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General Financial 2.8 0.0 0.4 181.3 8.38

Fiske PLC Final Results

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Fiske PLC

01 September 2017

1 September 2017

Fiske Plc

('Fiske' or 'the Company')

Final Results

Fiske is pleased to announce its final results for the twelve months ended 31 May 2017.

In accordance with rule 26 of the AIM Rules for Companies, this information is also available under the Investor Relations section of the Company's website, http://www.fiskeplc.com .

For further information please contact:

-- Gerard Luchini, Fiske Plc - Company Secretary

(tel: 020 7448 4700)

-- Salmaan Khawaja/Richard Tonthat/Harrison Clarke, Grant Thornton UK LLP (Nominated Adviser)

(tel: 020 7383 5100)

Chairman's Statement

Trading

We are pleased to report a return to profit for the year to May 2017. Our pre-tax profit was GBP31,000 which compares to a loss for the comparable period in 2016 of GBP1,316,000. Our revenues rose by 22% whilst our operating expenses fell by 13%. This has led to our significant improvement in profitability.

Whilst our commission revenues rose by 15% to GBP2,234,000 (2016: GBP1,951,000) our investment management fees rose by 43% to GBP970,000 (2016: GBP680,000). This was in part due to the integration of our ISA business onto our new platform alongside the appreciation of our assets under management and the gradual migration of clients to a fee based charging structure.

The annual dividend from our Euroclear holding was received at the end of the second half which means we have received the majority of two years dividends in the year to May 2017.

A portion of the 2017 dividend remains unpaid whilst we reclaim part of the Swiss withholding tax.

During the year currency movements have led to an appreciation in the carrying value of our holding in Euroclear which is denominated in Euros. The relative strength of the Euro against Sterling has resulted in a further appreciation of GBP243,000. Our holding is now valued at GBP2.44 million.

We maintain our strong financial position with a further improvement in our cash balances to GBP1,035,000 at 31 May 2017. This is up from GBP863,000 at 30 November 2016 and GBP405,000 at 31 May 2016.

Acquisition

We are pleased to have announced on 27 July 2017 the acquisition of Fieldings Investment Management. Fieldings is a discretionary and advisory investment portfolio management company with assets under management of GBP165 million. The Company's turnover for the year to 30 September 2016 was GBP1.32 million, its pre-tax profit was GBP315,000 and its net assets were GBP2.1 million which are substantially in cash. We will be welcoming six new investment managers and two support staff to Fiske as the Fieldings' team move into our offices during September. This acquisition is part of our ongoing strategy to welcome new portfolio managers with established client relationships to increase our assets under management.

As part of the transaction to acquire the Fieldings business in July 2017 and in order to maintain our capital ratios we have raised additional equity capital of GBP1.35 million. This has further strengthened our capital base.

Dividend

The Board has resolved not to pay a second interim dividend for the full year to 31 May 2017.

Markets

In the interim statement released on 13 February 2017 it was noted that the Dow Jones Industrial Index had broken through the mystical 20,000 point level. It now stands at 21,703 still propelled by five of the leading technology stocks and little else. The Federal Reserve has made it clear that higher interest rates are imminent and that their balance sheet, inflated by quantitative easing, will be reduced. It is emphasised that both measures will be gradual. Markets in both bonds and equities do not normally like an environment of rising interest rates and it will be interesting to see to what extent this new scenario is already priced into current market levels. London as usual will be heavily influenced by the direction of Wall Street. When taking into account the current worldwide geopolitical situation it is likely we will experience more volatile markets in the autumn. We expect this will have little influence on our business.

Outlook

The first half of our financial year has begun in a positive fashion with business levels in line with the previous year. We will be devoting time in the next few months to the integration of the Fieldings team and look forward to working with our new colleagues.

Annual General Meeting

As I do each year, I would like to invite our shareholders to attend our Annual General Meeting. We would like the opportunity to meet you and for you to meet the management of the Company in which you are invested. This year the Annual General Meeting is on 28 September 2017 at Fiske's offices in Salisbury House at 12.30pm. Please note that entry to the building only can be made via the London Wall or Finsbury Circus entrances.

Clive Fiske Harrison

Chairman

31 August 2017

Strategic Report

The Directors set out below their Strategic Report on the Company for the year ended 31 May 2017.

Activities and business Strategy

The principal activity of Fiske plc and its subsidiary undertakings is the provision of financial intermediation which consists of private client and institutional stockbroking, and private client investment management. Fiske plc is the trading entity of the Group and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is a member of The London Stock Exchange.

The firm's core strategy is to focus on delivering a high quality of service to clients. This entails giving both private and institutional clients a personalised service delivered by experienced individuals. The Board intends to maintain a strong balance sheet and to enable clear, unbiased advice to be given to clients.

The firm is capitalised with equity capital, with no debt and does not use financial instruments excepting its intra-day Crest cap.

Business Review

A combination of market conditions and higher trading volumes resulted in an increase in commissions receivable. The significant increase in investment management fees has materialised as expected as a result of the investment in the firm's IT infrastructure and resultant ability to benefit from revenues previously paid away to third parties.

This increase in revenues combined with the return of operational expenses to normal levels has led to a positive outlook for the financial year to 31 May 2018.

Financial review and key performance indicators

The firm's activities resulted in a profit before tax of GBP31,000 compared to a loss of GBP1,316,000 in the prior year. No dividends were paid to shareholders in the year.

The results of the Group for the year are set out on page 12 and the Consolidated Statement of Financial Position on page 13.

Future developments

As we have expressed before, the focus of our future growth will be in the area of private client investment management. We believe that we have the expertise to expand in this area and we expect that this will be achieved both organically and by very selective and probably small acquisitions which our strong balance sheet can readily support. This will not only increase our recurring fee income but also our commissions.

