supportable market data as possible).

For assets and liabilities that are measured at fair value on a recurring basis, the Company identifies transfers between levels in the hierarchy by re-assessing the categorisation (based on the lowest level input that is significant to the fair value measurement as a whole), and deems transfers to have occurred at the beginning of each reporting period.

3. Segment Information

For management purposes, the Group is organised into one main operating segment, which invests in equities and credit, government and local currency bonds. All of the Group's activities are interrelated, and each activity is dependent on the others. Accordingly, all significant operating decisions are based upon analysis of the Group as one segment. The financial results from this segment are equivalent to the financial statements of the Group as a whole.

The following table analyses the Group's assets by geographical location. The basis for attributing the assets are the place of listing for the securities or for non-listed securities, country of domicile.

 
                    30 June       31 December 
                     2019          2018 
  Group             $             $ 
 
 Cayman             102,227,611   107,109,483 
 United Kingdom     461,313       417,338 
 Guernsey           2,937,773     1,004,353 
 
                    105,626,697   108,531,174 
                   ============  ============ 
 

NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

For the six months ended 30 June 2019

4. Analysis of turnover

 
                                                 For the six     For the six 
                                                  months ended    months ended 
                                                  30 June 2019    30 June 2018 
                                                 $               $ 
 
 Dividends received from APQ Cayman Limited      5,963,216       - 
 Rental income                                   (674)           4,885 
 Other income from BARTR business operations     303,344         - 
 
                                                 6,265,886       4,885 
                                                ==============  ============== 
 

5. Analysis of administrative expenses

 
                                                  For the six     For the six 
                                                   months ended    months ended 
                                                   30 June 2019    30 June 2018 
                                                  $               $ 
 
 Personnel expenses                               239,620         170,383 
 Finance lease expenses                           45,168          - 
 Operating lease expenses                         -               49,743 
 Depreciation expenses                            6,885           5,713 
 Audit fees                                       48,350          42,463 
 Audit related services                           8,273           6,931 
 Nominated advisor fees                           32,424          48,755 
 Expenses incurred in relation to investment 
 in BARTR Holdings Limited                        599,097         - 
 Administration fees and expenses                 94,035          35,068 
 Director's fees for Bart Turtelboom              38,927          62,158 
 Director's fees for Wayne Bulpitt                26,130          20,575 
 Director's fees for Richard Bray                 -               20,575 
 Director's fees for Philip Soulsby               11,334          12,001 
 Director's fees for Wesley Davis                 36,000          - 
 Other expenses                                   191,058         133,232 
 Professional fees                                389,720         286,272 
 Share based payment expenses                     105,846         - 
 Insurance                                        5,500           5,824 
 Recharge of expenses to APQ Cayman Limited       (171,751)       - 
 Net exchange losses                              295,569         91,780 
 
                                                  2,002,185       991,473 
                                                 ==============  ============== 
 
 

6. Interest receivable

 
                                              For the six     For the six 
                                               months ended    months ended 
                                               30 June 2019    30 June 2018 
                                              $               $ 
 
 Loan interest receivable from APQ Cayman 
  Limited (note 12)                           350,046         693,132 
 Bank interest received                       -               38 
 
                                              350,046         693,170 
                                             ==============  ============== 
 

NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

For the six months ended 30 June 2019

7. Interest payable

 
                                            For the six     For the six 
                                             months ended    months ended 
                                             30 June 2019    30 June 2018 
                                            $               $ 
 
 Interest on 3.5% Convertible Unsecured 
  Loan Stock 2024                           1,135,266       1,148,292 
                                           ==============  ============== 
 

8. Earnings Per Share

The basic and diluted earnings per shares are calculated by dividing the profit or loss by the average number of ordinary shares outstanding during the period.

 
                                               For the six     For the six 
                                                months ended    months ended 
                                                30 June 2019    30 June 2018 
                                               $               $ 
 
 Total comprehensive income for the period     (1,053,887)     (14,933,746) 
 Average number of shares in issue             78,170,417      78,055,000 
 
 Earnings per share                            (0.01348)       (0.19132) 
                                              ==============  ============== 
 

For the current period the effect of share awards vested but not yet issued is not dilutive as the effect of this dilution would be to decrease the loss per share. For the prior period there was no dilution per ordinary share.

