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City of London Group PLC Final Results

07/09/2022 7:00am

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City of London Group PLC

07 September 2022

7 September 2022

City of London Group plc

("COLG" or the "Company" or the "Group")

Final results

The Company announces its audited final results for the year ended 31 March 2022.

Business highlights

   --      Recognise Bank fully licensed in September 2021 

Recognise Bank achieved its objective of becoming a fully authorised bank in September 2021, allowing it to accept savings deposits.

   --      GBP100 million lending target met 

Recognise Bank hit its target of lending GBP100m to British businesses by the year end, just over six months after achieving full authorisation. This came from a pipeline of GBP1bn in lending proposals, evidence of the pent-up demand from SMEs.

   --      Personal savings products generated GBP95m in deposits at 31 March 2022 

Recognise Bank's saving products, which were first launched two days after receiving full authorisation in September 2021, proved popular with savers, including the market leading 5-year Fixed Rate account and 95 Day Notice account.

   --      Award winning technology and innovation 

Recognise Bank's digitally enabled relationship banking model won the top honour in the Fintech Finance Awards 2021, 'Wow! We can build a bank!', in partnership with Mambu, Recognise Bank's cloud banking provider. It was also named 'Best SME Bank 2021' in the SME News Finance Awards.

   --      Successful cash raises support Recognise Bank growth 

The Company raised GBP12.6m before expenses during the year from shareholders, including two of its major shareholders. Since the year end, these two shareholders have continued their support by investing a further GBP6.5m cash in the Company. The net proceeds, together with funds generated from the sale of non-core businesses and internally, have been invested in Recognise Bank to support its growth and investment in technology.

Financial highlights

GBP13.3m loss: Loss before tax after crediting profit of GBP0.3m from discontinued operations (2021: loss before tax GBP12.6m after absorbing costs of GBP2.5m from discontinued operations)

GBP101.1m: Loan book at 31 March 2022 (2021: GBP18.0m)

GBP95.0m: Deposits with Recognise Bank at 31 March 2022 (2021: GBP2k)

Philip Jenks, Chair of COLG, commented:

"This has been a defining year for the Company and its principal subsidiary, Recognise Bank. Our vison for creating a new kind of digital bank for the UK's 5.5 million small businesses has been realised with Recognise Bank achieving fully authorised status in September 2021. Recognise Bank built on this success during the rest of the year, and, by 31 March 2022, it had successfully loaned GBP100m to UK SME businesses and had attracted GBP95m in personal savings deposits.

"These considerable achievements are in line with the Group's strategy that was set when Recognise Bank began its journey towards a banking licence over four years ago. However, the banking sector has changed significantly since then, and Recognise Bank has taken steps to accelerate its digital capability with the creation of an Innovation Hub, which will build on the Bank's existing technology infrastructure to develop new and improved products and services to meet the needs of growing UK businesses, now and in the future.

"We have benefited from the continuing support of two of our cornerstone investors who subscribed GBP11.35m in September 2021 and invested a further GBP6.5m in cash in May 2022 following the exercise of warrants they had received in September 2021.

"The SME business sector that Recognise Bank supports is facing significant challenges in the current economic climate, which is why growing businesses need skilled, supportive lenders more than ever. With Recognise Bank's detailed understanding of SMEs and their financial needs, together with its expanding digital capability and no legacy book, the Bank is well-placed, under the leadership of recently appointed CEO, Jean Murphy, to pursue a strategy of growth and innovation to create new and innovative lending propositions for the SME sector."

LEI: 2138003UW63TMQ5ZFD85

For further information, please contact:

Enquiries

 
 City of London Group Plc                  +44 (0)20 3988 6504 
 David Jenkins (Group Finance Director) 
 Georgina Behrens (Group Counsel) 
  Georgina.Behrens@recognisebank.co.uk 
 
 Shore Capital (Nominated Adviser and 
  Broker) 
  Tom Griffiths 
  Guy Wiehahn 
  Iain Sexton                              +44 (0)20 7408 4090 
 
   For media enquiries, please contact: 
 Paul Beadle, Head of Communications, 
  Recognise Bank                           +44 (0)7801 105001 
 Paul.Beadle@recognisebank.co.uk 
 

This announcement has been approved on behalf of the board by Philip Jenks, Chair on 6 September 2022.

Copies of this announcement are available on the Company's website www.cityoflondongroup.com

Notes to Editors:

City of London Group Plc is quoted on AIM (TIDM: CIN) and is the parent company of Recognise Bank which focuses on serving the UK SME market. Recognise Bank is continuing its development as a digital bank through its recently created Innovation Hub which will develop new and improved products and services to meet the needs of growing UK businesses.

www.cityoflondongroup.com

Chair's statement

This has been a defining year for the City of London Group.

Over the last 12 months, our vision for creating a new kind of bank for the UK's 5.5 million small businesses has been realised with Recognise Bank achieving fully authorised status in September 2021.

Achieving full authorisation was pivotal for Recognise Bank which then built on this success during the rest of the year. Within a little more than six months, the Bank had successfully loaned GBP100m to UK SME businesses. Furthermore, having launched its first range of personal savings accounts within two days of becoming fully authorised, Recognise Bank had attracted GBP95m in personal savings deposits by the end of March.

These considerable achievements are in line with the Group's strategy that was set when Recognise Bank began its journey towards a banking licence over four years ago. However, the banking sector has changed significantly since then, and this year we signalled our intention to accelerate Recognise Bank's digital capability with the creation of an Innovation Hub, which will build on the Bank's existing technology infrastructure to develop new and existing products and services and create new revenue streams.

Capital and resources within Recognise Bank have been reallocated to support the creation of the Innovation Hub. As we move forward, I am confident we continue to have the right level of expertise and experience across all areas to ensure Recognise Bank will grow and thrive.

It is also pleasing to report that simplification of Group businesses in line with our strategy progressed during the year, with the divestment of non-core businesses being completed on the sale of Milton Homes in March. With all new lending now being delivered through Recognise Bank, the run-off of the loan and lease portfolios of our pre-existing lending businesses continued during the year. Funds generated from the sale of Milton Homes and the run-off of existing loan portfolios have been reinvested in the Bank to provide capital to support business development and technology investment.

Two of our cornerstone investors, Parasol V27 Limited and Max Barney Investments Limited, demonstrated their commitment and support when they subscribed, in aggregate, GBP11.35m in September 2021 and invested a further GBP6.5m in cash in May 2022 following exercise of the warrants they received in September 2021.

Governance

As Group activities have focused increasingly on Recognise Bank, the Board has sought to simplify the Group's governance arrangements. The operation of the boards of the Company and Recognise Bank has been streamlined as your directors are either non-executive directors or observers on the board of Recognise Bank. I am Chair of both companies.

At the executive level, the responsibilities of the Chief Financial Officer, Chief Risk Officer, Chief People Officer and Chief Technology Officer of Recognise Bank already extend across the Group. The Board resolved not to appoint a new Chief Executive Officer, following Michael Goldstein's resignation in March 2022. Instead, Jean Murphy, the recently appointed Chief Executive Officer of Recognise Bank, is extending her managerial responsibilities to the Company and David Jenkins, Chief Financial Officer, is providing additional managerial input as required.

AGM matters

The Board is seeking authority at the AGM to disapply pre-emption rights and allow it to issue up to 11,943,064 new shares, equivalent to approximately 10% of the capital of the Company in issue.

The Board does not recommend payment of a dividend.

Management changes

Michael Goldstein

Michael Goldstein stepped down from his role as Chief Executive Officer of the Company in March. Michael was instrumental in creating the environment in which the strategy to create a new SME bank for the UK could flourish, of course resulting in Recognise Bank.

On behalf of the Board, I want to thank Michael for his leadership and his commitment to realising the Recognise Bank vision he helped to create. We all wish him well for the future.

Jason Oakley

Jason Oakley, one of the co-founders of Recognise Bank, stepped down from his role as Chief Executive Officer of Recognise Bank in March 2022. Jason's drive helped to create Recognise Bank and ultimately enable it to achieve fully authorised status. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Jason for all his hard work and dedication over the last five years and wish him well for the future.

Jean Murphy

I am delighted to announce that Jean Murphy was appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer for Recognise Bank on 4 August 2022. Jean brings to the role experience of banking and capital markets, both of which are important to the Bank's future investment. Recognise Bank will also benefit from her entrepreneurial approach as she has previously built successful businesses.

Bryce Glover, who acted as Interim CEO prior to her appointment, continues as the Deputy CEO of Recognise Bank.

Environmental and sustainability matters

The Group is committed to ensuring its business promotes and supports positive environmental and sustainability goals. ln our Climate change section in the Annual Report, we summarise work already done on developing our lending risk assessment processes and on further work that is in progress.

We are conscious of our own responsibilities in this area and are in the process of setting internal targets to reduce energy consumption across the Group.

Outlook

While I remain confident of a positive future and continued growth for the Group, it is important to acknowledge we are in a period where many factors are making the future economic outlook, both in the UK and abroad, complex and difficult to predict.

The war in Ukraine has impacted the global economy, which in turn creates pressures here at home, such as rising energy costs, raw material and transport costs, alongside price increases for consumers who are facing their own financial challenges. Rising inflation and interest rates create a scenario not witnessed in the UK for many years.

The SME business sector that Recognise Bank supports remains strong and sentiment remains positive. The sector has initially recovered well from the COVID-19 pandemic, as companies take the opportunity to embrace different business practices or enter new markets. But challenges remain, both in terms of day-to-day operations and future investment plans. Lenders supporting this sector must be balanced in acknowledging the risks as well as the potential in the companies they support, and the funding deals they agree.

Recognise Bank's experienced management and workforce mean it will be able to navigate these challenges and continue lending. Moreover, with its detailed understanding of SMEs and their financial needs, together with its expanding digital capability and no legacy book, the Bank is well-placed to create new and innovative lending solutions for ambitious and successful companies.

I would like to put on record my appreciation of the hard work of all the team and constant support from our major shareholders and the commitment of my colleagues.

Philip Jenks

Chair

6 September 2022

Strategic report

The Company's banking subsidiary, Recognise Bank, traded as a bank throughout the year ended 31 March 2022. After receiving a full UK banking licence in September 2021, Recognise Bank was able to accept savings deposits, and expanded its activities significantly in the second half of the year. With all new lending being made through Recognise Bank, the Group's other lending companies continued to run-off their existing portfolios, with the Property & Funding Solutions Ltd ("PFS") run-off being completed by the year end. The divestment of the Group's two non-core businesses was completed during the year. Acorn to Oaks Financial Services Limited was sold on 1 April 2021 and the sale of Milton Homes Limited was completed on 10 March 2022 after regulatory approval for the change in control had been received. Under the Milton Homes sale agreement, all profits earned after 31 March 2021 were retained by Milton Homes for the benefit of the purchaser.

A review of each business is included below.

Financial summary

The consolidated results before tax of the businesses in the Group are shown below:

 
                                                                 2022        2021 
                                                              GBP'000     GBP'000 
                                                                       (note (a)) 
-----------------------------------------------------------  --------  ---------- 
Banking activities                                           (12,444)     (7,812) 
Loan, lease and professions financing 
  Asset based finance, commercial and 
   professional loans                                             341       (297) 
  Property bridging finance                                       308         109 
Other                                                            (14)         (7) 
Holding company                                               (1,836)     (2,112) 
-----------------------------------------------------------  --------  ---------- 
Loss before tax from continuing operations                   (13,645)    (10,119) 
Profit/(loss) before tax from discontinued 
 operations (b)                                                   360     (2,528) 
-----------------------------------------------------------  --------  ---------- 
                                                             (13,285)    (12,647) 
-----------------------------------------------------------  --------  ---------- 
(a) Prior year figures have been reclassified within the Financial 
 summary: the results previously reported are unchanged (note 
 1). 
 (b) Includes reduction of GBP320,000 in impairment loss on disposal 
 (2021: impairment loss of GBP6,657,000 on remeasurement of assets 
 on transfer to disposal groups). 
On a consolidated basis the key performance indicators for the 
 Group are: 
                                                                 2022        2021 
                                                              GBP'000     GBP'000 
-----------------------------------------------------------  --------  ---------- 
Loan book at year end                                         101,054      17,996 
-----------------------------------------------------------  --------  ---------- 
Deposits with Recognise Bank at year end                       94,994           2 
-----------------------------------------------------------  --------  ---------- 
 
 

The results for the year reflect the transition of the Group in line with its core strategy. The Group's commercial activities are now undertaken through Recognise Bank, which was able to expand its activities significantly in the second half of the year after receiving a full UK banking licence in September 2021. Recognise Bank lent GBP100m of commercial loans in the period to 31 March 2022.