Risk management

The Group is exposed to a number of business risks. The risk appetite of the Group is determined by the Board, members of whom are also the principal shareholders. Monitoring of risks applicable to the business is delegated to the Risk Committee whose principal function is to identify and evaluate the key risk areas of the business and ensure those risks can be managed at a level acceptable to the Board.

The Group has identified the following as the key risks and their mitigation:

   --      Credit risk 

Credit risk refers to the risk that a third party will default on its contractual obligations resulting in financial loss to the Group.

Third party receivables consist of customer balances, spread across institutional and private clients. Ongoing credit evaluation is performed on the financial condition of accounts receivable and stock is held until settlement is effected.

The Group does not have any significant credit risk exposure to any group of third parties having similar characteristics.

   --      Market risk 

The Group is mainly exposed to market risk in respect of its trading as agent in equities and debt instruments and in its exposure to counterparties in the market. Market exposure arising from unsettled trades is closely monitored and managed during each trading day.

Market risk also gives rise to variations in asset values and thus management fees, and variations in the value of investments held by Fiske, acting as principal.

   --      Loss of staff 

Staff are a key asset in the business and retaining the services of key staff is essential to ongoing revenue generation and development of the business. All Directors are shareholders in the business with longstanding commitment to its prosperity.

   --      Operational risk 

There is a whole range of operational risks to which the Group is exposed, including reputational risks and the Group seeks to mitigate operational risk to acceptable residual levels, in accordance with its risk appetite policy, by maintenance of its control environment, which is managed through the Group's operational risk management framework. The Group's controls include appropriate segregation of duties and supervision of employees; ensuring the suitability and capability of the employees; relevant training programmes that enable employees to attain and maintain competence, and identifying risks that arise from inadequacies or failures in processes and systems.

The Group has a business continuity and disaster recovery plan which provides, inter alia, back-up premises and back-office systems and which is regularly reviewed.

Pillar 3 disclosures are published on the Company's website at www.fiskeplc.com.

This Strategic Report was approved by the Board of Directors and authorised for issue on 31 August 2017.

Signed on behalf of the Board of Directors

Clive Fiske Harrison

Chairman

Directors' Report

The Directors present their report together with the audited financial statements for the year ended 31 May 2017. The Corporate Governance Statement on page 7 forms part of this report.

Directors' interests - Shares

The Directors who served during the year and to the date of this report and their beneficial interests, including those of their spouses, at the end of the year in the shares of the Company were as follows:

 
---------------          Ordinary      Ordinary       Ordinary 
                       25p shares    25p shares     25p shares 
                      at the date     at 31 May      at 31 May 
                          of this          2017           2016 
                          report. 
-------------------  ------------  ------------  ------------- 
C F Harrison*           2,334,828     2,334,828      2,334,828 
J P Q Harrison          2,280,802     2,140,802      2,140,802 
A R Fiske-Harrison        315,842       315,842        315,842 
A D Meech                 100,000       100,000        100,000 
F G Luchini                54,990        54,990         45,000 
M H W Perrin               35,000        15,000         15,000 
 

* Including 218,000 (2016: 218,000) shares held by Mrs B Harrison, wife of Mr C F Harrison at the date of this report.

Including 2,133,802 (2016: 2,133,802) shares held by LongSand Limited, a company controlled by JPQ Harrison and 7,000 (2016: 7,000) shares held by Mrs A Harrison wife of Mr J P Q Harrison at the date of this report.

Directors' interests - Share options

Details of Directors' options over ordinary shares are as follows:

 
                                Number of options 
                                                                                 Market 
                                                                                  price 
                            Granted  Exercised  Expired                          on date    Date from 
                  At start   during    during    during    At end     Exercise      of         which 
                  of year     year      year      year     of year     price     exercise   exercisable 
--------------  ----------  -------  ---------  -------  ---------  ----------  ---------  ------------ 
F G Luchini - 
 Unapproved         75,000     -         -         -      75,000        28.75p      -        1 May 2005 
 

The closing mid-market price of the Company's ordinary 25p shares at 31 May 2017 was 50.0p (2016: 44.0p).

Major shareholdings

Shareholders holding more than 3% of the shares of the Company at the date of this report were:

 
                                    Ordinary shares       % 
---------------------------------  ----------------  ------ 
 C F Harrison                             2,334,828   20.20 
 J P Q Harrison                           2,280,802   19.73 
 Craven Hill Investments Limited          1,096,413    9.48 
 P G Turner                                 734,500    6.35 
 Miton Group                                610,000    5.28 
 S J Cockburn*                              481,227    4.16 
 Mrs C M Short                              386,029    3.34 
 

* Including 15,000 (2016: nil) shares held by Mrs J A Cockburn, wife of Mr S J Cockburn at the date of this report

Capital Structure

Details of the authorised and issued share capital, together with details of the movements in the Company's issued share capital during the year are shown in note 22.

The holders of Ordinary Shares are entitled to receive notice of and to attend and vote at any General Meeting of the Company. Every member present at such a meeting shall, upon a show of hands, have one vote. Upon a poll, holders of all shares shall have one vote for every share held. All ordinary shares are entitled to participate in any distributions of the Company's profits or assets.

There are no restrictions on the transfer of the Company's ordinary shares. Fiske plc's ordinary 25p shares are traded solely on the AIM market.

Going Concern

After making due and careful enquiry, the Directors have formed a judgement at the time of approving the financial statements, that there is a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. For this reason the Directors continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the financial statements as set out in note 1 to the accounts.

Directors' indemnities

The Company has made qualifying third party indemnity provisions for the benefit of its Directors which were renewed during the year and remain in force at the date of this report.

Disclosure of information to auditor

Each of the persons who is a Director at the date of approval of this annual report confirms that:

(i) so far as the Director is aware, there is no relevant audit information of which the Company's auditor is unaware; and

   (ii)   the Director has taken all the steps that he/she ought to have taken as a Director to make himself/herself aware of any relevant audit information and to establish that the Company's auditor is aware of that information. 