9. Dividends

Dividends were declared in the period ended 30 June 2019 as follows:

 
                                                                              Dividend 
                                                                               per share   Dividend 
                    Ex-dividend      Payment date    Dividend      Dividend    (GBP)        per share 
                     date                             (GBP)        ($)                      ($) 
 
                    31 January 
 First dividend      2019          1 March 2019      1,172,420   1,511,601    0.015        0.020 
                   -------------  ----------------  ----------  -----------  -----------  ----------- 
 Second dividend    2 May 2019     31 May 2019       1,172,818   1,517,451    0.015        0.020 
                   -------------  ----------------  ----------  -----------  -----------  ----------- 
 
                                                     2,345,238   3,029,052    0.030        0.040 
  ------------------------------------------------  ----------  -----------  -----------  ----------- 
 

The stated dividend policy of the Company is to target an annualised dividend yield of 6% based on the Placing Issue Price. The past two dividend payments of GBP0.015 are on target with the stated policy. In addition, the Company declared a further dividend of 1.5 pence (1.95 cent) per share on 18 July 2019 in respect of the quarter ended 30 June 2019.

There is no guarantee that any dividends will be paid in respect of any financial period. The ability to pay dividends is dependent on a number of factors including the level of income returns from the Group's investments. There can be no guarantee that the Group will achieve the target rates of return referred to in this document or that it will not sustain any capital losses through its activities.

NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

For the six months ended 30 June 2019

10. Property, plant and equipment

 
                             Office       Furniture       Leasehold 
                              equipment    and fixtures    improvements     Total 
                             $            $               $               $ 
 Cost 
 At 1 January 2019           58,021       19,352          34,588          111,961 
 Additions during the 
  period                     3,135        -               -               3,135 
 At 30 June 2019             61,156       19,352          34,588          115,096 
                            ===========  ==============  ==============  ======== 
 
 Accumulated depreciation 
 At 1 January 2019           37,676       13,976          34,588          86,240 
 Charge for the period       6,013        872             -               6,885 
 At 30 June 2019             43,689       14,848          34,588          93,125 
                            ===========  ==============  ==============  ======== 
 
 Net book value 
 At 30 June 2019             17,467       4,504           -               21,971 
                            ===========  ==============  ==============  ======== 
 
 At 31 December 2018         20,345       5,376           -               25,721 
                            ===========  ==============  ==============  ======== 
 

11. Investments

 
                                             APQ Corporate 
                                              Services         BARTR 
                        APQ                   Limited          Holdings 
                         Cayman Limited                        Limited           Total 
                        $                    $               $                 $ 
 At 1 January 2019              73,387,622           -               766,680           74,154,302 
 Additions              33,372,357           904,466         -                 34,276,823 
 Fair value movement    (4,532,368)          -               -                 (4,532,368) 
 
                        102,227,611          904,466         766,680           103,898,757 
                       ===================  ==============  ================  =================== 
 

APQ Cayman Limited was acquired during the year ended 31 December 2016. APQ Global Limited wholly owns APQ Cayman Limited whose registered office of the Company is at the offices of Mourant Ozannes Corporate Services (Cayman) Limited, 94 Solaris Avenue, Camana Bay, PO Box 1348, Grand Cayman KY1-1108, Cayman Islands. The Company meets the definition of an investment entity. Therefore, it does not consolidate APQ Cayman Limited and recognises it as an investment at fair value through profit or loss.

APQ Global Limited is the managing partner of APQ Partners LLP whose registered office is at 22-23 Old Burlington Street, London, W1S 2JJ. This subsidiary is consolidated into the group financial statements.

On the 19 November 2018, the Company invested $766,680 in BARTR Holdings Limited, a company incorporated in England and Wales, whose registered office is Tobias House St. Marks Court, Thornaby, Stockton-On-Tees, United Kingdom, TS17 6QW. This capital interest represents a 40% shareholding and equivalent voting rights. BARTR Holdings Limited wholly owns two subsidiaries, BARTR Connect Limited, whose registered office is Tobias House St. Marks Court, Thornaby, Stockton-On-Tees, Stockton-On-Tees, United Kingdom, TS17 6QW, and BARTR Technologies Limited, whose registered office is 156 Great Charles Street Queensway, Birmingham, England, B3 3HN, the Company therefore has an indirect 40% interest in these subsidiaries.