Recognise Bank's loss of GBP12,444,000 reflects the costs incurred in developing the business over the year and is in line with the Board's expectations.

As a consequence of setting up the Innovation Hub, Recognise Bank has reallocated resources within the business over the medium term and realigned some of its activities, with a resulting reduction in headcount. As the Bank continues to pursue its business plan, we will see overall headcount increase.

The run-off of the existing loan and lease portfolios of PFS and CAML/PFL continued smoothly during the year, with both businesses reporting profits. The run-off of the PFS portfolio was completed in March 2022 with the final loan being novated to Recognise Bank. The results of CAML/PFL reflect the release of existing provisions carried under IFRS 9.

The holding company's results include AIM listing and other head office costs.

The 2021 Group results included an impairment loss of GBP6,543,000 on the remeasurement of assets when Milton Homes was reclassified as a business held for sale with an estimated fair value, net of disposal costs, of GBP8,450,000. The net amount realised on completion of the sale in March 2022 was GBP8,770,000 and, accordingly, the results for this year include a credit of GBP320,000.

Current activities

Recognise Bank is continuing to develop its business in line with its business plan and is monitoring closely the effect of both the war in Ukraine and UK economic pressures on its SME customers. The additional capital invested in Recognise Bank by COLG this year will support development, including that of the Innovation Hub, and growing the lending book.

Since the year-end, Recognise Bank has launched its Business Savings range of accounts, which has proved to be popular with SMEs. lnterest rates offered to both business and personal savers remain attractive as these have been increased following increases in the Bank of England base rate. The Bank had deposits of GBP100m at 30 June 2022, in large part due to these two factors.

Following its establishment in March, the Innovation Hub is in the process of developing its first new products and processes for delivery and implementation in the second half of the year. To support the Innovation Hub, recruitment of expertise is in progress and new supplier relationships are being put in place.

Review of the businesses

Recognise Bank Limited ("Recognise Bank") - Bank focused on UK SME market

   (a)      Business review 

It was a major achievement for Recognise Bank to become a fully authorised UK bank in September 2021 within ten months of receiving Approval with Restrictions (AwR). It shows the strength and determination of Recognise Bank's management team to deliver on its strategy within the timescales it had set, against the backdrop of a challenging economic environment.

Little more than six months after full authorisation, Recognise Bank achieved the milestone of making GBP100m of commercial loans and receiving GBP95m in savings deposits.

This was proof that Recognise Bank's digitally enabled relationship banking model is needed by a sector still recovering from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. While many mainstream banks continued to underserve the SME market, either focusing only on big-ticket loans for larger businesses or forcing their smaller customers to apply for funding via faceless call centres or algorithm-driven online forms, Recognise Bank built relationships with over 60 commercial finance brokers, generating over GBP1 billion in lending requests over the period.

These relationships give Recognise Bank an insight into the shifting needs of commercial borrowers, driving product innovation and expanding the lending proposition beyond the initial line-up of commercial property loans, working capital loans and bridging loans. In November 2021, Recognise Bank launched an innovative Professional Buy-to-Let (PBTL) loan designed for experienced property owners and investors.

This new product was created to support the growing number of professional landlords who need a lender that understands the complex nature of property investment, as well as having the flexibility to support the acquisition and re-finance of portfolios containing different property types. As regulation in the buy-to-let sector increases, with far-reaching changes to the Government's Energy Performance Certification (EPC) regime, and tax benefits are reduced, we believe the market will become ever more professional as it becomes far less appealing to smaller landlords. Property investors will need the support of experienced lenders who not only appreciate their funding needs, but also the fast-changing private rental sector, for both residential and commercial properties.

These factors are ushering in a quiet revolution in property and property finance, and the successful lenders will be those that offer their customers added-value services, as well as cost-effective lending. Anticipating this, and demonstrating its insight and innovation, Recognise Bank partnered with property-tech pioneer Rent Chief to provide buy-to-let borrowers and PBTL customers with a number of digital tools.

Available on the Recognise Bank website, these tools help property investors research the locations and types of property they are considering acquiring, providing real-time access to property prices and rental incomes, as well as forecasting rental yields and return on investment

However, Recognise Bank is not just a lender. After receiving full approval from the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and the removal of deposit restrictions in September 2021, Recognise Bank unveiled a range of personal savings accounts two days later. A number of Recognise Bank's new products topped the best buy tables in an extremely competitive savings market.

The 95 Day Notice Account proved particularly popular with savers searching for a decent return on their money without having to lock their cash away for months or years. When the Bank of England finally increased the Base Rate in December 2021 after years of low interest rates, Recognise Bank passed the rise on in full to its variable rate savers.

This helped the Bank build a strong presence with savers, the media and commentators in a busy savings marketplace which is often notable for new entrants offering headline grabbing rates for a short period of time.

By the end of the financial year, Recognise Bank had attracted GBP95m in personal savings deposits. Recognise Bank's focus on savings products continued with the introduction of a range of Business Savings products in early April 2022. At a time when many big banks were paying their business savings customers as little as 0.01% AER, Recognise Bank offered SMEs better value, competitive rates and straightforward management of their business savings accounts.

Recognise Bank's lending success is a testament to its technology infrastructure, combining the very best of cutting edge fintech partners like Mambu and nCino. This enables Recognise Bank to be flexible, developing new services and quickly responding to the changing needs of SME customers.

Building on this capability, Recognise Bank announced in March the creation of what has been initially dubbed the "Innovation Hub" or the "Hub" - a new environment designed to accelerate the Bank's digital capability and drive innovation. The Hub will help develop new and improved products and services for new and existing customers, as well as helping to deliver cost efficiencies. Importantly, the Hub will operate as a technology "greenhouse" to research and develop brand new revenue streams for Recognise Bank.

Overseen by Recognise Bank's Chief Technology Officer (CTO), the Hub will be home to Recognise Bank's own technologists, as well as having strategic partnerships with accelerators and start-ups and with leading tech consultancies and development firms. Recruitment is well underway, bringing new talent and creative thinking to the Bank.

The last 12 months also saw the handing over of the baton of a driving force in the Recognise Bank journey so far. After nearly five years at the helm, co-founder Jason Oakley stepped down as CEO in March 2022, having successfully led Recognise Bank to full authorisation status. His fellow co-founder and former Deputy CEO, Bryce Glover, acted as Interim CEO until Jean Murphy was appointed as the new CEO on 4 August 2022.

   (b)      Financial review 
 
 GBP'000                       2022      2021 
------------------------  ---------  -------- 
 Total operating income       1,240        44 
 Loss before tax           (12,444)   (7,812) 
------------------------  ---------  -------- 
 

The loss, which is in line with the Board's expectations, reflects the expansion in Recognise Bank's level of activities over the year. The executive team continues to monitor costs and the timing of expenditure carefully, as it has done throughout this journey.

A further GBP22.95m was invested by COLG in Recognise Bank during the year to facilitate Recognise Bank's development by increasing its capital base to support lending activities. Having met the technical conditions set by the PRA to exit mobilisation in June 2021, full authorisation as a bank was granted in September 2021 after capital adequacy conditions had been met. As explained in the business review, Recognise Bank took advantage of the opportunities this afforded to the business and, by 31 March 2022, it had made GBP100m of commercial loans and customer deposits had reached GBP95m.

Recognise Bank is continuing to work to develop its business in line with its strategy and business plan, having a regional presence in the North West, Yorkshire, the Midlands and the South. It does not have the potential problems associated with a legacy loan book and hence can concentrate on meeting the needs of its SME customers and building a quality loan portfolio.

Other lending businesses - in run-off

(a) Business review

Prior to the decision by the Board in March 2020 to place all new lending through Recognise Bank, PFS provided short-term property bridging and development finance to commercial customers. CAML was a business to business provider of debt finance to UK SMEs, providing asset backed finance and commercial loans to SMEs and, through PFL, loans to professional practice firms.

Both businesses began the run-off of their existing loan portfolios at the start of the pandemic in March 2020 which has continued in line with expectations from that date. The run-off of the PFS loan portfolio was completed during the year while the weighted average period to maturity of the CAML and PFL portfolios was eighteen months at the year-end. A review of the financial performance of each business in the year is given below.

(b) Financial reviews

Credit Asset Management Limited ("CAML") and Professions Funding Limited ("PFL")

 
 GBP'000                     2022   2021 
---------------------------  ----  ----- 
 Total operating income       282    745 
 Profit/ (loss) before tax    341  (297) 
---------------------------  ----  ----- 
 

CAML and PFL made a profit before tax of GBP341k (2021: loss of GBP297k). Total operating income has reduced significantly as the run-off of the loan and lease portfolios continues.

Although the effects of COVID-19 and repeated lockdown restrictions on the UK economy were more prolonged and severe than initially expected, the resilience of the CAML and PFL loan and lease portfolios is such that it was possible to release provisions of GBP454k during the year while retaining provisions that allow for possible increases in future defaults due to pressures on SMEs arising from the war in Ukraine, as well as from the COVID-19 pandemic.

CAML and PFL maintained scheduled repayments on block funding facilities during the year. The size of the portfolio (the current net investment in the loans/leases provided to customers) decreased from GBP6.1m to GBP2.3m over the year.

Property & Funding Solutions Ltd ("PFS")

 
 GBP'000                   2022       2021 
------------------------  -----  --------- 
 Total operating income     316        700 
 Profit before tax          308        109 
------------------------  -----  --------- 
 

PFS, which had a loan book of GBP5.74m at 31 March 2021, completed the run-off of its portfolio during the year.

It is no longer trading and will be dissolved in due course.

COLG

During the year, COLG invested a further GBP22.95m in Recognise Bank to support its ongoing development. Some 50% of the funds came from shareholders in the September 2021 fundraising while the balance was generated from the sale of Milton Homes and the CAML and PFL loan portfolios as they matured.

The fundraising in September 2021 raised GBP12.6m before expenses with 20.93m shares being issued. Shareholders subscribing for the new shares also received warrants on the basis of one warrant for every two shares subscribed for: warrant holders are entitled to subscribe for ordinary shares at 69p each within three years from their date of issue.

The Group has divested itself of its two non-core businesses following the sales of Acorn to Oaks Financial Services Limited and Milton Homes Limited. The former was sold on 1 April 2021 while the sale of the latter, announced on 3 September 2021, was completed on 10 March 2022 after the FCA had approved the change in control. Under the sale agreement for Milton Homes Limited, profits arising after 31 March 2021 were retained in Milton Homes for the benefit of the purchaser. The Company received cash of GBP9.0m in September 2021 on repayment of the Milton Homes Deep Discount Bonds and GBP0.25m on completion for the shares.

Following the Group's move to new offices in June 2022 and the expiry of the lease of the Company's office at The Royal Exchange, COLG will no longer provide shared property services to group companies as the new lease is held by Recognise Bank.

Consolidated income statement

for the year ended 31 March 2022

 
                                                              2022           2021 
                                                           GBP'000        GBP'000 
                                                  Notes                (note (a)) 
----------------------------------------------  -------  ---------  ------------- 
 Interest income                                             2,897          1,900 
 Interest expense                                          (1,088)          (614) 
----------------------------------------------  -------  ---------  ------------- 
 Net interest income                               5         1,809          1,286 
----------------------------------------------  -------  ---------  ------------- 
 
 Fee and commission income                                      52            179 
 Fee and commission expense                                   (23)           (12) 
----------------------------------------------  -------  ---------  ------------- 
 Net fees and commission                                        29            167 
----------------------------------------------  -------  ---------  ------------- 
 
 Total operating income                                      1,838          1,453 
----------------------------------------------  -------  ---------  ------------- 
 
 Operating expenses 
 Staff costs                                               (9,658)        (7,674) 
 Other operating expenses                          6       (5,482)        (3,329) 
 Finance expense                                              (19)           (36) 
 Depreciation and amortisation                               (629)          (395) 
 Net impairment gain/ (loss) on financial 
  assets                                                       305          (138) 
----------------------------------------------  -------  ---------  ------------- 
 Loss from continuing operations                          (13,645)       (10,119) 
 Profit/(loss) for the year from discontinued 
  operations                                       8           360        (2,760) 
 Tax charge for the year                           9             -              - 
----------------------------------------------  -------  ---------  ------------- 
 Loss after tax                                           (13,285)       (12,879) 
 Other comprehensive income                                      1              - 
 Total comprehensive loss for the 
  financial year, attributable to equity 
  shareholders                                            (13,284)       (12,879) 
----------------------------------------------  -------  ---------  ------------- 
 
 Basic and diluted earnings per share 
  attributable to owners of the parent              2 
 Continuing operations                                    (14.84)p       (16.84)p 
 Discontinued operations                                     0.40p        (4.59)p 
 Total                                                    (14.44)p       (21.43)p 
----------------------------------------------  -------  ---------  ------------- 
 

(a) Prior year figures have been reclassified within the consolidated income statement: the results previously reported are unchanged (see note 1)

(b) The loss in each year is wholly attributable to the owners of the parent.