This confirmation is given and should be interpreted in accordance with the provisions of Section s418 of the Companies Act 2006.

Auditor

The Directors review the terms of reference for the auditor and obtain written confirmation that the firm has complied with its relevant ethical guidance on ensuring independence. Deloitte LLP provide audit services to the Company and Group as well as tax compliance and advisory services. The Board reviews the level of their fees to ensure they remain competitive and to ensure no conflicts of interest arise.

Deloitte LLP has expressed a willingness to continue in office as auditor and a resolution to reappoint them will be proposed at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting.

 
 By Order of the Board 
 
  J P Q Harrison              Salisbury House 
  Chief Executive Officer     London Wall 
  31 August 2017              London EC2M 5QS 
 

Corporate Governance

The Board has given consideration to the code provisions set out in the UK Corporate Governance Code issued, from time to time, by the Financial Reporting Council. As an AIM listed company, Fiske plc is not required to comply with the Code, however, the Directors have chosen to provide certain information which they believe will be helpful, having regard to the scale and nature of the Group's activities.

Board Composition

The Board currently comprises six people. The non-executive directors are Martin Perrin and Alexander Fiske-Harrison. The Board considers each non-executive director to be independent in character and judgement. Notwithstanding that Martin Perrin has been non-executive director of Fiske plc for over ten years the Board believes that he takes an independent view of issues concerning the Company and is expected to, and does, challenge executive directors as and when necessary. It is believed that no individual or small group of individuals can determine the Board's decisions.

Biographies of directors are set out at the back of these Report and Accounts immediately prior to the Notice of Annual General Meeting. In proposing retiring directors for re-election at the Annual General Meeting, the Board has considered the skills, experience and contribution of each, as part of an ongoing process.

Board Duties

It is the responsibility of Board members to discharge their duties in the best interests of the Company and to accept their collective responsibility for the long-term success of the Company. The Board, under the leadership of the Chairman, decides the strategic aims of the Company, ensures that the necessary financial and human resources are in place in order to meet the Company's objectives and ensures that obligations to shareholders are met.

Management is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Company, including the terms and conditions of employment; interviewing and hiring of staff; the systems and controls in place to provide a suitable service to our clients (as required by the regulator), and ensuring the firm has sound administrative and accounting procedures in place.

Whilst much of their work is either executed formally within full board metings, or in informal working parties, in line with the provisions of the Corporate Governance Code, the Board has formally established three committees namely the Remuneration and Nomination Committee, Audit Committee and the Risk Committee as described below. The terms of reference of these committees can be viewed on our website at www.fiskeplc.com.

Remuneration and Nomination Committee

The principal function of this committee is to determine the policy on key executives' remuneration in order to attract, retain and motivate high calibre individuals with a competitive remuneration package. It evaluates the skills, experience, independence and knowledge of current and prospective board members and makes recommendations to the Board as to the composition thereof. The Committee consists of C F Harrison (Chairman), A R Fiske-Harrison and M H W Perrin.

Fiske has not used any external search consultancy nor open advertising in the past appointments of directors. This has been deemed unnecessary as the executive directors are promoted from existing staff members. The non-executive directors are well known to the Company and fulfil the criteria set down by the Nomination Committee.

Remuneration for executives comprises basic salary, a performance-related bonus, share options and other benefits in kind. Full details of Directors' remuneration and share options granted are given in the notes to the financial statements and the Directors' Report.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee, comprises M H W Perrin (Chairman), C F Harrison and A R Fiske-Harrison. The Committee meets at least twice a year. The committee reviews the Company's external audit arrangements, including the cost-effectiveness of the audit and the independence and objectivity of the external auditor. It also reviews the interim and full year financial statements prior to their submission to the Board, the application of the Group's accounting

policies, any changes to financial reporting requirements and such other related matters as the Board may direct. The external auditor and executive Directors may be invited to attend the meetings.

Given the size of the Company, Fiske does not have an internal audit function. When appropriate, the external auditor, Deloitte, is consulted for assistance and specific review exercises.

Risk Committee

The Risk Committee, comprising M H W Perrin (Chairman), C F Harrison and J P Q Harrison, meets at least twice a year. The committee identifies and evaluates the key risk areas of the business and ensures those risks can be managed at a level acceptable to the Board. It makes recommendations to the Board in relation to capital adequacy matters.

Attendance at meetings

In the year to 31 May 2017, attendance at meetings can be quantified as:

 
                                Scheduled       Remuneration     Audit committee   Risk Committee 
                              Board meetings    and Nomination 
                                                  committee 
 Number of meetings 
  in the year                       7                 1                 2                2 
 Clive Harrison                    7/7               1/1               2/2              2/2 
 James Harrison                    5/7                -                 -               2/2 
 Alan Meech                        6/7                -                 -                - 
 Gerard Luchini                    6/7                -                 -                - 
 Martin Perrin                     7/7               1/1               2/2              2/2 
 Alexander Fiske-Harrison          6/7               1/1               2/2               - 
 
 

Internal Control

The Board of Directors recognises that it is responsible for the Group's systems of internal control and for reviewing their effectiveness. Such systems, which include financial, operational and compliance controls and risk management, have been designed to provide reasonable, but not absolute, assurance against material misstatement or loss. They include:

-- the ongoing identification, evaluation and management of the significant risks faced by the Group;

   --    regular consideration by the Board of actual financial results; 
   --    compliance with operating procedures and policies; 
   --    annual review of the Group's insurance cover; 

-- defined procedures for the appraisal and authorisation of capital expenditure and capital disposals; and

   --    regular consideration of the Group's liquidity position. 

