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Croma Security Solutions Group PLC Half-year Report

25/02/2019 7:00am

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Croma Security Solutions Group PLC

25 February 2019

25 Feb 2019

Croma Security Solutions Group Plc

("CSSG", "Croma", "the "Company" or the "Group")

Interim Results for the Six Months to 31 December 2018

Continued Demand led by UK wide Security Concerns

Croma Security Solutions Group plc the AIM listed total security services provider announces its unaudited interim results for the six months to 31 December 2018.

Trading maintained at record levels

 GBPm        2018    2017    2016 
 Revenue     18.0    17.3    11.2 
 EBITDA      1.20    1.20    0.44 
 EPS         5.21p   4.92p   1.09p 
 Dividend    0.7p    0.6p    0.5p 

-- Reflecting ongoing UK wide security concerns, demand for Croma's innovative security solutions remains strong

   --    H1 Revenues include a mix of longer term contracts and shorter term projects 
   --    Group is ungeared with cash balances of GBP1.7m (2017: GBP1.4m) 
   --    17% increase in interim dividend 

Innovative Solutions for the UK Homeland Security Market

   --    Strategic focus on becoming the British security brand 
   --    UK Guarding market continuing to move toward premium services as offered by Croma 

-- Ex-military ethos remains core part of Group culture and key to new contract wins and retention

   --    Commenced the development of a national network of security centres 

Sebastian Morley, Chairman of CSSG, said:

"Demand for our services in our last financial year was at a record high and it is pleasing that this demand has continued into the first six months of the current financial year. There is a mixture of contracted and project work, the latter making it harder to predict future revenue levels. However, what is clear is that there has been a step change in demand for CSSG's premium services and as a business we are focused on taking advantage of this opportunity. Our aim is to become the British security brand and as part of that objective we are looking to establish a national network of security centres from which we will be able to sell all our services under one roof."

This announcement contains inside information as defined in Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulations No. 596/2014 and is disclosed in accordance with the Company's obligations under Article 17 of those Regulations

For further information visit or contact:

Croma Security Solutions Group Plc Tel: +44 (0)7768 006 909

Sebastian Morley (Chairman)

WH Ireland Limited

Tel: +44 (0)207 220 1666

(Nominated Adviser and Broker)

Mike Coe

Jessica Cave

Novella Tel: +44 (0)203 151 7008

Tim Robertson

Toby Andrews

Chairman's Statement


I am pleased to report the financial results for the first six months of the current financial year which show the business continuing the momentum begun in the prior year. There has been a step change in demand for our premium services which has been driven by the requirements from both large commercial enterprises and government on both a local and a national level.

The profitability of the Group has increased more than threefold in the last two years and we are focused on ensuring the pre-eminence of its long-term position in the UK Security market.

Strategy for Growth within UK Security Market

Reflecting the real and perceived increases in risk across the UK, security has become a higher priority for both public and private institutions which has substantially increased demand for Croma's innovative client solutions. As a consequence, the Board has been working on the Group's strategy aimed at maximising this opportunity and further developing Croma's market position within the UK security market through:

-- setting new standards in providing premium guarding services, community awareness schemes and innovative front of house solutions under the Croma Vigilant and PROception brands;

-- building a national network of Croma Security Centres, through which all of the Group's services are sold; and

   --    becoming the British security brand. 

The quality of the UK's guarding industry is variable. In the main, guarding is often performed by underpaid, poorly dressed individuals with limited training, a trend being exacerbated currently by sector consolidation. Whereas, Croma Vigilant with its ex-military ethos focuses on providing a premium guarding service performed by well trained, well-motivated individuals directed by ex-military management teams. As security concerns grow generally, demand for these premium services increases and the Group is developing its offering to combine the roles of guarding with front of house services creating a joined-up solution with the potential to transform the way manned security services are delivered in offices, hotels and public institutions.

The key strategic change is the development of a national network of Security Centres. The Board believes there is a market opportunity to establish a national chain of modern security centres offering a full range of security solutions from CCTV, intruder alarm and advanced security systems as well as high security locks. Last year the Group began the conversion of its eight retail outlets into modern Security Centres which has shown that the format works, enabling the stores to sell the full range of the Group's security capabilities to both domestic and commercial customers.

Croma Vigilant

Croma Vigilant is the largest part of our business providing manned guarding for assets and individuals. It has had another very successful period, maintaining sales at similar record levels to the prior year. Providing high-grade security personnel who are typically ex-military is a significant factor in helping to ensure that Vigilant is able to deliver a premium service. The division now employs over 1,200 security personnel throughout the UK. In London alone, Croma is responsible for guarding assets worth in excess of GBP3 billion.