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income

for the year ended 31 March 2022

 
                                                             2022        2021 
                                                          GBP'000     GBP'000 
=======================================================  ========  ========== 
 Loss for the year from continuing operations            (13,645)    (10,119) 
 Profit/(loss) for the year from discontinued 
  operations                                                  360     (2,760) 
=======================================================  ========  ========== 
 Total loss for the year                                 (13,285)    (12,879) 
=======================================================  ========  ========== 
 Other comprehensive expense from continuing 
  operations 
 Item that will not be reclassified to profit 
  or loss 
 Income from legal case investments                             1           - 
=======================================================  ========  ========== 
 Other comprehensive expense from continuing 
  operations                                                    1           - 
=======================================================  ========  ========== 
 Total other comprehensive income                               1           - 
=======================================================  ========  ========== 
 Total comprehensive expense from continuing 
  operations                                             (13,644)    (10,119) 
 Total comprehensive income/ expense from discontinued 
  operations                                                  360     (2,760) 
=======================================================  ========  ========== 
 Total comprehensive expense                             (13,284)    (12,879) 
=======================================================  ========  ========== 
 Total comprehensive expense attributable 
  to: 
  Owners of the parent                                   (13,284)    (12,879) 
                                                         (13,284)    (12,879) 
=======================================================  ========  ========== 
 

Consolidated statement of changes in equity

 
 
                                        Equity   Accumulated    Capital      Share      Share      Total 
                                    Instrument        losses    reserve    premium    capital     equity 
-------------------------------- 
                                       GBP'000       GBP'000    GBP'000    GBP'000    GBP'000    GBP'000 
--------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
 At 31 March 2020                        1,293      (31,474)          -   50,799     4,448        25,066 
 Loss for the year 
  - continuing operations                    -      (10,119)          -          -          -   (10,119) 
 Loss for the year 
  - 
  discontinued operations                    -       (2,760)          -          -          -    (2,760) 
 Total comprehensive 
  expense                                    -      (12,879)          -          -          -   (12,879) 
--------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
 Contributions by and 
  distributions to owners: 
 Share-based payments                        -           182          -          -          -        182 
 Transfer on cancellation 
  of Deferred shares                         -             -      3,648          -    (3,648)          - 
 Issue of shares to 
  Employee Benefit Trust                     -           (1)          -          1          -          - 
 Issue of shares on 
  conversion of 6% Convertible 
  Unsecured Loan Notes 
  2021                                       -             -          -      2,022         28      2,050 
 Acquisition of non-controlling 
  interest in Recognise 
  Bank Limited on exercise 
  of put option by minority 
  shareholders                               -       (4,480)          -      4,368        112          - 
 Issue of shares following 
  cash raise                                 -             -          -     25,585        675     26,260 
 Transfer to current 
  liabilities                          (1,293)             -          -          -          -    (1,293) 
--------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
 Total contributions 
  by and distributions 
  to owners                            (1,293)       (4,299)      3,648     31,976    (2,833)     27,199 
--------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
 At 31 March 2021                            -      (48,652)      3,648     82,775      1,615     39,386 
 Loss for the year 
  -continuing operations                     -      (13,645)          -          -          -   (13,645) 
 Profit for the year 
  - discontinued operations                  -           360          -          -          -        360 
 Income from legal 
  case investments                           -             1          -          -          -          1 
 Total comprehensive 
  expense                                    -      (13,284)          -          -          -   (13,284) 
--------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
 Contributions by and 
  distributions to owners: 
 Share-based payments                        -           259          -          -          -        259 
 Issue of shares to 
  Employee Benefit Trust                     -       (3,787)          -      3,684        103          - 
 Issue of shares under 
  Subscription Agreements                    -             -          -     10,082        378     10,460 
 Issue of shares under 
  Open Offer                                 -             -          -      1,170         40      1,210 
 Issue of shares on 
  exercise of warrants                       -             -          -          -          -          - 
--------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
 Total contributions 
  by and distributions 
  to owners                                  -       (3,528)          -     14,936        521     11,929 
--------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
 At 31 March 2022                            -      (65,464)      3,648     97,711      2,136     38,031 
--------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
 

Consolidated balance sheet

as at 31 March 2022

 
                                                      2022       2021 
                                          Notes   GBP'000s   GBP'000s 
                                                                (note 
                                                                 (a)) 
 --------------------------------------  ------  ---------  --------- 
 Assets 
 Cash and cash equivalents                          37,522     14,493 
 Debt securities                                         -      6,500 
 Loans and leases receivables              10      101,054     17,996 
 Property, plant and equipment                         120        150 
 Intangible assets                                     980      1,028 
 Right-of-use assets                                   189        369 
 Other assets                                        1,012        927 
---------------------------------------  ------  ---------  --------- 
                                                   140,877     41,463 
 Assets in disposal groups classified 
  as held for sale                          8            -     66,294 
 Total assets                                      140,877    107,757 
---------------------------------------  ------  ---------  --------- 
 
 Liabilities 
 Borrowings                                          2,952      6,998 
 Deposits from customers                   11       94,994          2 
 Lease liabilities                                     130        398 
 Other liabilities                                   4,770      4,243 
---------------------------------------  ------  ---------  --------- 
                                                   102,846     11,641 
 Liabilities directly associated 
  with assets in disposal group 
  classified as held for sale               8            -     56,730 
 Total liabilities                                 102,846     68,371 
---------------------------------------  ------  ---------  --------- 
 
 Equity 
 Share capital                             12        2,136      1,615 
 Share premium                                      97,711     82,775 
 Capital reserve                           12        3,648      3,648 
 Accumulated losses                               (65,464)   (48,652) 
 Total equity                                       38,031     39,386 
---------------------------------------  ------  ---------  --------- 
 
 Total equity and liabilities                      140,877    107,757 
---------------------------------------  ------  ---------  --------- 
 

(a) Prior year figures have been reclassified within the consolidated balance sheet: the carrying amounts previously reported are unchanged, as is the equity (see note 1).

Consolidated statement of cash flows

for the year ended 31 March 2022

 
                                                        2022       2021 
                                                     GBP'000    GBP'000 
 Cash flows from operating activities 
 Loss before tax (see note (a))                     (13,285)   (12,647) 
 Adjustments for: 
 Depreciation and amortisation                           629        399 
 Share-based payments                                    259        182 
 (Decrease)/increase in allowance for expected 
  credit losses                                        (305)        138 
 Impairment of goodwill                                    -        117 
 Change in value of business unit held 
  for disposal/ on reclassification as disposal 
  groups                                               (360)      6,657 
 Investment properties and equity release 
  plan financial assets: 
 Increases in the fair values of these 
  assets                                                   -    (6,712) 
 Realised gains on the disposal of these 
  assets                                                   -    (1,082) 
 Equity transfer income                                    -    (1,212) 
 Interest payable on lease liabilities                    19          - 
 Interest payable                                          -      4,514 
 Changes in operating assets and liabilities: 
 Increase in trade and other receivables                (76)      (692) 
 Increase in trade and other payables                  1,543      1,419 
 Leases and loans advanced                          (98,096)    (7,921) 
 Leases and loans repaid                              15,343      9,760 
 Change in Deposits received                          94,992          - 
 Change in Debt securities                             6,500    (6,500) 
=================================================  =========  ========= 
 Cash generated from/ (used in) operations             7,163   (13,580) 
-------------------------------------------------  ---------  --------- 
 Corporation tax                                           -          - 
 Cash flows from operating activities -                3,289          - 
  discontinued operations 
=================================================  =========  ========= 
 Net cash generated from/ (used in) operating 
  activities                                          10,452   (13,580) 
=================================================  =========  ========= 
 Cash flow from investing activities 
 Proceeds from the sale of Investment properties 
  and equity release plan financial assets                 -      8,271 
 Net cash received on disposal of discontinued 
  operations less cash held in each at the 
  disposal date: 
  Milton Homes Limited                                 5,620          - 
  Acorn to Oaks Financial Services Limited             (523)          - 
 Costs of disposal of discontinued operations          (565)          - 
 Purchase of rights to CAML 8% Preference 
  shares accrued dividends                             (966)          - 
 Purchase of CAML 8% Preference Shares                  (34)    (1,250) 
 Proceeds from sale of fixed asset                         1          - 
 Investment in intangible assets                       (156)      (536) 
 Purchase of property, plant and equipment              (53)      (127) 
=================================================  =========  ========= 
 Net cash generated from investing activities          3,324      6,358 
=================================================  =========  ========= 
 Cash flow from financing activities 
 Gross proceeds from issues of ordinary 
  shares                                              12,560     26,986 
 Costs of share issues (see note (b))                  (889)      (726) 
 Loans drawn down                                          -        294 
 Repayment of loans                                  (2,729)   (10,488) 
 Payment of lease liabilities and rent 
  deposits                                             (459)      (357) 
 Interest paid                                             -      (443) 
=================================================  =========  ========= 
 Net cash generated from financing activities          8,483     15,266 
=================================================  =========  ========= 
 
 
 Net increase in cash and cash equivalents     22,259    8,044 
 Cash and cash equivalents brought forward     14,493    7,219 
 Cash included as Assets in disposal groups 
  classified as held for sale                       -    (770) 
============================================  =======  ======= 
 Cash held in discontinued operations at          770        - 
  beginning of year 
============================================  =======  ======= 
 Net cash and cash equivalents                 37,522   14,493 
============================================  =======  ======= 
 
 
 Operating, investing and financing activities are categorised as follows: 
 Net cash generated from/ (used in) operating activities 
 Continuing operations                                                          7,163   (12,556) 
 Discontinued operations                                                        3,289    (1,024) 
===========================================================================  ========  ========= 
                                                                               10,452   (13,580) 
===========================================================================  ========  ========= 
 Net cash generated from investing activities 
 Continuing operations                                                        (1,208)    (1,910) 
 Discontinued operations                                                        4,532      8,268 
===========================================================================  ========  ========= 
                                                                                3,324      6,358 
===========================================================================  ========  ========= 
 Net cash generated from financing activities 
 Continuing operations                                                          8,483     21,442 
 Discontinued operations                                                            -    (6,176) 
===========================================================================  ========  ========= 
                                                                                8,483     15,266 
===========================================================================  ========  ========= 
 

(a) Interest received during the year ended 31 March 2022 was GBP5,095,000 and interest paid was GBP518,000.

(b) In the prior year, share issue costs of GBP726,000 which were paid separately from the proceeds of share issuance were netted off the gross proceeds of the share issues in the consolidated statement of cash flows. The consolidated cash flow statement has been restated to show these costs separately: the restatement has not changed the disclosure of the net cash generated from financing activities in the cash flow statement. There was no impact on the losses and net assets of the Group.

Notes

1 Basis of preparation

Preliminary announcement

The financial information contained in this preliminary announcement does not constitute full accounts as defined in section 434 of the Companies Act 2006 and has been extracted from the statutory accounts for the year ended 31 March 2022. The auditors have issued an unqualified report on these statutory accounts. The statutory accounts for the year ended 31 March 2021 have been filed with the Registrar of Companies and the statutory accounts for the year ended 31 March 2022 will be filed with the Registrar of Companies in due course.

This announcement has been prepared using recognition and measurement principles of International Financial Accounting Standards (IFRS) in conformity with the requirements of the Companies Act 2006. This announcement does not contain sufficient information to comply with IFRS.

Going concern

The financial statements of the Company and the Group have been prepared on a going concern basis.

The directors consider the going concern basis to be appropriate for both the Company and the Group following their assessment of the Group's financial position and its ability to meet its obligations as and when they fall due for a period of at least 12 months from the date of signing the statutory accounts for the year ended 31 March 2022. The Annual Report will include further information on the Group's going concern assessment and a Group viability statement.