When reviewing the effectiveness of the systems of internal control, the Board has regard to:

-- a quarterly report from the Compliance Director covering FCA regulatory matters and conduct of business rules;

   --    the level of customer complaints; 

-- the prompt review of daily management reports including previous days' bargains, unsettled trades and outstanding debtors;

   --    the regular reconciliation of all bank accounts, internal accounts and stock positions; and 

-- Management Committee meetings of Executive Directors for the day-to-day running of the business.

Customers

The Directors set it as a priority that customers and their affairs are well looked after, and customers and their treatment is specifically reviewed at each Board meeting. The Board believes that building good relationships with clients over a sustained period of time creates a better investment environment and basis for the Company's future.

Further information

Shareholders may review more detail on Fiske's Corporate Governance on our website at www.fiskeplc.com.

Directors' Responsibilities Statement

The Directors are responsible for preparing the Annual Report and the financial statements in accordance with applicable law and regulations.

Company law requires the Directors to prepare financial statements for each financial year. Under that law the Directors are required to prepare the Group financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) as adopted by the European Union and have also chosen to prepare the parent company financial statements under IFRSs as adopted by the EU. Under company law the Directors must not approve the financial statements unless they are satisfied that they give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the Group and the Company and of the profit or loss of the Group for that period. In preparing these financial statements, International Accounting Standard 1 requires that Directors:

   --              properly select and apply accounting policies; 

-- present information, including accounting policies, in a manner that provides relevant, reliable, comparable and understandable information;

-- provide additional disclosures when compliance with the specific requirements in IFRSs are insufficient to enable users to understand the impact of particular transactions, other events and conditions on the entity's financial position and financial performance; and

   --              make an assessment of the Company's ability to continue as a going concern. 

The Directors are responsible for keeping adequate accounting records that are sufficient to show and explain the Company's transactions and disclose with reasonable accuracy at any time the financial position of the Company and to enable them to ensure that the financial statements comply with the Companies Act 2006. They are also responsible for safeguarding the assets of the Company and hence for taking reasonable steps for the prevention and detection of fraud and other irregularities.

The Directors are responsible for the maintenance and integrity of the corporate and financial information included on the Company's website. Legislation in the United Kingdom governing the preparation and dissemination of financial statements may differ from legislation in other jurisdictions.

Responsibility statement

We confirm that to the best of our knowledge:

-- the financial statements, prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union, give a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and profit or loss of the company and the undertakings included in the consolidation taken as a whole;

-- the strategic report includes a fair review of the development and performance of the business and the position of the company and the undertakings included in the consolidation taken as a whole, together with a description of the principal risks and uncertainties that they face; and

-- the annual report and financial statements, taken as a whole, are fair, balanced and understandable and provide the information necessary for shareholders to assess the company's performance, business model and strategy.

This responsibility statement was approved by the board of directors on 31 August 2017 and is signed on its behalf by:

 
 J P Q Harrison 
  Chief Executive Officer 
 
  31 August 2017 
 

Independent Auditor's Report to the Members of Fiske plc

We have audited the financial statements of Fiske plc for the year ended 31 May 2017 which comprise the Consolidated Statement of Total Comprehensive Income, the Consolidated and Parent Company Statements of Financial Position, the Group and Parent Company Statement of Changes in Equity, the Group and Parent Company Cash Flow Statement, and the related notes 1 to 28. The financial reporting framework that has been applied in their preparation is applicable law and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) as adopted by the European Union and as applied in accordance with the provisions of the Companies Act 2006.

This report is made solely to the Company's members, as a body, in accordance with Chapter 3 of Part 16 of the Companies Act 2006. Our audit work has been undertaken so that we might state to the Company's members those matters we are required to state to them in an auditor's report and for no other purpose. To the fullest extent permitted by law, we do not accept or assume responsibility to anyone other than the Company and the Company's members as a body, for our audit work, for this report, or for the opinions we have formed.

Respective responsibilities of Directors and auditor

As explained more fully in the Directors' Responsibilities Statement, the Directors are responsible for the preparation of the financial statements and for being satisfied that they give a true and fair view. Our responsibility is to audit and express an opinion on the financial statements in accordance with applicable law and International Standards on Auditing (UK and Ireland). Those standards require us to comply with the Auditing Practices Board's Ethical Standards for Auditors.

Scope of the audit of the financial statements

An audit involves obtaining evidence about the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements sufficient to give reasonable assurance that the financial statements are free from material misstatement, whether caused by fraud or error. This includes an assessment of: whether the accounting policies are appropriate to the Group's and the parent Company's circumstances and have been consistently applied and adequately disclosed; the reasonableness of significant accounting estimates made by the Directors; and the overall presentation of the financial statements. In addition, we read all the financial and non-financial information in the annual report to identify material inconsistencies with the audited financial statements and to identify any information that is apparently materially incorrect based on, or materially inconsistent with, the knowledge acquired by us in the course of performing the audit. If we become aware of any apparent material misstatements or inconsistencies we consider the implications for our report.

Opinion on financial statements

In our opinion:

-- the financial statements give a true and fair view of the state of the Group's and the parent company's affairs as at 31 May 2017 and of the Group's profit for the year then ended;

-- the group financial statements have been properly prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the European Union;

-- the parent company financial statements have been properly prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted bythe European Union and as applied in accordance with the provisions of the Companies Act 2006; and

-- the financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Companies Act 2006.

Opinion on other matter prescribed by the Companies Act 2006

In our opinion the information given in the Strategic Report and the Directors' Report for the financial year for which the financial statements are prepared is consistent with the financial statements.

Matters on which we are required to report by exception

We have nothing to report in respect of the following matters where the Companies Act 2006 requires us to report to you if, in our opinion:

-- adequate accounting records have not been kept by the parent company, or returns adequate for our audit have not been received from branches not visited by us; or

-- the parent company financial statements are not in agreement with the accounting records and returns; or

   --       certain disclosures of Directors' remuneration specified by law are not made; or 
   --       we have not received all the information and explanations we require for our audit. 