On 10 January 2019, the Company incorporated a wholly owned subsidiary APQ Corporate Services Limited for the purpose of acting as a holding company for new investments. In addition, on 1 March 2019, the Company incorporated a wholly owned subsidiary APQ Knowledge Limited also for the purpose of acting as a holding company for new investments.

NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

For the six months ended 30 June 2019

11. Investments (continued)

On 21 December 2018, the Group entered into an agreement to purchase 100% of the following 5 entities; Palladium Trust Services, a Company incorporated in England and Wales, Palladium Trust Company (NZ) Limited, a company incorporated and domiciled in New Zealand, Palladium Corporate Service (Singapore) Pte Limited, a company incorporated and domiciled in Singapore, Palladium Finance Group Limited (Seychelles), a company incorporated and domiciled in the Seychelles and Palladium Trust Company (BVI) Limited, a company incorporated and domiciled in the British Virgin Islands. The completion of this purchase was finalised on 22 February 2019. The total consideration of the purchase agreement was $290,518 (GBP222,500). All 5 of the entities are 100% owned by APQ Corporate Services Limited.

On 26 February 2019, the Group entered into an agreement to purchase 100% of Frontier Consultancy Limited, a Company incorporated in England and Wales. The total consideration of the purchase agreement was $613,947 (GBP463,742). The entity is 100% owned by APQ Knowledge Limited.

On 12 April 2019, APQ Corporate Services Limited incorporated a wholly owned subsidiary, GEO Strategic Partners Limited, a Company incorporated in the Isle of Man.

Valuation techniques

APQ Cayman Limited has a portfolio of tradable assets and liabilities which it values at fair value using the same policies as the Company. The Company is able to redeem its holding of APQ Cayman Limited at its net asset value. Fair value of the investment in APQ Cayman Limited is therefore measured at its Net Asset Value.

The investment in BARTR Holdings Limited was completed on 19 November 2018. There have been no significant changes to the circumstances of BARTR Holdings Limited and its subsidiaries, or to wider market conditions. Its carrying value at acquisition therefore approximates its fair value.

The investment in APQ Corporate Services Limited was completed on 10 January 2019. There have been no significant changes to the circumstances of APQ Corporate Services Limited and its subsidiaries, or to wider market conditions. Its carrying value at acquisition therefore approximates its fair value.

Unlisted managed funds

The Company classifies its investments into the three levels of the fair value hierarchy based on:

Level 1: Quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities;

Level 2: Those involving inputs other than quoted prices included in Level 1 that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly (as prices) or indirectly (derived from prices); and

Level 3: Those with inputs for the asset or liability that are not based on observable market data (unobservable inputs).

The Company has classified its investments in APQ Cayman Limited, BARTR Holdings Limited and APQ Corporate Services Limited as level 3 because its net asset value is deemed to be an unobservable input. The most significant unobservable input used in the fair value of the investment in APQ Cayman is the NAV. The movement in the investments in the year are shown above. The movement of investments classified under level 3 is the same as the table above.

Sensitivity

The most significant unobservable input used in the fair value is the NAV of APQ Cayman Limited. A reasonable change of 5% in the NAV will have an impact of $5,111,381 (31 December 2018 - $3,669,381) on the fair value of the investment.

NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

For the six months ended 30 June 2019

12. Trade and other receivables

 
                                30 June     31 December 
                                 2019        2018 
                                $           $ 
 
 Trade debtors                  117,930     21,808 
 Loan to APQ Cayman 
  Limited                       -           33,721,861 
 Prepayments and accrued 
  income                        861,628     59,044 
 Other debtors                  32,566      36,567 
 
                                1,012,124   33,839,280 
                               ==========  ============ 
 
 

During the period, the Company converted the $33,372,357 loan with APQ Cayman Limited, from the proceeds of the CULS issue to an investment. In addition, the Company charged interest of $350,046 (six months ended 30 June 2018 - $693,132) to APQ Cayman Limited for the period ended 30 June 2019. This was fully received during the period and no balance was outstanding at period end. Interest is accrued on the outstanding balance of the loan at such rate as is required to enable the Company to meet its obligations to holders of its convertible unsecured loan stock 2024 in relation to the payment of interest thereon.