In making their going concern assessment the directors have considered the following:

-- the capital structure and liquidity of the Company and the Group over the period of 12 months from the signing of these accounts;

-- the principal and emerging risks facing the Company and the Group and its systems of risk management and internal control;

-- uncertainties in the UK economic outlook and actions the Group could take to mitigate the impact on Recognise Bank and other Group companies;

-- the raising of capital by the Company to support the growth of Recognise Bank in serving the SME market: and

-- stress scenarios which included not raising further capital and incurring greater losses from loan defaults during the period of 12 months from the signing of the accounts.

The directors have also considered mitigating actions that could be taken by the Group and the Board if there were a delay in raising additional capital to support the growth of its main operating subsidiary, Recognise Bank, or if the amount raised was less than forecast.

In addition to the stress scenarios referred to above, Recognise Bank has carried out a reverse stress test as part of the ICAAP. This proved to be satisfactory.

Following the assessment of the Group's financial position and its ability to meet its obligations as and when they fall due, the directors are satisfied that the Company and Group have and will maintain sufficient financial resources to enable them to continue operating for the foreseeable future and therefore continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the annual report and accounts.

Presentation of prior year figures

The presentation and classification in the current financial statements has been changed to reflect disclosures that are appropriate for banking institutions.

Accordingly, comparative information in respect of the preceding period has been reclassified in a manner that provides relevant, comparable and understandable information. This reclassification does not impact the results and carrying amounts for the previous year.

This reclassification affects mainly the primary statements, segmental reporting and disclosures related to financial instruments. A reconciliation between the original and reclassified prior year figures is set out in note 16.

Accounting policies

The same accounting policies were used in the preparation of the statutory accounts for the year ended 31 March 2021 with the exception of the following new standards and interpretations which were adopted for the first time in the financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2022:

-- Interest Rate Benchmark Reform - Phase 2 introduces amendments to IFRS 9, IAS 39, IFRS 7, IFRS 4 and IFRS 16 and is mandatorily effective for periods beginning on or after 1 April 2021

   --      IFRS 16 Leases: Covid-19-Related Rent Concessions beyond 30 June 2021 

There was no impact on the Group following the adoption of the above.

2 Earnings per share

Basic and diluted earnings per share is calculated by dividing the loss attributable to equity holders of the Group by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the year less those held in treasury and in the Employee Benefit Trust. 5,174,643 ordinary shares of GBP0.02 were held by the Employee Benefit Trust at 31 March 2022 (2021: 21,849).

 
                                                    2022      2021 
----------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
Loss attributable to equity holders (GBP'000) 
Continuing operations                           (13,645)  (10,119) 
Discontinued operations                              360   (2,760) 
----------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
Total                                           (13,285)  (12,879) 
----------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
Weighted average number of ordinary shares in 
 issue ('000)                                     91,945    60,090 
----------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
Basic and diluted earnings per share 
Continuing operations                           (14.84)p  (16.84)p 
Discontinued operations                            0.40p   (4.59)p 
----------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
                                                (14.44)p  (21.43)p 
----------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 

The basic and diluted earnings per share are the same as, given the loss for the year, the outstanding share options would reduce the loss per share.

3 Dividends

The directors do not recommend payment of a final dividend (2021: nil).

4 Segmental reporting

A reportable segment is identified based on the nature and size of its business and risk specific to its operations. It is reported in a manner consistent with the internal reporting provided to the chief operating decision-maker and the prior year presentation has been aligned accordingly. The chief operating decision-maker, which is responsible for allocating resources and assessing performance of the operating segments, has been identified as the full Board of the Company.

As a result of aligning the presentation of figures, income and costs within the pre-tax profit and loss of each business segment in the prior year have been reclassified: the results previously reported for each business segment are unchanged.

The change in the presentation of the consolidated net assets as at 31 March 2021 has not resulted in any change in the consolidated net assets previously reported for the Group.

The Group is managed through its operating businesses. The main operating business is now Recognise Bank as CAML/PFL and PFS continued in run-off throughout the year.

A description of the activities of each business is given in the Strategic report. The COLG segment includes the Group's central functions.

Pre-tax profit and loss

For the year ended 31 March 2022

 
                             Net operating       Intragroup       Intragroup   Other Operating    Pre-tax 
                                    income        interest           income/           Income/    profit/ 
                                              income/ (expense)    (expense)         (expense)     (loss) 
                                                     (a)                 (b) 
                                   GBP'000              GBP'000      GBP'000           GBP'000    GBP'000 
--------------------------  --------------  -------------------  -----------  ----------------  --------- 
 COLG 
 Intragroup                              -                   73          716                 -        789 
 Profit from discontinued 
  operations (c)                         -                    -           40               320        360 
 Other                                   -                    -            -           (2,625)    (2,625) 
--------------------------  --------------  -------------------  -----------  ----------------  --------- 
                                         -                   73          756           (2,305)    (1,476) 
 Subsidiaries 
 Recognise Bank                      1,240                  109        (655)          (13,138)   (12,444) 
 CAML/PFL                              282                 (73)         (43)               175        341 
 PFS                                   316                (109)         (18)               119        308 
 Other                                   -                    -            -              (14)       (14) 
--------------------------  --------------  -------------------  -----------  ----------------  --------- 
                                     1,838                    -           40          (15,163)   (13,285) 
--------------------------  --------------  -------------------  -----------  ----------------  --------- 
 Continuing operations               1,838                    -            -          (15,483)   (13,645) 
 Discontinued operations 
  (c)                                    -                    -           40               320        320 
--------------------------  --------------  -------------------  -----------  ----------------  --------- 
                                     1,838                    -           40          (15,163)   (13,285) 
--------------------------  --------------  -------------------  -----------  ----------------  --------- 
 

(a) Intragroup interest income/(expense) represents interest payments on intragroup borrowings and working capital loans.

(b) Intragroup income/(expense) represents fees for management services and recharges for shared accommodation from COLG.

   (c)     Arises from the sale of Milton Homes. 

Pre-tax profit and loss

For the year ended 31 March 2021

 
                                            Intragroup                                      Pre-tax 
                                              interest   Intragroup                         profit/ 
                            Net operating      income/      income/      Other operating     (loss) 
                                   income    (expense)    (expense)    income/ (expense)        (a) 
                                  GBP'000      GBP'000      GBP'000              GBP'000    GBP'000 
-------------------------  --------------  -----------  -----------  -------------------  --------- 
 COLG 
 Intragroup                             -        1,190          661                    -      1,851 
 Change in value 
  of business units 
  on reclassification 
  as disposal groups                    -            -            -              (6,657)    (6,657) 
 Other                               (36)            -            -              (3,046)    (3,082) 
-------------------------  --------------  -----------  -----------  -------------------  --------- 
                                     (36)        1,190          661              (9,703)    (7,888) 
 Subsidiaries 
 Continuing operations 
 Recognise Bank                        44          109        (438)              (7,527)    (7,812) 
 CAML/PFL                             745         (66)        (102)                (874)      (297) 
 PFS                                  700        (328)         (26)                (237)        109 
 Other                                  -            -            -                  (7)        (7) 
 
 Discontinued operations 
 Milton Homes                       9,005        (905)         (97)              (4,760)      3,243 
 Acorn to Oaks Financial 
  Services                            885            -            2                (882)          5 
                                   11,343            -            -             (23,990)   (12,647) 
-------------------------  --------------  -----------  -----------  -------------------  --------- 
 Continuing                         1,453          905           95             (12,572)   (10,119) 
 Discontinued                       9,890        (905)         (95)             (11,418)    (2,528) 
-------------------------  --------------  -----------  -----------  -------------------  --------- 
                                   11,343            -            -             (23,990)   (12,647) 
-------------------------  --------------  -----------  -----------  -------------------  --------- 
 

(a) The composition of segment information for 2021 has been changed to make it comparable with March 2022. The overall results for each segment remain unchanged.

Consolidated Net Assets

As at 31 March 2022

 
                         Loans                               Segment                                   Segment 
                  and advances   Less allowances     Other     total    Customer          Other          total 
                  to customers          for ECLs    assets    assets    deposits    liabilities    liabilities 
                       GBP'000           GBP'000   GBP'000   GBP'000     GBP'000        GBP'000        GBP'000 
--------------  --------------  ----------------  --------  --------  ----------  -------------  ------------- 
 COLG 
 Other                       -                 -     1,277     1,277           -        (1,440)        (1,440) 
--------------  --------------  ----------------  --------  --------  ----------  -------------  ------------- 
                             -                 -     1,277     1,277           -        (1,440)        (1,440) 
 Subsidiaries 
 Recognise 
  Bank                  99,093             (153)    37,883   136,823    (94,994)        (3,189)       (98,183) 
 CAML/PFL                3,224           (1,110)       662     2,776           -        (3,223)        (3,223) 
 PFS                         -                 -         -         -           -              -              - 
 Other                       -                 -         1         1           -              -              - 
--------------  --------------  ----------------  --------  --------  ----------  -------------  ------------- 
                       102,317           (1,263)    39,823   140,877    (94,994)        (7,852)      (102,846) 
--------------  --------------  ----------------  --------  --------  ----------  -------------  ------------- 
 

Consolidated Net Assets

As at 31 March 2021 (reclassified)

 
                         Loans                               Segment                                   Segment 
                  and advances   Less allowances     Other     total    Customer          Other          total 
                  to customers          for ECLs    assets    assets    deposits    liabilities    liabilities 
                       GBP'000           GBP'000   GBP'000   GBP'000     GBP'000        GBP'000        GBP'000 
--------------  --------------  ----------------  --------  --------  ----------  -------------  ------------- 
 COLG 
 Other                       -                 -     2,053     2,053           -        (2,456)        (2,456) 
 Assets held 
  for sale                   -                 -     9,564     9,564           -              - 
--------------  --------------  ----------------  --------  --------  ----------  -------------  ------------- 
                             -                 -    11,617    11,617           -        (2,456)        (2,456) 
 Subsidiaries 
 Recognise 
  Bank                   6,496               (5)    19,013    25,504         (2)        (2,170)        (2,172) 
 CAML/PFL                8,227           (2,382)     2,377     8,222           -        (6,079)        (6,079) 
 PFS                     5,660                 -        24     5,684           -          (934)          (934) 
 Other                       -                 -         -         -           -              -              - 
--------------  --------------  ----------------  --------  --------  ----------  -------------  ------------- 
                        20,383           (2,387)    33,031    51,027         (2)       (11,639)       (11,641) 
--------------  --------------  ----------------  --------  --------  ----------  -------------  ------------- 
 

5 Net interest income

 
                                    2022      2021 
                                 GBP'000   GBP'000 
------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 Cash and cash equivalents            24         - 
 Debt Securities                     254        21 
 Loans and leases receivables      2,619     1,879 
 Interest income                   2,897     1,900 
------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 
 Deposits from customers             545         - 
 Wholesale funding                   285       586 
 Debt securities amortisation        258        28 
 Interest expense                  1,088       614 
------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 Net interest income               1,809     1,286 
------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 

6 Other operating expenses

 
                                         2022     2021 
                                      GBP'000  GBP'000 
------------------------------------  -------  ------- 
Legal and professional costs            1,624    1,439 
Irrecoverable VAT                         604      390 
Property costs                            335      455 
IT infrastructure and support costs     1,074      470 
Outsourced costs                          909       29 
Other miscellaneous costs                 936      638 
Reduction in deferred consideration         -     (92) 
------------------------------------  -------  ------- 
                                        5,482    3,329 
------------------------------------  -------  ------- 
 

7 Related party transactions and directors' remuneration

The related parties of the Company are its subsidiaries, together with the directors of the Company.

The directors of the Company, who are related parties of the Company, received aggregate emoluments for the year of GBP1,347,787 (2021: GBP823,554) of which GBP1,029,704 (2021: GBP794,776) was borne by the Company and GBP318,083 (2021: GBP28,778) by a subsidiary. The emoluments of the highest paid director were GBP918,614 (2021: GBP627,542). In addition, aggregate social security costs were GBP169,646 (2021: GBP101,433) of which GBP130,241 (2021: GBP98,067) was borne by the Company and GBP39,406 (2021: GBP3,366) by a subsidiary. There are no other persons having the authority and responsibility for planning, directing and controlling the activities of the Group, directly or indirectly. Accordingly, the aggregate amounts payable to directors equate to the aggregate compensation to key management personnel. The emoluments include salary, pension, compensation for loss of office, payment in lieu of notice and shares.