Russell S Davis FCA, Senior Statutory Auditor

for and on behalf of Deloitte LLP

Statutory Auditor

London, United Kingdom

31 August 2017

Consolidated Statement of Total Comprehensive Income

For the year ended 31 May 2017

 
                                                       Notes       2017       2016 
                                                                GBP'000    GBP'000 
-----------------------------------------------------  -----  ---------  --------- 
Continuing Operations 
Fee and commission income                                  3      3,204      2,631 
Fee and commission expenses                                3      (476)      (451) 
-----------------------------------------------------  -----  ---------  --------- 
Net fee and commission income                                     2,728      2,180 
Other income                                               3         99         71 
-----------------------------------------------------  -----  ---------  --------- 
Total Revenue                                                     2,827      2,251 
-----------------------------------------------------  -----  ---------  --------- 
 
Profit on disposal of available-for-sale investments                  -          9 
Profit / (loss) on investments held for trading                      66       (12) 
Operating expenses                                              (3,039)    (3,613) 
Operating (loss)                                           6      (146)    (1,365) 
 
Investment revenue                                                  168         42 
Finance income                                             7         10          8 
Finance costs                                              8        (1)        (1) 
Profit / (loss) on ordinary activities before 
 taxation                                                            31    (1,316) 
Taxation                                                   9          -          - 
-----------------------------------------------------  -----  ---------  --------- 
Profit / (loss) on ordinary activities after 
 taxation                                                            31    (1,316) 
-----------------------------------------------------  -----  ---------  --------- 
Other comprehensive income/(loss) 
Items that may subsequently be reclassified 
 to profit or loss 
Movement in unrealised appreciation of investments                  244        128 
Deferred tax on movement in unrealised appreciation 
 of investments                                                    (25)       (30) 
-----------------------------------------------------  -----  ---------  --------- 
Net other comprehensive income/(loss)                               219         98 
-----------------------------------------------------  -----  ---------  --------- 
Total comprehensive income/(loss) attributable 
 to equity shareholders                                             250    (1,218) 
-----------------------------------------------------  -----  ---------  --------- 
Earnings /(Loss) per ordinary share 
Basic                                                     11       0.4p    (15.6p) 
Diluted                                                   11       0.4p    (15.6p) 
-----------------------------------------------------  -----  ---------  --------- 
 
 

All results are from continuing operations.

Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

31 May 2017

 
                                 Notes       2017       2016 
                                          GBP'000    GBP'000 
-------------------------------  -----  ---------  --------- 
 
Non-current Assets 
Goodwill                            12        395        395 
Other intangible assets             13        144         90 
Property, plant and equipment       14         10         17 
Available-for-sale investments      16      2,444      2,200 
-------------------------------  -----  ---------  --------- 
Total non-current assets                    2,993      2,702 
-------------------------------  -----  ---------  --------- 
 
Current Assets 
Trade and other receivables         17      2,315      2,835 
Investments held for trading        18         19         16 
Cash and cash equivalents           19      1,035        405 
-------------------------------  -----  ---------  --------- 
Total current assets                        3,369      3,256 
-------------------------------  -----  ---------  --------- 
Current liabilities 
Trade and other payables            20      2,650      2,520 
Total current liabilities                   2,650      2,520 
-------------------------------  -----  ---------  --------- 
Net current assets                            719        736 
-------------------------------  -----  ---------  --------- 
 
Non-current liabilities 
Deferred tax liabilities            21        225        201 
-------------------------------  -----  ---------  --------- 
Total non-current liabilities                 225        201 
-------------------------------  -----  ---------  --------- 
 
Net Assets                                  3,487      3,237 
-------------------------------  -----  ---------  --------- 
 
EQUITY 
Share capital                       22      2,115      2,115 
Share premium                               1,222      1,222 
Revaluation reserve                         1,459      1,240 
Retained losses                           (1,309)    (1,340) 
-------------------------------  -----  ---------  --------- 
Shareholders' equity                        3,487      3,237 
-------------------------------  -----  ---------  --------- 
 
 

These financial statements were approved by the Board of Directors and authorised for issue on 31 August 2017.

Signed on behalf of the Board of Directors

J P Q Harrison

Chief Executive Officer

Parent Company Statement of Financial Position

31 May 2017

 
                                         Notes       2017       2016 
                                                  GBP'000    GBP'000 
---------------------------------------  -----  ---------  --------- 
 
Non-current Assets 
Goodwill                                    12        230        230 
Other intangible assets                     13        144         90 
Property, plant and equipment               14         10         17 
Investments in subsidiary undertakings      15        165        165 
Available-for-sale investments              16      2,444      2,200 
---------------------------------------  -----  ---------  --------- 
Total non-current assets                            2,993      2,702 
---------------------------------------  -----  ---------  --------- 
 
Current Assets 
Trade and other receivables                 17      2,315      2,835 
Investments held for trading                18         19         16 
Cash and cash equivalents                   19      1,035        405 
---------------------------------------  -----  ---------  --------- 
Total current assets                                3,369      3,256 
---------------------------------------  -----  ---------  --------- 
Current liabilities 
Trade and other payables                    20      2,650      2,520 
Total current liabilities                           2,650      2,520 
---------------------------------------  -----  ---------  --------- 
Net current assets                                    719        736 
---------------------------------------  -----  ---------  --------- 
 
Non-current liabilities 
Deferred tax liabilities                    21        225        201 
---------------------------------------  -----  ---------  --------- 
Total non-current liabilities                         225        201 
---------------------------------------  -----  ---------  --------- 
 
Net Assets                                          3,487      3,237 
---------------------------------------  -----  ---------  --------- 
 
EQUITY 
Share capital                               22      2,115      2,115 
Share premium                                       1,222      1,222 
Revaluation reserve                                 1,459      1,240 
Retained losses                                   (1,309)    (1,340) 
---------------------------------------  -----  ---------  --------- 
Shareholders' equity                                3,487      3,237 
---------------------------------------  -----  ---------  --------- 
 
 

These financial statements were approved by the Board of Directors and authorised for issue on 31 August 2017.