13. Trade and other payables

 
                                          30 June   31 December 
                                           2019      2018 
                                          $         $ 
 
 Trade creditors                          130,495   115,046 
 Other creditors                          63,262    37,315 
 Loan from APQ Corporate Services 
 Limited                                  98,258    - 
 Loan from APQ Knowledge Limited          424,348   - 
 Accruals                                 69,413    101,023 
 Finance lease liabilities                82,649    - 
 
                                          868,425   253,384 
                                         ========  ============ 
 
 

14. 3.5% Convertible Unsecured Loan Stock 2024

 
                                      Nominal number   Liability    Equity 
                                       of CULS          component    component 
                                      $                $            $ 
 
 As at 1 January 2019                 41,446,167       31,834,626   6,919,355 
 Amortisation of discount on issue                     1,135,266 
  and issue expenses                  -                             - 
 Interest paid during the period      -                (681,109)    - 
 Exchange differences                 -                (30,910)     - 
 
 As at 30 June 2019                   41,446,167       32,257,873   6,919,355 
                                     ===============  ===========  =========== 
 

NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

For the six months ended 30 June 2019

14. 3.5% Convertible Unsecured Loan Stock 2024 (continued)

At an Extraordinary General Meeting held on 4 September 2017, Resolutions were passed approving the issue of 4,018 3.5 per cent. convertible unsecured loan stock 2024 ("CULS") to raise GBP20,090,000 before expenses. The CULS were admitted to trading on the International Securities Market, the London Stock Exchange's market for fixed income securities and dealings commenced at 8.00 a.m. on 5 September 2017.

Following Admission there were 4,018 CULS in issue. Holders of the CULS are entitled to convert their CULS into Ordinary Shares on a quarterly basis throughout the life of the CULS, commencing 31 December 2017, and all outstanding CULS will be repayable at par (plus any accrued interest) on 30 September 2024. The initial conversion price is 105.358 pence, being a 10 per cent. premium to the unaudited Book Value per Ordinary Share on 31 July 2017. Following conversion of 80 per cent. or more of the nominal amount of the CULS originally issued, the Company will be entitled to require remaining CULS Holders to convert their outstanding CULS into Ordinary Shares after they have been given an opportunity to have their CULS redeemed.

On 22 January 2018, the Company raised a further GBP10,207,300 ($14,492,418) before expenses through the issue of 1,982 units of 3.5 per cent. convertible unsecured loan stock 2024 in denominations of GBP5,000 ($7,099) nominal each, at an issue price of GBP5,150 ($7,312) per unit.

15. Share Capital

The issued share capital of the Company is 78,187,891 ordinary shares of no par value listed on The International Stock Exchange and AIM.

Quantitative information about the Company's capital is provided in the statement of changes in equity and in the tables below.

The shares are entitled to dividends when declared and to payment of a proportionate share of the Companies net asset value on any approved redemption date or upon winding up of the Company.

The Company's objectives for managing capital are:

-- To invest the capital in investments meeting the description, risk exposure and expected return indicated in its listing documents.

-- To maintain sufficient liquidity to meet the expenses of the Company, pay dividends and to meet redemption requests as they arise.

   --           To maintain sufficient size to make the operation of the Company cost-efficient. 

-- The Board has authority to purchase up to 14.99 per cent. of the issued Ordinary Share capital of the Company. The Board intends to seek a renewal of this authority at each annual general meeting of the Company. No buy backs occurred during the period under review.

 
                                    Ordinary 
                                     shares 
                                    No           GBP          $ 
 
 As at 1 January 2019               78,134,735   76,697,133   99,596 856 
 
 Shares issued from share awards 
  during the period                 53,156       50,340       68,098 
 
 At 30 June 2019                    78,187,891   76,747,473   99,664,954 
                                   ===========  ===========  =========== 
 

During the period ended 30 June 2019, 53,156 (period ended 30 June 2018 - nil) shares were issued as part of the share award scheme as detailed in note 16.

NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

For the six months ended 30 June 2018

16. Share awards

On 19 April 2017 (and amended 17 July 2018), the Company established a share award scheme for the employees of the Company. The scheme grants the Board the authority to allot share awards or share options with service conditions attached. Share awards or options can only be awarded for performance periods whereby the book value per share (excluding dividend transactions) exceeds the book value per share for all previous performance period ends. The maximum amount of share awards or options is determined by reference to 20% of the increased performance of the current book value per share against all previous performance periods. The Board retains the right to settle these awards in either shares or cash.

The first share awards were granted in 2018 with respect to the performance period ended 31 December 2017.