The Company has agreements with its largest shareholders which regulate arrangements with each, including the following:

-- Parasol V27 Limited: The shareholder is entitled to nominate two non-executive directors to the board of the Company while it holds 25% or more of the voting shares of the Company and one non-executive director to the board of the Company and one non-executive director to the board of Recognise Bank Limited while it holds 10% or more of the voting shares. The present nominated directors of the Company are N Bossano-Llamas and R Parasol who is also the nominated director at Recognise Bank Limited.

-- Max Barney Investments Limited: Max Barney Investments Limited: The shareholder was historically entitled to nominate a director to the board of the Company while it held not less than 10% of the voting shares of the Company and any 8% Redeemable Preference Shares issued by Credit Asset Management Limited. Although it has sold all its 8% Redeemable Preference Shares since the year end (note 17), an agreement giving the shareholder the right to nominate a director while it holds not less than 10% of the voting shares of the

Company is expected to be put in place shortly.   The nominated director was Paul Milner. 

-- DV4 Limited: The shareholder is entitled to nominate an observer to the board of the Company while it holds not less than 10% of the voting shares of the Company.

Acorn to Oaks Financial Services Limited

On 1 April 2021, the Company sold its wholly-owned subsidiary, Acorn to Oaks Financial Services Limited, which operates as a financial services intermediary, for a net consideration of GBP1,114,000 (note 8). The disposal was a related party transaction as one of the purchasers, Jason Oakley, was a director of Recognise Bank until 31 March 2022.

Milton Homes Limited

On 3 September 2021, the Company entered into an agreement to sell the entire issued share capital of Milton Homes Limited and its subsidiaries to Max Barney Investments Limited (note 8). The sale, which is classified as a substantial transaction under AIM Rule 12, was conditional on receiving regulatory approval from the FCA. Consent to the change in control of Milton Homes Limited was given by the FCA on 25 February 2022 and the sale was completed on 10 March 2022.

As part of the arrangements, the Deep Discount Bonds held by the Company were redeemed in full by Milton Homes for GBP9,046,002, with GBP7,846,002 being paid from the proceeds of new bonds issued by Milton Homes on 3 September 2021 to HPB Pension Trust, an entity associated with Max Barney Investments Limited. A further amount of GBP250,000 was paid on completion of the sale of the issued share capital.

The disposal constitutes a related party transaction under AIM Rule 13 as Max Barney Investments Limited holds in excess of 10% of the total voting rights of the Company.

Capital raise

As set out in note 12, two of the Company's major shareholders, Parasol V27 Limited and Max Barney Investments Limited (together the "Subscribers"), subscribed, in aggregate, GBP11,350,000 for 18,916,667 new ordinary shares at a subscription price of 60p per new ordinary share on 14 September 2021. The Subscribers also received warrants to subscribe for 9,458,333 shares at an exercise price of 69p per new ordinary share over the next three years. Subsequent to the year end, the Subscribers exercised the warrants issued to them (see note 17).

Credit Asset Management Limited 8% Preference Shares ("Preference Shares")

On 16 September 2021, the Company acquired the following from HPB Pension Trust, an entity associated with Max Barney Investments Limited:

(a) Right to receive accrued but unpaid dividends on the Preference Shares owned by HPB Pension Trust for GBP965,466, being the amount of such dividends as at 15 September 2021; and

(b) 23,912 Preference Shares for GBP34,534, being the nominal value plus the amount of accrued but unpaid dividends of the Preference Shares at that date.

Employee Benefit Trust ("EBT")

The amount due to the Company from the EBT as at 31 March 2022 was GBP3,156,000 (2021: GBP17,000). Details of the transactions with the EBT are disclosed in note 12.

The Company's related party transactions included:

 
                                                                           Provision 
                                                              Amounts    for amounts 
                                                  Loan due     due to         due to 
                                     Charged    by Company    Company        Company 
                                  by Company       at year    at year        at year 
                                     in year           end        end            end 
                                     GBP'000       GBP'000    GBP'000        GBP'000 
------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ---------  ------------- 
 Year ended 31 March 2022 
 Credit Asset Management 
  Limited                                116       (4,000)      1,809          (640) 
 Property & Funding Solutions 
  Ltd                                     18             -          -              - 
 Recognise Bank Limited                  655             -        248              - 
------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ---------  ------------- 
 Year ended 31 March 2021 
 Credit Asset Management 
  Limited                                169             -        773          (640) 
 Milton Homes Limited                  1,000             -         29              - 
 Property & Funding Solutions 
  Ltd                                    244             -          -              - 
 Recognise Bank Limited                  438             -        674              - 
------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ---------  ------------- 
 

The amounts reported above include the Company's income from:

-- recharge of shared accommodation costs and management fees to each subsidiary company in both years

   --      preference dividends from Credit Asset Management Limited in both years 
   --      ordinary dividend from Property & Funding Solutions Ltd in the prior year 
   --      loan interest charged to Property & Funding Solutions Ltd in the prior year 
   --      interest on the Milton Homes Limited Deep Discount Bonds in the prior year 

The table provides an analysis by company of amounts charged by the Company and the year-end amounts owed to the Company in both years. While these amounts were disclosed in total within the previous year's accounts in notes 5 and 21 respectively, separate disclosure of the provision for amounts due to Company was not made in accordance with IAS 24. Additional analysis of the related party transactions for the previous year has been provided to make the disclosure consistent with the current year presentation.

The loan from Credit Asset Management Limited is interest free and is repayable on request after 30 June 2022.

8 Discontinued operations and disposal groups

There were no Assets classified as held for sale at 31 March 2022.

Milton Homes Limited ("Milton Homes") and Acorn to Oaks Financial Services Limited ("Acorn to Oaks") were reclassified as disposal groups as at 31 March 2021. As shown in the table below, the assets of each business, including the goodwill arising on consolidation, and the liabilities directly related to those assets were reclassified and included within current assets and liabilities at 31 March 2021 at their estimated realisable value:

 
                                                       Group 
==================================================  ======== 
                                                        2021 
                                                     GBP'000 
==================================================  ======== 
 Assets in disposal groups classified as held for 
  sale/ assets held for sale 
 Acorn to Oaks                                         1,737 
 Milton Homes                                         64,557 
==================================================  ======== 
                                                      66,294 
==================================================  ======== 
 Liabilities directly associated with assets in 
  disposal groups classified as held for sale 
 Acorn to Oaks                                           623 
 Milton Homes                                         56,107 
==================================================  ======== 
                                                      56,730 
==================================================  ======== 
 Fair value of disposal groups/ assets held for 
  sale 
 Acorn to Oaks                                         1,114 
 Milton Homes                                          8,450 
==================================================  ======== 
                                                       9,564 
==================================================  ======== 
 

Acorn to Oaks was sold on 1 April 2021 to Jason Oakley and his wife, Claire Oakley, who controlled the majority of the shares in Acorn to Oaks when it was purchased by the Company in January 2019. The disposal was deemed to be a related party transaction under Rule 13 of the AIM Rules as Jason Oakley was deemed to be a related party of the Company as he was then a director of Recognise Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary. The fair value of Acorn to Oaks as at 31 March 2021 was assessed by reference to the net consideration of GBP1,114,000 realised on its sale, which was satisfied by:

 
                                                  GBP'000 
----------------------------------------------   -------- 
 Cancellation of Rollover Loan Notes 2021 (a)       1,293 
 Cash payment by the Company                        (140) 
 Costs of disposal                                   (39) 
-----------------------------------------------  -------- 
                                                    1,114 
 ----------------------------------------------  -------- 
 

(a) The Rollover Loan Notes 2021 were held by the buyers, having been issued to them at the time of the purchase of Acorn to Oaks in January 2019.

The sale of Milton Homes to Max Barney Investments Limited, a related party of the Company, was agreed on 3 September 2021, subject to regulatory approval for the change in control from the FCA. The FCA approved the change in control on 25 February 2022 and the sale was completed on 10 March 2022 when the agreed consideration of GBP250,000 for the ordinary shares was received.

As part of the arrangements for the sale of Milton Homes, Milton Homes paid the Company GBP1,200,000 in respect of the Deep Discount Bonds held by the Company on 2 September 2021 and a further GBP7,846,002 on 3 September 2021 to redeem the Deep Discount Bonds in full. The latter payment was made from the proceeds of an issue of new bonds issued to HPB Pension Trust, an entity associated with Max Barney Investments Limited.

The fair value of Milton Homes, after taking account of estimated disposal costs, was estimated at GBP8,450,000

as at 31 March 2021.   The net amount realised was GBP8,770,000 as shown below: 
 
                                                                GBP'000 
-------------------------------------------------------   ------------- 
 September 2021 
 Cash paid by Milton Homes in respect of Deep Discount 
  Bonds                                                           1,200 
 Redemption of Deep Discount Bonds by Milton Homes 
  from proceeds of new issue of bonds                             7,846 
 March 2022 
 Cash received for ordinary shares at completion                    250 
 Costs of disposal                                                (526) 
-------------------------------------------------------------  -------- 
                                                                  8,770 
 ----                                                          -------- 
 
 

A charge of GBP6,657,000 arising on the remeasurement of the carrying amounts of assets transferred to disposal groups was recognised in the consolidated income statement for the year to 31 March 2021. A credit of GBP320,000 has been included in the results from discontinued operations for the year following the sale of Milton Homes.

Under the terms of the sale agreement, profits of Milton Homes arising after 31 March 2021 were retained in Milton Homes for the benefit of the purchaser.

The results of discontinued operations in both the current and prior year are shown in the table below. The prior year figures include Acorn to Oaks and Milton Homes which were reclassified as disposal groups as at 31 March 2021. As Acorn to Oaks was sold on 1 April 2021, the current year figures relate only to Milton Homes: they have been extracted from management accounts for the period up to disposal.

 
                                                     2022      2021 
                                                  GBP'000   GBP'000 
 Revenue (see (a) below)                            6,935     9,890 
 Cost of sales                                          -     (330) 
-----------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 Gross profit                                       6,935     9,560 
 Administrative expenses                            (956)   (1,579) 
 Other income                                           -        11 
-----------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 Profit from operations                             5,979     7,992 
 Finance expense                                  (3,852)   (3,863) 
-----------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 Profit before tax                                  2,127     4,129 
 Tax expense                                        (309)     (232) 
-----------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 Profit after tax from operations                   1,818     3,897 
 Profit retained in disposal group for benefit 
  of purchaser (see (b) below)                    (1,818)         - 
-----------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
                                                        -     3,897 
 Surplus/ (deficit) on remeasurement of assets 
  in disposal groups                                  360   (6,657) 
-----------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 Profit/ (loss) from discontinued operations          360   (2,760) 
-----------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 
 

(a) Revenue

 
 Milton Homes (i)     6,935  9,005 
 Acorn to Oaks (ii)       -    885 
 Total revenue        6,935  9,890 
--------------------  -----  ----- 
 
 
(i) Milton Homes 
     Profit on disposal of investment properties            1,072    767 
     Gain on revaluation of investment properties           2,148  3,953 
     Profit on the disposal of equity release plan 
      financial assets                                        313    315 
     Gain on revaluation of equity release plan financial 
      assets                                                2,239  2,759 
     Equity transfer income arising under equity release 
      plan financial assets                                 1,163  1,211 
----------------------------------------------------------  -----  ----- 
                                                            6,935  9,005 
----------------------------------------------------------  -----  ----- 
 (ii) Acorn to Oaks 
     Commission                                                 -    601 
     Fees                                                       -    284 
                                                                -    885 
----------------------------------------------------------  -----  ----- 
 

(b) Under agreed Heads of Terms, a lock-box arrangement was in place for Milton Homes from 1 April 2021 until the sale was completed on 10 March 2022. This restricted the payments (both amount and type) which Milton Homes could make without the prior agreement of the ultimate purchaser. In addition, it was agreed all profits from 1 April 2021 should be retained in Milton Homes for the benefit of the purchaser. The net cash generated from 1 April 2021 was retained by Milton Homes.

At the date of legal completion of the disposal on 10 March 2022, Milton Homes had total assets of GBP68,563,000 and total liabilities of GBP61,712,000 to give total net assets of GBP6,851,000. This net asset figure includes GBP2,476,000 of cash after paying consideration of GBP1,200,000 in respect of the Deep Discount Bonds during the period.

The figures for total assets and total liabilities above have been taken from the Milton Homes management accounts at the disposal date and do not reflect the adjustments made in the Group accounts when Milton Homes was reclassified as a disposal group as at 31 March 2021. The only underlying movement in Milton Homes net assets between 31 March 2021 and the disposal date of 10 March 2022 was the profit generated of GBP1,818,000.