Signed on behalf of the Board of Directors

J P Q Harrison

Chief Executive Officer

Group and Parent Company Statement of Changes in Equity

For the year ended 31 May 2017

 
                                          Share      Share   Revaluation    Retained 
                                        capital    premium       reserve    earnings     Total 
                                        GBP'000    GBP'000       GBP'000     GBP'000   GBP'000 
------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ------------  ----------  -------- 
 Balance at 1 June 2015                   2,115      1,222         1,142        (24)     4,455 
 Revaluation of available-for-sale 
  investments                                 -          -           128           -       128 
 Deferred tax on revaluation 
  of available-for-sale investments           -          -          (30)           -      (30) 
 Loss for the financial 
  year                                        -          -             -     (1,316)   (1,316) 
 Balance at 1 June 2016                   2,115      1,222         1,240     (1,340)     3,237 
 Revaluation of available-for-sale 
  investments                                 -          -           244           -       244 
 Deferred tax on revaluation 
  of available-for-sale investments           -          -          (25)           -      (25) 
 Profit for the financial 
  year                                        -          -             -          31        31 
 Balance at 31 May 2017                   2,115      1,222         1,459     (1,309)     3,487 
------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ------------  ----------  -------- 
 

Group and Parent Company Cash Flow Statement

For the year ended 31 May 2017

 
                                                             2017       2016 
                                                          GBP'000    GBP'000 
-----------------------------------------------------   ---------  --------- 
Operating (loss)                                            (146)    (1,365) 
Profit on disposal of available-for-sale investments            -        (9) 
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment                  50         26 
(Increase) in investments held for trading                    (3)        (3) 
Decrease in receivables                                       482      1,625 
(Decrease) / increase in payables                             130    (2,512) 
------------------------------------------------------  ---------  --------- 
Cash generated from/ (used in) operations                     513    (2,238) 
Tax paid                                                       38          - 
------------------------------------------------------  ---------  --------- 
Net cash generated from/ (used in) operating 
 activities                                                   551    (2,238) 
 
Investing activities 
Interest received                                              10          8 
Investment income received                                    168         42 
Interest paid                                                 (2)        (1) 
Proceeds on disposal of available-for-sale 
 investments                                                    -        154 
Purchases of property, plant and equipment                    (7)       (16) 
Purchases of other intangible assets                         (90)          - 
Net cash generated from investing activities                   79        187 
------------------------------------------------------  ---------  --------- 
 
Financing activities 
Dividends paid                                                  -          - 
-----------------------------------------------------   ---------  --------- 
Net cash used in financing activities                           -          - 
-----------------------------------------------------   ---------  --------- 
 
Net increase / (decrease) in cash and cash 
 equivalents                                                  630    (2,051) 
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of 
 year                                                         405      2,456 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year                    1,035        405 
------------------------------------------------------  ---------  --------- 
 
 

Notes to the Accounts

For the year ended 31 May 2017

   1              Accounting policies 

General information

Fiske plc is a limited company incorporated in the United Kingdom and registered in England and Wales, company number 02248663. The address of its registered office and principal place of business are disclosed in the Company Information page of the Financial Statements.

The principal activities of the Company are described in the Directors' Report.

New and revised IFRSs in issue but not yet effective

At the date of authorisation of these financial statements, The Group has not applied the following new and revised IFRSs that have been issued but are not yet effective and had not yet been adopted by the EU:

 
 IFRS 9                Financial Instruments 
 IFRS 15               Revenue from Contracts with Customers 
 IFRS 16               Leases 
 IFRS 2 (amendments)   Classification and Measurement of Share-based 
                        Payment Transactions 
 IAS 7 (amendments)    Disclosure Initiative 
 IAS 12 (amendments)   Recognition of Deferred Tax Assets for Unrealised 
                        Losses 
 IFRS 10 and IAS       Sale or Contribution of Assets between an Investor 
  28 (amendments)       and its Associate or Joint Venture 
 

The directors do not expect that the adoption of the Standards listed above will have a material impact on the financial statements of the Group in future periods, except that IFRS 9 will impact both the measurement and disclosures of financial instruments and IFRS 16 will have an impact on the reported assets, liabilities, income statement and cash flows of the Group. Furthermore, extensive disclosures will be required by IFRS 16. Beyond the information above, it is not practicable to provide a reasonable estimate of the effect of IFRS 9 and IFRS 15 until a detailed review has been completed.

   (a)        Basis of preparation 

These financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the requirements of IFRS implemented by the Group for the year ended 31 May 2017 as adopted by the European Union and International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee and with the Companies Act 2006. The Group financial statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention, with the exception of financial instruments, which are stated in accordance with IAS 39 Financial Instruments: recognition and measurement. The principal accounting policies are set out below.

   (b)        Going concern basis 

The Group's activities, together with the factors likely to affect its future development, performance and position are set out in the Strategic Report on pages 4 and 5. It also includes the Group's objectives, policies and processes for managing its business risk objectives, which includes its exposure to credit, market and operational risks. The Group continues to hold a substantial cash resource. After making enquiries, the Directors have formed a judgement, at the time of approving the financial statements, that there is a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. For this reason the Directors continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the financial statements

   (c)        Basis of consolidation 

The Group financial statements incorporate the financial statements of the Company and subsidiary entities controlled by the Company made up to 31 May each year. Control is achieved where the Company is exposed, or has rights, to variable returns from its involvement with an investee company and has the ability to affect those returns through its power over the other entity; power generally arises from holding a majority of voting rights

   (d)        Revenue recognition 

The Group follows the principles of IAS 18, 'Revenue Recognition', in determining appropriate revenue recognition policies. In principle, therefore, revenue is recognised to the extent that the economic benefits associated with the transaction will flow into the Group.