During the period under review, the division won a mix of new long-term contracts and one-off project work. There is slightly more contracted work than the prior year which is aiding visibility on the Group's future financial performance.

Croma Systems

Croma Systems, provider of a range of innovative security technology services including CCTV, Intruder Alarms, FastVein (Biometrics) and high security locks, delivered a good performance matching last year's record performance. This division will be responsible for the development of the national network of security centres, thereby enabling the Group to sell all its security solutions under one roof throughout the UK.

FastVein, the Group's biometric high-speed human identifier, is part of the forefront of modern security technology. While still small in terms of contribution to the Group revenues, the potential for this technology is significant. There is a good pipeline of new contracts for this technology which underpin the Board's confidence in this product.

Financial Review

Revenue increased by 4% for the 6 months to 31 December 2018 to GBP18m ( 2017: GBP17.3m). This reflects good customer retention in Croma Vigilant and an improvement in our Locksmiths division which continues to see revenues supported by its contract with a major UK water utility provider and also reflects the full benefits of a restructuring in the period.

During this period the Group completed the purchase of the trade and assets of a locksmiths and security business in Ascot for GBP80k. This acquisition will help improve our geographical coverage and is part of our strategy for the development of national security centres.

The Group remains free from borrowings with cash balances at 31 December 2018 of GBP1.7m ( 2017: GBP1.4m). Towards the end of 2018 we have seen some delay in payment from one of our major customers due to a change in their IT systems. This has impacted our cashflow by approximately GBP700k, however the effects of this are expected to reverse in the second half of the year.


The Board is pleased to declare a 16.7% increased interim dividend of 0.7p (2017: 0.6p) per share, to be paid on 8 April 2019 to shareholders with an ex-dividend date of 21 March 2019 and an associated record date of 22 March 2019.


We have begun the second half of the financial year well, continuing the positive trading momentum. As a Group we are focused on implementing our strategic plan aimed at becoming the British security brand.

Sebastian Morley


25 February 2019




                                                           6 months    6 months        Year 
                                                              ended       ended       ended 
                                                          31-Dec-18   31-Dec-17   30-Jun-18 
                                                          unaudited   unaudited     audited 
                                                  Notes     GBP000s     GBP000s     GBP000s 
 Revenue                                                     17,981      17,269      35,119 
 Cost of sales                                             (14,669)    (14,066)    (27,970) 
                                                                     ----------  ---------- 
 Gross profit                                                 3,312       3,203       7,149 
 Administrative expenses                                    (2,287)     (2,187)     (5,136) 
 Operating profit                                             1,025       1,016       2,013 
 Analysed as: 
 Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, 
  and amortisation                                            1,223       1,197       2,500 
 Depreciation                                                 (102)        (60)       (161) 
 Amortisation of intangible assets                             (96)       (121)       (326) 
                                                         ----------  ----------  ---------- 
 Operating profit                                             1,025       1,016       2,013 
 Finance costs                                                  (9)        (18)        (38) 
 Profit before tax                                            1,016         998       1,975 
 Tax                                                          (188)       (181)       (359) 
 Profit for the year from continuing operations                 828         817       1,616 
 Profit and total comprehensive income 
  for the period attributable to owners 
  of the parent                                                 828         817       1,616 
 Earnings per share                                 3 
 Basic and fully diluted earnings per 
  share (pence) 
 - From continuing operations                                  5.21        4.92        9.89 




                                                31-Dec-18   31-Dec-17   30-Jun-18 
                                                unaudited   unaudited     audited 
                                                  GBP000s     GBP000s     GBP000s 
 Non-current assets 
 Goodwill                                           7,233       7,213       7,213 
 Other Intangible assets                              739       1,040         835 
 Property, plant and equipment                        535         474         476 
                                                    8,507       8,727       8,524 
 Current assets 
 Inventories                                          753         638         668 
 Trade and other receivables                        7,276       6,277       6,077 
 Cash and cash equivalents                          1,712       1,374       2,154 
                                                    9,741       8,289       8,899 
 Total assets                                      18,248      17,016      17,423 
 Non-current liabilities 
 Deferred tax                                       (182)       (220)       (197) 
 Trade and other payables over 
  1 year                                                -        (21)        (12) 
                                                    (182)       (241)       (209) 
 Current liabilities 
 Trade and other payables                         (6,194)     (6,006)     (6,071) 
 Borrowings                                             -           -        (66) 
                                                  (6,194)     (6,006)     (6,137) 
 Total liabilities                                (6,376)     (6,247)     (6,346) 
 Net assets                                        11,872      10,769      11,077 
                                               ==========  ==========  ========== 
 Issued capital and reserves attributable 
  to owners of the parent 
 Share capital                                        794         794         794 
 Treasury shares                                    (399)           -       (399) 
 Share premium                                      6,133       6,133       6,133 
 Merger reserve                                     2,139       2,139       2,139 
 Capital redemption reserve                            51          51          51 
 Retained earnings                                  3,142       1,640       2,347 
 Share options                                         12          12          12 
 Total equity                                      11,872      10,769      11,077 
                                               ==========  ==========  ========== 