As at the disposal date of 10 March 2022, the difference between the proceeds and the carrying value of the assets and liabilities on that date was GBP1,458,000, being the difference between the GBP1,818,000 profit arising in Milton Homes in the period and the GBP360,000 profit recognised.

The table below shows:

(a) the estimated fair values of the net assets and liabilities of Acorn to Oaks and Milton Homes as at 31 March 2021 as included in the Group accounts, together with the net profit after tax for the period to the respective dates of disposal; and

(b) the effect of the disposals on the financial position of the Group by reference to the estimated fair values of the net assets of Acorn to Oaks and Milton Homes as at the respective dates of disposal:

 
                                                     As at       As at 
                                                  31 March    disposal 
                                                      2021       dates 
                                                   GBP'000     GBP'000 
----------------------------------------------  ----------  ---------- 
 Goodwill                                              747         747 
 Property, plant & equipment                             6           6 
 Investment properties                              35,123      32,011 
 Financial assets - equity release plans            29,026      29,243 
 Trade and other receivables                           622         616 
 Cash at bank                                          770       2,859 
 Trade and other payables                            (782)       (788) 
 Other creditors                                      (83)        (70) 
 Borrowings                                       (54,824)    (51,892) 
 Deferred tax liability                            (1,041)     (1,350) 
                                                            ---------- 
 Net assets and liabilities                          9,564      11,382 
----------------------------------------------  ----------  ---------- 
 Deep Discount Bonds (eliminated in the 
  Group accounts) 
----------------------------------------------  ---------- 
 Carrying value at 31 March 2021                     8,956 
 Difference between amount paid on redemption 
  and carrying value at 31 March 2021                   90 
 Paid on redemption                                (9,046) 
----------------------------------------------  ---------- 
 Profit after tax for period to disposal 
  of discontinued operations                         1,818 
----------------------------------------------  ----------  ---------- 
 Net assets and liabilities at the respective 
  disposal dates                                    11,382      11,382 
----------------------------------------------  ----------  ---------- 
 
 
 
 Consideration on sale of discontinued operations    GBP'000   GBP'000 
--------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 Acorn to Oaks (as detailed on page 86)                          1,114 
 Milton Homes (as detailed on page 86)                           8,770 
--------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 Net consideration                                               9,884 
 Being: 
 Total consideration                                  10,449 
 Costs of disposals                                    (565) 
--------------------------------------------------  -------- 
                                                                 9,884 
--------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 
 
 
 
 Net cash inflows on sale of discontinued operations    GBP'000   GBP'000 
-----------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 Cash received, excluding GBP1,200,000 paid from 
  cash held in Milton Homes                                         7,956 
 Costs of disposal                                        (565) 
 Cash and cash equivalents held in discontinued 
  operations at disposal                                (2,859) 
-----------------------------------------------------  -------- 
                                                                  (3,424) 
-----------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
                                                                    4,532 
-----------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 
 

9 Tax expense

 
                           2022      2021 
                        GBP'000   GBP'000 
---------------------  --------  -------- 
 UK corporation tax           -         - 
 Current year charge          -         - 
                              -         - 
---------------------  --------  -------- 
 

Factors affecting the tax expense for the year

The tax expense for the year differs from the theoretical amount that would arise using the standard rate of corporation tax in the UK, which is 19% (2021: 19%). The differences are explained below.

 
                                                         2022      2021 
Tax reconciliation                                    GBP'000   GBP'000 
---------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
Loss before tax                                      (13,285)  (12,647) 
---------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
At standard rate of corporation tax in the 
 UK:                                                  (2,524)   (2,403) 
Effects of 
Items not deductible for tax purposes                      59     1,572 
Other tax adjustments                                   (141)     (543) 
Movement on unrecognised deferred tax asset             2,606     1,606 
Movement on deferred tax liability in discontinued 
 operations                                                 -     (232) 
---------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
                                                            -         - 
---------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 
   10.        Loans and leases receivable 
 
                                        Stage     Stage     Stage 
                                            1         2         3      Total 
                                      GBP'000   GBP'000   GBP'000    GBP'000 
----------------------------------  ---------  --------  --------  --------- 
 Gross loans and leases at 
  1 April 2021                         17,502       606     2,275     20,383 
 Originations                          98,096         -         -     98,096 
 Repayments                          (14,353)     (408)     (103)   (14,864) 
 Write-offs                                 -         -   (1,298)    (1,298) 
 Transfer to Stage 1                      196     (196)         -          - 
 Transfer to Stage 2                        -         -         -          - 
 Transfer to Stage 3                     (77)         -        77          - 
 Gross loans and leases at 
  31 March 2022                       101,364         2       951    102,317 
----------------------------------  ---------  --------  --------  --------- 
 Allowances for ECLs at 1 April 
  2021                                    375        53     1,959      2,387 
 Total movement in loss allowance 
  during the year                        (65)      (51)   (1,008)    (1,124) 
----------------------------------  ---------  --------  --------  --------- 
 Allowances for ECLs at 31 
  March 2022                              310         2       951      1,263 
----------------------------------  ---------  --------  --------  --------- 
 Net loans and leases at 31 
  March 2022                          101,054         -         -    101,054 
----------------------------------  ---------  --------  --------  --------- 
 Net loans and leases at 31 
  March 2021                           17,127       553       316     17,996 
----------------------------------  ---------  --------  --------  --------- 
 

During the year ended 31 March 2021, the gross carrying amount of the Group's lease and loan portfolios, including arrears, decreased from GBP22,510,000 to GBP20,383,000. The loan portfolios of Recognise Bank and PFS increased by GBP6,476,000 to GBP12,156,000 at 31 March 2021, while the CAML/PFL lease and loan portfolio decreased by GBP8,416,000 to GBP8,227,000, including arrears. The net carrying amount of the Group's lease and loan portfolios, as offset by credit impairment of GBP2,387,000, was GBP17,996,000.

Impairment

 
                                       Stage     Stage     Stage 
                                           1         2         3     Total 
================================== 
                                     GBP'000   GBP'000   GBP'000   GBP'000 
==================================  ========  ========  ========  ======== 
 As at 31 March 2020                     818        21     1,756     2,595 
==================================  ========  ========  ========  ======== 
 Movement in provision for 
  impairment 
  Transfer to Stage 2                   (39)        39         -         - 
  Transfer to Stage 3                   (36)       (7)        43         - 
  Specific provisions                      -         -       203       203 
  New financial assets originated          4         -         -         4 
  Other movements                      (372)         -         -     (372) 
   Write-offs                              -         -      (43)      (43) 
==================================  ========  ======== 
 Total movement in loss allowance      (443)        32       203     (208) 
==================================  --------  --------  --------  -------- 
 As at 31 March 2021                     375        53     1,959     2,387 
==================================  ========  ========  ========  ======== 
 Movement in provision for 
  impairment 
  Transfer to Stage 2                      3       (3)         -         - 
  Transfer to Stage 3                      -         -         -         - 
  Specific provisions                      -         -        38        38 
  New financial assets originated        149         0         0       149 
  Other movements                      (217)      (48)      (35)     (300) 
  Write-offs                               -         -   (1,011)   (1,011) 
 Total movement in loss allowance       (65)      (51)   (1,008)   (1,124) 
----------------------------------  --------  --------  --------  -------- 
 As at 31 March 2022                     310         2       951     1,263 
----------------------------------  --------  --------  --------  -------- 
 

The provision for impairment of loans and finance leases has been assessed in accordance with IFRS 9.

The overall reduction of GBP1,124,000 in the loss allowance over the year to 31 March 2022 reflects the changes in the Group's lease and loan portfolios. The reduction in Stage 3 provisions over the year solely relates to the write off of balances in the CAML/PFL portfolio. The increase in the Recognise Bank loan portfolio has resulted in an additional of Stage 1 impairment charge of GBP149,000.

11 Deposits from customers

 
                       2022      2021 
                    GBP'000   GBP'000 
-----------------  --------  -------- 
 Notice accounts     37,380         1 
 Term Deposits       57,614         1 
                             -------- 
                     94,994         2 
-----------------  --------  -------- 
 

12 Called-up share capital

 
Allotted, called up and             2022        2021      2022      2021 
 fully paid                       Number      Number   GBP'000   GBP'000 
---------------------------  -----------  ----------  --------  -------- 
Ordinary shares of GBP0.02   106,813,313  80,727,119     2,136     1,615 
                                                         2,136     1,615 
---------------------------  -----------  ----------  --------  -------- 
 

The Company did not hold any ordinary shares in treasury at 31 March 2022 (2021: nil). 5,174,643 ordinary shares of GBP0.02 were held by the Employee Benefit Trust ("EBT") at 31 March 2022 (2021: 21,849). The Company issued 5,152,794 ordinary shares at 73.5p each on 6 September 2021 to the trustees of the EBT, with the amount of the subscription price being left outstanding on a loan account with the EBT, and the premium of GBP3,684,248 arising on the issue of the shares being credited to Share premium.

The purpose of issuing these shares was to meet future share awards to Group employees. With the exception of these shares, the Company did not transfer any shares into or out of the EBT during the year (2021: nil). The fair value of shares held by the EBT at 31 March 2022 amounted to GBP3,156,000 (2021: GBP17,000). Subsequent to the year end 360,824 shares were transferred from the EBT to a former employee.

Following shareholder approval at a general meeting on 8 September 2021, the Company issued 18,916,667 ordinary shares at 60p each for cash of GBP11,350,000 on 14 September 2021 to two of its major shareholders. The Subscription Agreements with these shareholders also provided for the issue of warrants (see below). The premium of GBP10,075,255 arising on the issue of the shares was credited to Share premium.

The shares and subscription warrants under the Subscription Agreements were issued on the same terms as those in the Open Offer which was sent to shareholders on 13 September 2021. Following the closure of the Open Offer on 28 September 2021, 2,016,388 ordinary shares and 1,008,180 warrants were issued in October 2021.

Further to the Subscription Agreements and the Open Offer, the Company issued subscription warrants which permit holders of the warrants to subscribe for ordinary shares in the Company at a price of 69p per share in cash during the exercise period of 3 years from the date of issue. One subscription warrant was issued for every two shares subscribed for under the Subscription Agreements and the Open Offer. The effective issue dates were 14 September 2021 for the 9,458,333 Subscription Agreement warrants and 21 October 2021 for the 1,008,180 Open Offer warrants.

On 8 December 2021 and 17 January 2022 respectively, the Company issued 24 and 321 ordinary shares at 69p each for cash following the exercise of warrants by shareholders. The premium of GBP231 arising on the issue of the shares was credited to Share Premium.

Costs of GBP889,000 (2021: GBP726,000) were incurred in relation to the issue of shares in the year. The costs have been offset against the Company's Share premium.

 
                                                 Ordinary 
                                    Deferred   of GBP0.02  Deferred  Ordinary 
Shares in issue                       Number       Number   GBP'000   GBP'000 
---------------------------  ---------------  -----------  --------  -------- 
As at 31 March 2020            3,648,415,419   39,960,551     3,648       800 
Issued for cash on 16 
 April 2020                                -          500         -         - 
Cancelled on 30 April 
 2020 and transferred 
 to Capital reserve          (3,648,415,419)            -   (3,648)         - 
Issued on 7 August 2020 
 on conversion of 6% 
 Unsecured Loan Stock 
 2021                                      -    1,433,565         -        28 
Issued on 4 September 
 2020 following exercise 
 of put option by minority 
 shareholders in Recognise 
 Bank Limited                              -    5,600,000         -       112 
Issued for cash on 9 
 October 2020                              -   33,355,688         -       667 
Issued for cash on 27 
 October 2020                              -      376,815         -         8 
---------------------------  ---------------  -----------  --------  -------- 
As at 31 March 2021                        -   80,727,119         -     1,615 
Issued for cash on 6 
 September 2021                            -    5,152,794         -       103 
Issued for cash on 14 
 September 2021                            -   18,916,667         -       378 
Issued for cash on 5 
 October 2021                              -    2,016,388         -        40 
Issued for cash on 8 
 December 2021 on exercise 
 of warrants                               -           24         -         - 
Issued for cash on 17 
 January 2022 on exercise 
 of warrants                               -          321         -         - 
---------------------------  ---------------  -----------  --------  -------- 
As at 31 March 2022                        -  106,813,313         -     2,136 
---------------------------  ---------------  -----------  --------  -------- 
 

Share warrants

The following table summarises information on warrants which were outstanding at 31 March 2022: the warrants enable holders to subscribe for ordinary shares of the Company at 69p each over the 3 year period from the date of issue (see above). There were no warrants in issue at 31 March 2021.