   --      Commission: Commission income and expenses are recognised on a trade date basis. 

-- Fees: Investment management, administration and corporate finance fees are recognised when earned with retainer fees being recognised over the length of time of the agreement.

-- Dividend income: Dividend income is recognised when the right to receive payment is established.

   (e)        Segment reporting 

IFRS 8 requires that an entity disclose financial and descriptive information about its reportable segments, which are operating segments or aggregations of operating segments. Operating segments are identified on the basis of internal reports that are regularly reviewed by the Chief Executive Officer to allocate resources and to assess performance. Using the Group's internal management reporting as a starting point the single reporting segment set out in note 3 has been identified.

   (f)         Business combinations 

The acquisition of subsidiaries is accounted for using the purchase method. The cost of acquisition is measured as the aggregate of the fair values, at the date of exchange, of the assets given, liabilities incurred or assumed, and equity instruments issued by the Group in exchange for control of the acquiree, plus any costs directly attributable to the business combination. The acquiree's identifiable assets, liabilities and contingent liabilities that meet the conditions for recognition under IFRS 3 are recognised at their fair value at the acquisition date. As permitted by IFRS 1, the Group has chosen not to restate, under IFRS, business combinations that took place prior to 1 June 2006, the date of transition to IFRS.

   (g)        Goodwill 

Goodwill arising on consolidation represents the excess of the cost of acquisition over the Group's interest in the fair value of the identifiable assets and liabilities of a subsidiary, associate or jointly controlled entity at the date of acquisition. Goodwill is initially recognised as an asset at cost and is subsequently measured at cost less any impairment. Goodwill which is recognised as an asset is reviewed for impairment at least annually. Any impairment is recognised immediately and is not subsequently reversed.

For the purpose of impairment testing, goodwill is allocated to each of the Group's cash-generating units expected to benefit from the synergies of the combination. Cash-generating units to which goodwill has been allocated are tested for impairment annually, or more frequently where there is an indication that the unit may be impaired. If the recoverable amount of the cash-generating unit is less than the carrying value of the unit, the impairment loss is allocated first to reduce the carrying amount of any goodwill allocated to the unit and then to the other assets of the unit pro rata on the basis of the carrying value of each asset in the unit. An impairment loss recognised for goodwill is not reversed in a subsequent period.

On disposal of a subsidiary, associate or jointly controlled entity, the attributable amount of goodwill is included in the determination of the profit or loss on disposal. Goodwill arising on acquisitions before the date of transition to IFRSs has been retained at the previous UK GAAP amounts subject to being tested for impairment at that date.

   (h)        Software and software licences 

The direct cost of acquisition of software licences is capitalised (if in relation to a significant installation) and, upon being brought into use, amortised as noted below. The cost of minor licenses, and the cost of deployment and associated costs to implement significant installations are expensed as incurred.

   (i)         Property, plant and equipment 

All property, plant and equipment are shown at cost less subsequent depreciation and impairment. Cost includes expenditure that is directly attributable to the acquisition of items. Depreciation is charged so as to write off the cost or valuation of assets over their useful economic lives, using the straight-line method, which is considered to be as follows:

   Office refurbishment                            - 5 years 
   Office furniture and fittings                - 4 years 
   Computer equipment                           - 3 years 
   Software                                                - 6 years 

The assets' residual values and useful lives are reviewed, and if appropriate asset values are written down to their estimated recoverable amounts, at each balance sheet date. Gains and losses on disposals are determined by comparing proceeds with the carrying amounts, and are included in the income statement.

   (j)         Impairment of intangible assets 

The Group's policy is to amortise the intangible assets over the life of the contract.

At each balance sheet date, the Group reviews the carrying amounts of its intangible assets to determine whether there is any indication that those assets have suffered an impairment loss. If any such indication exists, the recoverable amount of the asset is estimated in order to determine the extent of the impairment loss (if any). Where the asset does not generate cash flows that are independent from other assets, the Group estimates the recoverable amount of the cash-generating unit to which the asset belongs.

Recoverable amount is the higher of fair value less costs to sell and value in use. In assessing value in use, the estimated future cash flows are discounted to their present value, using a pre-tax discount rate that reflects current market assessments of the time value of money and the risks specific to the asset for which the estimates of future cash flows have not been adjusted.

If the recoverable amount of an asset (or cash-generating unit) is estimated to be less than its carrying amount, the carrying amount of the asset (cash-generating unit) is reduced to its recoverable amount. An impairment loss is recognised as an expense immediately.

   (k)       Available-for-sale investments 

Available-for-sale investments are recognised and derecognised on a trade date where a purchase or sale of an investment is effected under a contract whose terms require delivery of the investment within the timeframe established by the market concerned, and are initially measured at cost.

At subsequent reporting dates, available-for-sale investments are measured at fair value. Gains or losses arising from changes in fair value are recognised directly in equity, until the security is disposed of or is determined to be impaired, at which time the cumulative gain or loss previously recognised in equity is included in the net profit or loss for the period. Impairment losses recognised in profit or loss are not subsequently reversed through profit or loss.

The fair values of available-for-sale investments quoted in active markets are determined by reference to the current quoted bid price. Where independent market prices are not available, fair values may be determined using valuation techniques with reference to observable market data.