                                                        6 months    6 months        Year 
                                                           ended       ended       ended 
                                                       31-Dec-18   31-Dec-17   30-Jun-18 
                                                       unaudited   unaudited     audited 
                                               Notes     GBP000s     GBP000s     GBP000s 
 Cash flows from operating activities 
   Profit before taxation                                  1,016         998       1,975 
   Depreciation, and amortisation                            198         181         487 
   Net changes in working capital                4       (1,262)         167         263 
   Financial expenses                                          9          18          38 
   Taxes paid                                                  -        (48)        (74) 
 Net cash (used)/generated from operations                  (39)       1,316       2,689 
 Cash flows from investing activities 
   Purchase of business                                     (80)           -           - 
   Purchase of property, plant and 
    equipment                                              (107)       (114)       (264) 
   Proceeds on disposal of property, plant 
    and equipment                                              -           -          47 
 Net cash used in investing activities                     (187)       (114)       (217) 
 Cash flows from financing activities 
   Purchase of treasury shares                                 -           -       (406) 
   Buy back and cancellation of shares                         -       (354)       (354) 
   Sale of treasury shares                                     -           -           5 
   Hire purchase repayments                                 (25)        (31)        (52) 
   Repayments on borrowings                                 (33)       (195)       (154) 
   Dividends paid                                          (149)           -        (89) 
   Interest paid                                             (9)        (18)        (38) 
 Net cash used in financing activities                     (216)       (598)     (1,088) 
 Net (decrease)/increase in cash 
  and cash equivalents                                     (442)         604       1,384 
   Cash and cash equivalents at beginning 
    of period                                              2,154         770         770 
 Cash and cash equivalents at end 
  of the period                                            1,712       1,374       2,154 



                                       Share        Treasury          Share         Merger        Redemption        Retained           Share          Total 
                                     Capital          Shares        Premium        Reserve           Reserve        Earnings         Options         Equity 
                                     GBP000s         GBP000s        GBP000s        GBP000s           GBP000s         GBP000s        GBP000's        GBP000s 
 Balance At 1 July 2018 
   (as previously reported)              794           (399)          6,133          2,139                51           2,347              12         11,077 
 Effect of new standards                   -               -              -              -                 -             116               -            116 
 Balance At 1 July 2018 
   (as restated)                         794           (399)          6,133          2,139                51           2,463              12         11,193 
 Profit for the period                     -               -              -              -                 -             828               -            828 
 Dividends paid                            -               -              -              -                 -           (149)               -          (149) 
 At 31 December 2018                     794           (399)          6,133          2,139                51           3,142              12         11,872 
                                    ========       =========       ========       ========       ===========       =========       =========       ======== 
 Balance at 1 July 2017                  845               -          6,133          2,139                 -           1,176              12         10,305 
 Shares redeemed                        (51)               -              -              -                51           (353)               -          (353) 
 Profit for the period                     -               -              -              -                 -             817               -            817 
 Balance at 31 December 
  2017                                   794               -          6,133          2,139                51           1,640              12         10,769 
                                    ========       =========       ========       ========       ===========       =========       =========       ======== 
 Balance at 1 July 2017                  845               -          6,133          2,139                 -           1,176              12         10,305 
 Shares redeemed                        (51)               -              -              -                51           (354)               -          (354) 
 Treasury shares acquired                  -           (406)              -              -                 -               -               -          (406) 
 Treasury shares issued                    -               7              -              -                 -             (2)               -              5 
 Profit for the year                       -               -              -              -                 -           1,616               -          1,616 
 Dividends paid                            -               -              -              -                 -            (89)               -           (89) 
 Balance at 30 June 2018                 794           (399)          6,133          2,139                51           2,347              12         11,077 
                                    ========       =========       ========       ========       ===========       =========       =========       ======== 


1. Basis of preparation

The interim financial information in this report has been prepared using accounting policies consistent with IFRS as adopted by the European Union. IFRS is subject to amendment and interpretation by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and the IFRS Interpretations Committee and there is an ongoing process of review and endorsement by the European Commission. The financial information has been prepared on the basis of IFRS that the Directors expect to be adopted by the European Union and applicable as at 30 June 2019. The Group has chosen not to adopt IAS 34 "Interim Financial Statements" in preparing the interim financial information.