 
                                                    Number  GBP'000 
==============================================  ==========  ======= 
As at 31 March 2021                                      -        - 
Subscription Agreements warrants issued on 14 
 September 2021                                  9,458,333        - 
Open Offer warrants Issued on 21 October 2021    1,008,180        - 
Open Offer warrants exercised                        (345)        - 
----------------------------------------------  ----------  ------- 
As at 31 March 2022                             10,466,168        - 
----------------------------------------------  ----------  ------- 
 

Subsequent to the year end, the 9,458,333 Subscription Agreements warrants in issue have been exercised (see note 17).

Capital reserve

The capital reserve arose on 30 April 2020 following the buy back and cancellation of the Deferred shares. On cancellation of the Deferred shares, the share capital was reduced by GBP3,648,415 and this amount was transferred from share capital to a capital reserve, which is not distributable to shareholders.

13 Financial instruments

The Group's financial instruments to which the impairment requirements in IFRS 9 are applied are listed in the tables below.

The prior year figures exclude those financial instruments that were reclassified as Assets within disposal groups held for sale or as liabilities directly related to Assets within disposal groups held for sale as at 31 March 2021.

 
                                            2022                              2021 
                         ------------------------------------------  --------------------- 
                          Current   Non-current             Current   Non-current 
                           assets        assets     Total    assets        assets    Total 
 Group                     GBP000        GBP000    GBP000    GBP000        GBP000   GBP000 
=======================  ========  ============  ========  ========  ============  ======= 
 Financial assets 
 Measured at 
  amortised cost 
 Cash and cash 
  equivalents              37,522             -    37,522    14,493             -   14,493 
 Loans and advances 
  to customers             10,054        91,000   101,054     9,859         8,137   17,996 
 Other debtors                341             -       341       381             -      381 
 Measured at 
  fair value through 
  other comprehensive 
  income 
 Debt securities                -             -         -     6,500             -    6,500 
-----------------------  --------  ------------  --------  --------  ------------  ------- 
 Total                     47,917        91,000   138,917    31,233         8,137   39,370 
=======================  ========  ============  ========  ========  ============  ======= 
 
 Financial liabilities 
 Measured at 
  amortised cost 
 Borrowings                 2,622           330     2,952     2,729         2,976    5,705 
 Deposits from 
  customers                62,671        32,323    94,994         2             -        2 
 Lease liabilities             94            36       130       289           109      398 
 Other liabilities          4,118             -     4,118     4,019             -    4,019 
-----------------------  --------  ------------  --------  --------  ------------  ------- 
 Total                     69,505        32,689   102,194     7,039         3,085   10,124 
-----------------------  --------  ------------  --------  --------  ------------  ------- 
 

At 31 March 2022 and 31 March 2021, the carrying amounts of debt securities, cash at bank and short -- term borrowings reflected in the financial statements are reasonable estimates of fair value in view of the nature of these instruments or the relatively short period of time between the origination of the instruments and their expected realisation. The fair value of advances and other balances with related parties which are short term or repayable on demand are equivalent to their carrying amount.

The fair value of other non -- current financial instruments for disclosure purposes is estimated by discounting the future contractual cash flows at the current market interest rate that is available to the Group for similar financial instruments. The carrying amount of the Group's non -- current advances to related parties fairly approximates the estimated fair value of these assets based on discounted cash flows. The fair value of the Group ' s non -- current fixed interest rate advances, customer deposits and borrowings at the end of the reporting periods is not significantly different from the carrying amounts. The current market interest rates utilised for discounting purposes, which were almost equivalent to the respective instruments' contractual interest rates, are deemed observable but other significant inputs are not observable and accordingly these fair value estimates have been categorised as Level 3 within the fair value measurement hierarchy required by IFRS 7, 'Financial Instruments: Disclosures'.

14 Financial risk management

The financial risks faced by the Company include market risk (including price risk, foreign exchange risk and interest rate risk), credit risk and liquidity risk. The Board reviews and agrees policies for managing each of these risks. Neither the Company nor the Group uses derivative financial instruments for trading purposes.

Credit risk

Credit risk is the risk of the financial loss to the Group if a customer or counterparty to a financial instrument fails to meet its contractual obligations. The scale of risk to the Group is set out in the table below:

 
 
 Credit risk exposures                    2022      2021 
 (all Stage 1, unless otherwise        GBP'000   GBP'000 
  stated) 
====================================  --------  -------- 
 On-balance sheet: 
 Cash and balances at central banks     37,522    14,493 
 Debt securities                             -     6,500 
 Gross Loans and leases receivable 
  (net of ECLs) 
  Stage 1                              101,054    17,127 
  Stage 2                                    -       553 
  Stage 3                                    -       316 
 Other assets                            1,012       927 
 Off-balance sheet: 
 Loan commitments and other credit 
  related liabilities                   19,700     6,159 
====================================  ========  ======== 
 As at 31 March                        159,288    46,075 
====================================  ========  ======== 
 
 
 

The Group's exposure to credit risk is influenced mainly by the individual characteristics of each customer loan, lease or receivable. Each new customer is analysed individually for creditworthiness before payment is made. The conduct of customer accounts is reviewed regularly.

Exposure to credit risk is managed in part by obtaining collateral security and corporate and personal guarantees, as management considers necessary. Property bridging loans are secured over the property for which the loan is advanced and personal guarantees are also obtained.

The Group establishes an allowance for impairment in accordance with IFRS 9.

The table below shows the loan exposures of the Group in respect of secured loans:

 
                                            2022 
                                 ========================== 
                                  Loan Balance   Collateral 
 Group                                 GBP'000      GBP'000 
===============================  -------------  ----------- 
 Loans and advances under IFRS 
  9 
  Stage 1                               97,738      200,577 
  Stage 2                                    -            - 
  Stage 3                                    -            - 
 As at 31 March                         97,738      200,577 
-------------------------------  -------------  ----------- 
 

The table below represents an analysis of the loan to value of the loan exposures secured by property:

 
                               2022 
                 =============================== 
                       Loan Balance   Collateral 
  Group                     GBP'000      GBP'000 
===============  ------------------  ----------- 
 Less than 60%               53,260      132,652 
  Stage 1                    53,260      132,652 
  Stage 2                         -            - 
  Stage 3                         -            - 
                 ------------------  ----------- 
 60%-80%                     44,478       67,925 
  Stage 1                    44,478       67,925 
  Stage 2                         -            - 
  Stage 3                         -            - 
                 ------------------  ----------- 
 80%-100%                         -            - 
                 ------------------  ----------- 
  Stage 1                         -            - 
  Stage 2                         -            - 
  Stage 3                         -            - 
---------------  ------------------  ----------- 
 As at 31 March              97,738      200,577 
===============  ==================  =========== 
 

In addition to secured loans, there were unsecured loans of GBP3,316,000 at 31 March 2022.

The table below shows the concentration of the portfolio and the value of collateral held by loan product and location:

 
                                        2022 
                             ========================== 
                              Loan Balance   Collateral 
  Group                            GBP'000      GBP'000 
===========================  -------------  ----------- 
 Concentration by Product 
 Bridging                            9,757       23,361 
 Commercial                         64,038      135,522 
 Professional buy-to-let            24,713       41,694 
 Working capital                       940            - 
 Professional practice                 756            - 
 Hire purchase                         190            - 
 Finance leases                        660            - 
===========================  =============  =========== 
 As at 31 March 2022               101,054      200,577 
===========================  =============  =========== 
 
 Concentration by Location 
 East Midlands                       3,838       10,855 
 East of England                     6,020       16,790 
 London                             20,290       43,325 
 North East                          3,298        5,325 
 North West                         21,340       38,378 
 South East                         35,746       72,890 
 South West                            662        1,190 
 Wales                               1,476        3,303 
 West Midlands                         215          395 
 Yorkshire & Humberside              4,853        8,126 
 Unsecured loans                     3,316            - 
---------------------------  -------------  ----------- 
 As at 31 March 2022               101,054      200,577 
===========================  =============  =========== 
 

Foreign exchange risk

The foreign exchange risk for the Group is immaterial as the financial instruments held by the Group are largely denominated in sterling.

Liquidity risk

Liquidity risk is the risk that the Group, although solvent, either does not have sufficient financial resources to enable it to meet its obligations as they fall due or can only secure such resources at excessive cost. The Group's approach to managing liquidity is to ensure, as far as possible, that it will always have sufficient liquidity to meet its liabilities when due, under both normal and stressed conditions, without incurring unacceptable losses or risking damage to the Group's reputation.

The Group has sufficient cash to meet its current requirements. At 31 March 2022 and 31 March 2021, the Group did not have a bank overdraft facility.

The total gross contractual undiscounted cash flows for financial liabilities, including interest payments are:

 
                                      Less than  3 to 12      1 to 
                        On demand      3 months   months   5 years    > 5 years    Total 
 Year ended 31 March      GBP'000       GBP'000  GBP'000   GBP'000      GBP'000  GBP'000 
  2022 
======================  =========  ============  =======  ========  ===========  ======= 
 Group 
  Interest -- bearing 
  borrowings                    -           296    2,409       236          109    3,050 
 Other liabilities              -         4,118        -         -            -    4,118 
 Customer deposits            107         4,721   58,741    34,824            -   98,393 
 Lease liabilities              -            44       56        35            -      135 
======================  =========  ============  =======  ========  ===========  ======= 
                              107         9,179   61,206    35,095          109  105,696 
======================  =========  ============  =======  ========  ===========  ======= 
 
 
                                      Less than  3 to 12      1 to 
                        On demand      3 months   months   5 years    > 5 years    Total 
 Year ended 31 March      GBP'000       GBP'000  GBP'000   GBP'000      GBP'000  GBP'000 
  2021 
======================  =========  ============  =======  ========  ===========  ======= 
 Group 
  Interest -- bearing 
  borrowings                    -           754    2,310     3,068            -    6,132 
 Other liabilities              -         4,019        -         -            -    4,019 
 Customer deposits              -             2        -         -            -        2 
 Lease liabilities              -            77      225       110            -      412 
======================  =========  ============  =======  ========  ===========  ======= 
                                -         4,852    2,535     3,178            -  10,565 
======================  =========  ============  =======  ========  ===========  ======= 
 

Interest rate risk

The Bank has interest -- bearing assets and liabilities at fixed interest rates. The Group may make loans on either a fixed or variable (floating) interest rate basis. Changes in the interest on variable (floating) loans will arise from changes in the underlying Bank of England base rate or market rate. The Group mitigates interest rate risk through the Recognise Bank Asset and Liability Committee which is responsible for identifying, managing and controlling all balance sheet risks in accordance with Recognise Bank's chosen business strategy. With this exception, the Group and Company had no floating rate borrowings at either 31 March 2022 or 31 March 2021.

In line with regulatory reporting requirements, as set by the EBA, the Bank considers a parallel 200 basis points (bps) movement to be appropriate for evaluating sensitivity to interest rate risk. As at 31 March 2022 the Group estimates that a +/- 200 bps movement in interest rates would have impacted the economic value of equity by +GBP26k/-GBP20k respectively (2021: +GBP184k/-GBP178k).

Valuation of financial instruments

The Group measures the fair value of an instrument using quoted prices in an active market for that instrument. A market is regarded as active if quoted prices are readily and regularly available and represent actual and regularly occurring market transactions. In Recognise Bank this applies to Gilts and Treasury Bills which are held at fair value which is determined on a monthly basis by recalculating the nominal value of each holding against the close-of-business market price for each relevant instrument.

The Group measures fair value using the following fair value hierarchy that reflects the significance of the inputs used in making measurements:

Level 1: inputs are quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities that the entity can access at the measurement date

Level 2: inputs are inputs other than quoted market prices included within Level 1 that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly or indirectly

Level 3: inputs are unobservable inputs for the asset or liability

No Level 1 or Level 2 assets were held at 31 March 2022 (2021: Level 1 Debt securities GBP6,500,500).

Level 3 valuation

In March 2021, assets within the Milton Home and Acorn to Oaks disposal groups became Level 3 assets on their reclassification as disposal groups. Investment properties and financial assets - equity release plans held by Milton Homes were already Level 3 assets. There were no transfers of assets between categories during the previous year. An asset is transferred when, due to changes in circumstances, it falls into another category within the fair value hierarchy.