 
                                             Fair value 
                                              of instrument 
                Type          No. of          granted                                  Final vesting 
 Grant date      of award      instruments    pence           Vesting conditions        date 
 
                                                               Awards vest quarterly 
                                                                over 5 years provided 
                                                                the employee is 
 1 January                                                      still in service        31 December 
  2018           Shares        584,141          128.11          of the Group.            2022 
 
 
                        Charge for                     Charge for 
                         awards to be                   awards to                   Total charge 
                         settled in                     be settled                   for share 
                         Equity                         in Cash                      based awards 
                        $                              $                            $ 
 
 At 1 January 2019                           366,225                       10,103                    376,328 
 
 Six month period 
  ended 
  30 June 2019                                99,110                        6,736                    105,846 
 
                                             465,335                       16,839                    482,174 
                       =============================  ===========================  ========================= 
 

Fair value for the award dated 1 January 2018 is calculated by reference to the fixed value of cash per share that the Board is at discretion to pay rather than settle the award in shares.

The unvested portion of the share awards currently granted is $266,170 (At 31 December 2018 - $372,016).

17. Leases

Operating lease commitments

The Company's subsidiary, APQ Partners LLP, leases office space and information with regards to this lease is outlined below:

 
 
  Rental lease asset                          $ 
 
 Leased asset recognised on adoption of 
  IFRS 16 on 1 January 2019                   164,951 
 Depreciation for the period                  (41,238) 
 
 At 30 June 2019                              123,713 
                                             ========= 
 

NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

For the six months ended 30 June 2019

17. Leases (continued)

 
                                               30 June 
  Future minimum undiscounted cash flows        2019 
                                               $ 
 
 Less than one year                            89,089 
 One to five years                             44,545 
 
                                               133,634 
                                              ======== 
 
 
 Lease liabilities in the Statement of 
  Financial Position                         $ 
 
 Current                                     82,649 
 Non-current                                 41,064 
 
                                             123,713 
                                            ======== 
 
 
 Charges in Statement of Comprehensive 
  Income                                     $ 
 
 Depreciation of lease asset                 41,239 
 Finance cost on lease liabilities           3,929 
 
 Finance lease expenses                      45,168 
                                            ======= 
 

18. Capital Management

The Group can raise new capital which may be implemented through the issue of a convertible debt instrument or such other form of equity or debt as may be appropriate. It also has a buy-back authority subject to a maximum buy-back of 14.99 per cent of the issued Ordinary Shares.

The Group's objectives for managing capital are:

   --              To invest the capital into investments through its subsidiary, APQ Cayman Limited. 

-- To maintain sufficient liquidity to meet the expenses of the Group and pay dividends.

   --              To maintain sufficient size to make the operation of the Group cost-effective. 

The Group may utilise borrowings in connection with its business activities. Although there is no prescribed limit in the Articles or elsewhere on the amount of borrowings that the Group may incur, the Directors will adopt a prudent borrowing policy and oversee the level and term of any borrowings of the Group and will review the position on a regular basis.

The Group's capital comprises:

 
                                                    30 June        31 December 
                                                     2019           2018 
                                                    $              $ 
 
 Share capital                                      99,664,954     99,596,856 
 Equity component of 3.5% Convertible Unsecured 
  Loan Stock 2024                                   6,919,355      6,919,355 
 Other capital reserves                             295,088        264,076 
 Retained earnings                                  (29,492,549)   (25,409,610) 
 Exchange reserve                                   (4,927,513)    (4,927,513) 
 
 Total shareholders' funds                          72,459,335     76,443,164 
                                                   =============  ============= 
 

NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

For the six months ended 30 June 2019

19. Related party transactions

Richard Bray was a director of the Company and its wholly owned subsidiary, APQ Cayman Limited, as well as being a director of Active Management Services Limited which is part of the Active Group as is Active Services (Guernsey) Limited.

Wayne Bulpitt founded the Active Group; he is also a shareholder of the Company.

Bart Turtelboom founded APQ Partners LLP and is also a director of APQ Cayman Limited as well as the largest shareholder of the Company.

The Directors are remunerated from the Company in the form of fees, payable monthly in arrears. Bart Turtelboom was entitled to an annual salary of GBP120,000 as Chief Executive Officer of the Company. From 1 April 2018 this was split between the Company and APQ Cayman Limited.