Statutory accounts

Financial information contained in this document does not constitute statutory accounts within the meaning of section 434 of the Companies Act 2006 ("the Act"). The statutory accounts for the year ended 30 June 2018 have been filed with the Registrar of Companies. The report of the auditors on those statutory accounts was unqualified, did not draw attention to any matters by way of emphasis and did not contain a statement under section 498(2) or (3) of the Act.

The financial information for the six months ended 31 December 2018 and 31 December 2017 is unaudited.

2. Accounting policies

Except as described below, the accounting policies applied by the Group in this interim report are the same as those applied by the Group in the consolidated financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2018.

The following standards have become applicable for accounting periods commencing on or after 1 July 2018 and the appropriate adjustments have been considered:

   -     IFRS 9 - Financial Instruments 
   -     IFRS 15 - Revenue from Contracts with Customers 

The changes in accounting policies are also expected to be reflected in the Group's consolidated financial statements as at and for the year ending 30 June 2019. A number of other new and amended standards and interpretations are effective from 1 July 2018 but they do not have a material effect on the Group's financial statements.

(a) IFRS 9 - Financial Instruments

IFRS 9 requires the use of an expected credit loss model to calculate impairment losses rather than an incurred loss model. Therefore, it is not necessary for a credit event to have occurred before credit losses are recognised. The new impairment model applies to the all the Group's financial assets.

No changes to the impairment provisions were made on transition to IFRS 9 as the effects were felt to be immaterial. In assessing impairment requirements on financial assets, the Group now considers the historic loss rates, which have been minimal, in conjunction with expected future losses and credit losses as a result of potential defaults. This will, as mandated by IFRS 9, continue to be reassessed as and when further information becomes available or when conditions change.

(b) IFRS 15 - Revenue from Contracts with Customers

The adoption of IFRS 15 has mainly affected the accounting for revenue relating to maintenance contracts. Under IFRS 15, revenue for the provision of an annual service of a security installation is recognised in the period that the service is completed. Previously under IAS 18, such revenue was recognised in equal monthly instalments over the period of the contract (typically 12 months) to match the benefits to the customer. Any income not recognised in the period of payment is held in deferred income (now known as contract income).

Under the transition method chosen, comparative information is not restated. The effect of adopting the standards in respect of prior years is recognised as an adjustment to opening equity as at 1 July 2018, which totals GBP116k, representing less income deferred (net of tax) than under the method previously adopted under IAS 18.

3. Earnings per share

Earnings per share is based upon the profit for the period and the weighted average number of shares in issue and ranking for dividend.

The following reflects the profit and share data used in the basic and diluted EPS computations:

                                                     6 months    6 months        Year 
                                                        ended       ended       ended 
                                                    31-Dec-18   31-Dec-17   30-Jun-18 
 Profit for the year on continuing operations 
  and used in basic EPS (GBP000s)                         828         817       1,616 
 Number of shares (thousands) 
 Weighted average number of shares 
  used in basic EPS                                    15,899      16,591      16,339 
 Weighted average number of shares 
  used in diluted EPS                                  15,900      16,604      16,340 

4. Note supporting the cash flow statement

                                                6 months    6 months        Year 
                                                   ended       ended       ended 
                                               31-Dec-18   31-Dec-17   30-Jun-18 
                                               unaudited   unaudited     audited 
                                                 GBP000s     GBP000s     GBP000s 
 Net changes in working capital 
 (Increase)/Decrease in inventories                 (45)          72          42 
 Increase in trade and other receivables         (1,279)     (2,473)     (2,273) 
 Increase in trade and other payables                 62       2,568       2,494 
                                                 (1,262)         167         263 

5. Dividends

The Board approved an interim dividend for the year of 0.7 pence per share (2017: 0.6p).

6. Financial Information

The Board of Directors approved this interim report on 25 February 2019.

A copy of this report can be obtained by writing to the Finance Director at our registered office; Unit 7 & 8, Fulcrum 4, Solent Way, Whiteley, Hampshire PO15 7FT or from our website at

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



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