 
The following tables present the Group's assets 
 that are measured at fair value: 
                                                     2022     2021 
 Level 3 valuation                                GBP'000  GBP'000 
 Acorn to Oaks disposal group                           -    1,114 
 Milton Homes disposal group                            -    8,450 
                                                        -    9,564 
================================================  =======  ======= 
 
 

The movement on level 3 assets is as follows:

 
                                          2022      2021 
                                       GBP'000   GBP'000 
 Balance at 1 April                      9,564    68,952 
 Movements prior to reclassification 
    Additions                                -         - 
    Equity transfer                          -     1,212 
    Revaluations                             -     6,712 
    Disposals                          (9,564)   (7,188) 
=====================================  =======  ======== 
                                             -    69,688 
 Transfer to Milton Homes disposal 
  group                                      -  (69,688) 
 Additions - disposal groups                 -     9,564 
=====================================  =======  ======== 
 Balance at 31 March                         -     9,564 
=====================================  =======  ======== 
 

Capital Management

The Group maintains an actively managed capital base to cover risks inherent in the business. The primary objectives of capital management are to ensure that the Group complies with both external and internal capital requirements and maintains healthy capital ratios in order to support its business and maximise shareholder value.

The Group has prepared detailed budgets which include an assessment of its future capital requirements and is developing plans to meet these by accessing new funding as required.

The Group manages its capital structure and makes adjustments to it in the light of changes in economic conditions, risk characteristics of its activities and regulatory requirements. The adequacy of the Group's capital is monitored using, amongst other measures, the rules and ratios established by the PRA.

During the past year, the Group complied in full with all its externally imposed capital requirements. The table below shows the Group's CET1 capital ratios as at 31 March 2022 and 31 March 2021.

 
                                                        Group 
                                                   ---------------- 
                                                      2022     2021 
Capital Ratios (unaudited)                         GBP'000  GBP'000 
-------------------------------------------------  -------  ------- 
CET 1 Capital Instruments                           38,031   39,386 
Deductions - Intangible assets/ Other deductions     (980)  (4,590) 
-------------------------------------------------  -------  ------- 
CET 1 Capital after Deductions                      37,051   34,796 
-------------------------------------------------  -------  ------- 
Own Funds                                           37,051   34,796 
------------------------------------------------- 
CET1 Capital Ratio                                  41.47%   78.86% 
-------------------------------------------------  -------  ------- 
Total Capital Ratio                                 41.47%   78.86% 
-------------------------------------------------  -------  ------- 
 

15 Risk statement

The Board has overall responsibility for ensuring the Group operates in a safe and sound manner and for establishing an organisational structure to discharge this duty.

The Company's Audit and Risk Committee is responsible for the oversight of both Group risk management and the Group's internal control environment. The Group's business activities are now primarily conducted through Recognise Bank and the Audit and Risk Committee relies increasingly on the oversight of committees established by the Recognise Bank board.

The Board reviews and assesses the principal and emerging risks in the Group annually. In addition to matters reported by the Company's Audit and Risk Committee, the Chief Risk Officer of Recognise Bank (CRO) provides input to the Board.

As a fully authorised UK bank, Recognise Bank has developed a strong risk management function to address the operational and other risks it faces. The Board endorses the risk management strategy of Recognise Bank which is set out below and, to the extent it is applicable, has adopted it for the Company and other group companies.

Risk culture

Recognise Bank understands the need for an open and clear risk management approach and the risk culture in Recognise Bank is designed to facilitate:

   --      strong risk awareness across the organisation; 
   --      reward structure that aligns with risk appetite and reinforces the risk management culture; 
   --      risk-aware decision-making in line with strategic goals; 
   --      clarity in roles and responsibilities within the three lines of defence; and 
   --      risks being identified, quantified, managed and reported in a timely fashion. 

All employees are provided with training during their induction and have ongoing refresher training.

Risk appetite

The Risk Appetite Statement, which is approved by the Recognise Bank board, is reviewed regularly.

Risk Appetite Statements include qualitative and quantitative measures of risk, and the position against risk appetites is reported monthly to the Recognise Bank Board.

The Risk Appetite Statement cover the risks included in the Principal Risks identified in the table below.

Enterprise risk management

All business areas maintain risk and control self-assessments ("RCSAs") within an enterprise risk management system, which records the risks and controls. RCSAs are subject to approval by members of the Recognise Bank Executive Committee ("Executives") and are subject to re-certification and approval at regular intervals, which are set depending on the risk.

Material risks based on these RCSAs are reported to the Executive Risk Committee ("ERC") monthly, and to the Board Risk Committee ("BRC") on an exceptions basis (ie those risks which are outside risk appetite).

Emerging risks

All colleagues, particularly Executives, are tasked with identifying emerging risks and ensuring these are adequately captured in the enterprise risk management system.

Recognise Bank maintains a risk radar, which includes emerging risks identified from regulatory publications and industry publications.

Scenario testing

Recognise Bank runs an annual programme of adverse scenarios, such as a cyber attack, to test the adequacy of controls and incident management plans. The results are reported to the ERC and are summarised for the BRC.

Risk strategy

Recognise Bank operates an annual reassessment of the risk management framework, in which it considers the risk management capability that it aims to have in place to support the business in the next 12 to 18 months, and sets out any actions required to improve and develop the risk management framework.

The Risk strategy is subject to approval by the BRC, and progress against the actions in the Risk strategy is provided to each ERC and BRC meeting.

Three lines of defence

Recognise Bank operates three lines of defence.

The first line of defence accepts, manages, and declines risks; owns the risks, and implements controls and/or other methods to mitigate the risk, as required; and operates within the Recognise Bank board approved risk appetite statements and supporting limits.

The second line of defence (Risk team) supports the Recognise Bank board in establishing and maintaining the risk management framework; provides independent challenge to the business; provides assurance through a risk and compliance monitoring and testing plan; provides independent reporting to the Board against risk appetite; and reports to the Board Risk Committee.

The third line of defence (internal audit) reviews the internal control environment, including culture and governance, and reports to the Audit Committee.

Risk function

The Risk function, led by the CRO, is responsible for oversight of risks in the Group and this is achieved by:

   --      providing support and advice to the first line of defence; 
   --      establishing the risk framework; 
   --      monitoring the performance of the business against those risks; and 
   --      reviewing action plans where risk appetite is, or is at risk of, being exceeded. 

All colleagues

All colleagues in Recognise Bank have a responsibility for risk identification and management. This includes the identification and assessment of risks, working openly and cooperatively with the second and third lines of defence, and addressing recommendations or findings on a timely basis.

Each business area is responsible for maintaining clear processes, and managers are responsible for ensuring that their staff have the appropriate skills and/ or experience and training for their roles.

The Risk management section of the Annual Report includes a table that sets out further information on principal risks and uncertainties together with key mitigants and controls that apply for each.

16 Reclassification of prior year figures

The tables below provide a reconciliation between the consolidated income statement and consolidated balance sheet as originally presented in the financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2021 and the prior year figures in the financial statements for the current year, following reclassifications occasioned by a change in the presentation of the financial statements. As explained in note 1, the change in the presentation and classification of the financial statements reflects the change in the Group's business activities.

Consolidated income statement

The revised presentation of the consolidated income statement has not resulted in any changes in the results for the year ending 31 March 2021. The representation of the prior year consolidated income statement is as follows:

 
                                                                Re-presented figures - 2021 
                  ---------  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
                                                                                                            Net 
                                                                                                     impairment 
                                                                                                           loss 
 Consolidated          2021        Net     Net fees                                                          on 
  income             Annual   interest          and     Staff   Operating   Finance                   financial   Discontinued 
  statement          Report     income   commission     costs    expenses   expense   Depreciation       assets     operations 
                    GBP'000    GBP'000      GBP'000   GBP'000     GBP'000   GBP'000        GBP'000      GBP'000        GBP'000 
----------------  ---------  ---------  -----------  --------  ----------  --------  -------------  -----------  ------------- 
 Revenue              1,976      1,900           76 
 Cost of 
  sales                (13)                    (12)                   (1) 
 Administrative 
  expenses         (11,396)                           (7,674)     (3,327)                    (395) 
 Other income           103                     103 
 Provision 
  for bad 
  and doubtful 
  debts               (138)                                                                               (138) 
 Finance 
  expense             (651)      (614)                                (1)      (36) 
 Loss after 
  tax from 
  discontinued 
  operations        (2,760)                                                                                            (2,760) 
 Loss for 
  the year         (12,879)      1,286          167   (7,674)     (3,329)      (36)          (395)        (138)        (2,760) 
----------------  ---------  ---------  -----------  --------  ----------  --------  -------------  -----------  ------------- 
 

Consolidated balance sheet

The revised presentation of the consolidated balance sheet as at 31 March 2021 has not changed either the description or amounts of the following items within the consolidated balance sheet:

 
 2021 Annual Report                                          GBP'000 
---------------------------------------------------------  --------- 
 Intangible assets                                             1,028 
 Property, plant and equipment                                   150 
 Right-of-use assets                                             369 
 Debt securities                                               6,500 
 Cash and cash equivalents                                    14,493 
 Assets in disposal groups classified as held for 
  sale                                                        66,294 
 Liabilities directly associated with assets in disposal 
  groups classified as held for sale                        (56,730) 
---------------------------------------------------------  --------- 
 

The following items have been reclassified as shown in the table below:

 
                                                               Re-presented figures - 2021 
                                    ================================================================================ 
 Extracts from                2021           Loans                            Deposits 
  Consolidated balance      Annual    and advances     Other                      from          Lease          Other 
  sheet                     Report    to customers    assets   Borrowings    customers    liabilities    liabilities 
                           GBP'000         GBP'000   GBP'000      GBP'000      GBP'000        GBP'000        GBP'000 
=======================  =========  ==============  ========  ===========  ===========  =============  ============= 
 Non-current assets 
 Loans                       7,149           7,149         -            -            -              -              - 
 Finance leases                988             988         -            -            -              -              - 
 Current assets 
 Loans                       7,496           7,496         -            -            -              -              - 
 Finance leases                398             398         -            -            -              -              - 
 Trade and other 
  receivables                3,071           2,144       927            -            -              -              - 
=======================  =========  ==============  ========  ===========  ===========  =============  ============= 
 Total assets (A)           19,102          18,175       927            -            -              -              - 
-----------------------  ---------  --------------  --------  -----------  -----------  -------------  ------------- 
 Current liabilities 
 Borrowings                (4,022)               -         -      (4,022)            -              -              - 
 Trade and other 
  payables                 (4,424)           (179)         -            -          (2)              -        (4,243) 
 Lease liabilities           (289)               -         -            -            -          (289)              - 
 Non-current 
 liabilities 
 Borrowings                (2,976)               -         -      (2,976)            -              -              - 
 Lease liabilities           (109)               -         -            -            -          (109)              - 
=======================  =========  ==============  ======== 
 Total liabilities 
  (B)                     (11,820)           (179)         -      (6,998)          (2)          (398)        (4,243) 
As reclassified 
 (A-B)                       7,282          17,996       927      (6,998)          (2)          (398)        (4,243) 
 

17 Post balance sheet events

Exercise of Subscription Agreements warrants

On 16 May 2022, the two holders of the Subscription Agreements warrants, Parasol V27 Limited and Max Barney Investments Limited, exercised their warrants to subscribe a gross amount of GBP6,526,250 in cash for 9,458,333 ordinary shares of 2p each which were issued at 69p each. The net proceeds of GBP6.45m have been invested in Recognise Bank to support its continuing growth and investment in technology.

8% Redeemable Preference Shares in Credit Asset Management Limited ("CAML")

On 16 May 2022, the Company acquired GBP2,069,914 8% Redeemable Preference Shares in Credit Asset Management Limited ("Preference Shares") held by HPB Pension Trust, an entity associated with Max Barney Investments Limited. The consideration of GBP2,179,704, which comprised the nominal value plus the amount of accrued but unpaid dividends on the Preference Shares, was satisfied by the issue of 3,158,992 new ordinary shares of 2 pence at 69p each. All the Preference Shares in issue were then held by the Company.

On 26 July 2022, the Company subscribed GBP3m for ordinary shares which were issued at par by CAML. On 27 July 2022, CAML redeemed the GBP3m Preference Shares in issue from the proceeds of this issue of ordinary shares. Following the redemption, CAML had only ordinary shares in issue, all of which were held by the Company.

Annual General Meeting

The 2022 annual general meeting will be held at 12.30 pm on 6 October 2022 at the office of the Company at 2nd Floor, Augustine House, 6A Austin Friars, London EC2N 2HA. The notice of meeting will be included in the Annual Report which will be posted to shareholders on 12 September 2022.

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