 
                                APQ Global Limited   APQ Global          APQ Cayman             Total 
                                 - Remuneration      Limited             Limited - 
                                                     - Share based       Remuneration 
                                                     remuneration 
                                $                    $                   $                      $ 
                                For       For        For      For        For      For           For       For the 
                                the        the       the       the       the       the          the       six 
                                six        six       six       six       six       six          six       months 
                                months     months    months    months    months    months       months    ended 
                                ended      ended     ended     ended     ended     ended        ended     30 June 
                                30 June    30 June   30        30 June   30        30 June      30 June   2018 
                                2019       2018      June      2018      June      2018         2019 
                                                     2019                2019 
               Chief 
 Bart           Executive 
  Turtelboom    Officer         38,927    62,158     84,677   -          38,927   20,141        162,531   82,299 
 Wayne         Non-Executive 
  Bulpitt       Chairman        26,130    20,575     -        -          -        -             26,130    20,575 
 Richard       Executive 
  Bray          Director        -         20,575     -        -          -        2,500         -         23,075 
 Wesley        Executive 
  Davis         Director        36,000    -          -        -          36,000   -             72,000    - 
 Philip        Non-Executive 
  Soulsby       Director        11,334    12,001     -        -          -        -             11,334    12,001 
 
                                112,391   115,309    84,677   -          74,927   22,641        271,995   137,950 
                               ========  =========  =======  =========  =======  ============  ========  ======== 
 

APQ Global Limited has incurred $47,397 (six months ended 30 June 2018 - $35,068) of fees and expenses to Active Services (Guernsey) Limited as administrator of the Company. As at 30 June 2019, APQ Global Limited owed $9,242 to Active Services (Guernsey) Limited (31 December 2018 - $11,261).

During the period, the Company converted the $33,372,357 loan with APQ Cayman Limited, from the proceeds of the CULS issue to an investment. In addition, the Company charged interest of $350,046 (six months ended 30 June 2018 - $693,132) to APQ Cayman Limited for the period ended 30 June 2019. This was fully received during the period and no balance was outstanding at period end. Interest is accrued on the outstanding balance of the loan at such rate as is required to enable the Company to meet its obligations to holders of its convertible unsecured loan stock 2024 in relation to the payment of interest thereon.

APQ Global Limited has supported APQ Cayman Limited by paying directors fees of $nil (six months ended 30 June 2018 - $833) during the period to Richard Bray as he was a director of both entities.

As described in the Listing Document, and under the terms of the Services Agreement, APQ Partners LLP assist the Board and the Group's management based in Guernsey with the implementation of its business strategy, provide research on business opportunities in emerging markets and provide support for cash management and risk management purposes. APQ Partners LLP are entitled to the reimbursement of expenses properly incurred on behalf of APQ Global Limited in connection with the provision of its services pursuant to the agreement. APQ Partners LLP has recharged expenses of $208,835 (six months ended 30 June 2018 - $311,579) to APQ Global Limited during the period. As at 30 June 2019, APQ Global Limited was owed $152,168 from APQ Partners LLP (31 December 2018 - $229,391). In both the current and prior period amounts have been eliminated on consolidation.

NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

For the six months ended 30 June 2019

19. Related party transactions (continued)

During the period, APQ Global Limited provided $210,000 (six months ended 30 June 2018 - $nil) to BARTR Connect Limited in the context of an investment in BARTR Holdings Limited, an entity over which the Company has significant influence. At 30 June 2019, $nil (31 December 2018 - $nil) was due to BARTR Connect Limited (See Note 11).

During the period, APQ Global Limited invested $290,518 in APQ Corporate Services Limited for its purchase of the 5 Palladium entities, which hasn't been paid in full as the purchase of the Palladium entities has a deferred payment schedule. In addition, APQ Global Limited provided funding of $144,464 to APQ Corporate Services Limited during the period. As at 30 June 2019, $98,258 (31 December 2018 - $nil) was due to APQ Corporate Services Limited (See Note 11).

During the period, APQ Global Limited invested $613,947 in APQ Knowledge Limited for its purchase of the Frontier Consultancy Limited, which hasn't been paid in full as the purchase of Frontier Consultancy Limited has a deferred payment schedule. As at 30 June 2019, $424,348 (31 December 2018 - $nil) was due to APQ Knowledge Limited (See Note 11).

20. Events after the reporting period

After the period end, a further dividend of 1.5 pence (1.95 cent) per share was declared on 18 July 2019 and was paid on 23 August 2019 in relation to the quarter ended 30 June 2019.

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