   (l)         Trade and other receivables 

Trade and other receivables are measured at initial recognition at fair value, and are subsequently measured at amortised cost using the effective interest rate method. Appropriate allowances for estimated irrecoverable amounts are recognised in profit or loss when there is objective evidence that the asset is impaired. The allowance recognised is measured as the difference between the asset's carrying amount and the present value of estimated future cash flows discounted at the effective interest rate computed at initial recognition.

   (m)       Investments held for trading 

Investments held for trading are measured at market value.

   (n)        Cash and cash equivalents 

Cash and cash equivalents comprise cash on hand and demand deposits, and other short-term highly liquid investments that are readily convertible to known amounts of cash and are subject to insignificant risk of changes in value. Such investments are those with original maturities of three months or less.

   (o)        Client money 

The Company holds money on behalf of clients in accordance with the Client Money Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority. With the exception of money arising in the course of clients' transactions, as disclosed in note 19, such monies and the corresponding liability to clients are not shown on the face of the balance sheet. The amount so held on behalf of clients at the year-end is stated in note 25.

   (p)        Trade and other payables 

Trade and other payables are measured at initial recognition at fair value, and are subsequently measured at amortised cost using the effective interest rate method. The Group accrues for all goods and services consumed but as yet unbilled at amounts representing management's best estimate of fair value.

   (q)        Equity instruments 

Equity instruments issued by the Company are recorded at the proceeds received, net of direct issue costs.

   (r)        Dividends 

Equity dividends are recognised when paid.

   (s)        Share-based payments 

Where share options are awarded to employees, the fair value of the options at the date of grant is charged to the income statement over the vesting period. Non-market vesting conditions are taken into account by adjusting the number of equity instruments expected to vest at each balance sheet date so that, ultimately, the cumulative amount recognised over the vesting period is based on the number of options that eventually vest. Market vesting conditions are factored into the fair value of the options granted. As long as all other vesting conditions are satisfied, a charge is made irrespective of whether the market vesting conditions are satisfied. The cumulative expense is not adjusted for failure to achieve a market vesting condition.

When the terms and conditions of options are modified before they vest, the increase in the fair value of the options, measured immediately before and after the modification, is also charged to the income statement over the remaining vesting period. Where equity instruments are granted to persons other than employees, the income statement is charged with the fair value of the goods and services received. There has been no material share options charge to the income statement to date and therefore no disclosure appears in these financial statements.

   (t)         Taxation 

The tax expense represents the sum of the tax currently payable and the deferred tax.

The tax currently payable is based on taxable profit for the year. Taxable profit differs from net profit as reported in the income statement because it excludes items of income or expense that are taxable or deductible in other years and it further excludes items that are never taxable or deductible. The Group's liability for current tax is calculated using tax rates that have been enacted or substantively enacted by the balance sheet date.

Deferred tax is the tax expected to be payable or recoverable on differences between the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities in the financial statements and the corresponding tax bases used in the computation of taxable profit, and is accounted for using the balance sheet liability method. Deferred tax liabilities are generally recognised for all taxable temporary differences and deferred tax assets are recognised to the extent that it is probable that taxable profits will be available against which deductible temporary differences can be utilised. Such assets and liabilities are not recognised if the temporary difference arises from the initial recognition of goodwill or from the initial recognition (other than in a business combination) of other assets and liabilities in a transaction that affects neither the taxable profit nor the accounting profit.

Deferred tax liabilities are recognised for taxable temporary differences arising on investments in subsidiaries and associates, except where the Group is able to control the reversal of the temporary difference and it is probable that the temporary difference will not reverse in the foreseeable future.

The carrying amount of deferred tax assets is reviewed at each balance sheet date and reduced to the extent that it is no longer probable that sufficient taxable profits will be available to allow all or part of the asset to be recovered.

Deferred tax is calculated at the tax rates that are expected to apply in the period when the liability is settled or the asset is realised. Deferred tax is charged or credited in the income statement, except when it relates to items charged or credited directly to equity, in which case the deferred tax is also dealt with in equity.

Deferred tax assets and liabilities are offset where there is a legally enforceable right to set off current tax assets against current tax liabilities and when they relate to income taxes levied by the same taxation authority and the Group intends to settle its current tax assets and liabilities on a net basis.

   (u)        Foreign currencies 

The individual financial statements of each Group company are presented in the currency of the primary economic environment in which it operates (its functional currency). For the purpose of the Group Financial Statements, the results and financial position of each Group Company are expressed in pounds sterling, which is the functional currency of the Company, and the presentation currency for the Group Financial Statements.

In preparing the financial statements of the individual companies, transactions in currencies other than the entity's functional currency (foreign currencies) are recorded at the rates of exchange prevailing on the dates of the transactions. At each balance sheet date, monetary assets and liabilities that are denominated in foreign currencies are retranslated at the rates prevailing on the balance sheet date. Non-monetary items carried at fair value that are denominated in foreign currencies are translated at the rates prevailing at the date when the fair value was determined. Non-monetary items that are measured in terms of historical costs in a foreign currency are not retranslated.

Exchange differences arising on the settlement of monetary items, and on the retranslation of monetary items, are included in profit or loss for the period. Exchange differences arising on the retranslation of non-monetary items carried at fair value are included in profit or loss for the period except for differences arising on the retranslation of non-monetary items in respect of which gains and losses are recognised directly in equity. For such non-monetary items, any exchange component of that gain or loss is also recognised directly in equity.

   (v)        Leases 

Rentals payable under operating leases are charged to income on a straight-line basis over the term of the relevant lease. Benefits received and receivable as an incentive to enter into an operating lease are also spread on a straight-line basis over the lease term.

   2              Critical accounting judgements and key uncertainties of estimation uncertainty 

In the application of the Group's accounting policies, which are described in note 1, the Directors are required to make judgements, estimates and assumptions about the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. The estimates and associated assumptions are based on historical experience and other factors that are considered to be relevant. Actual results may differ from these estimates.

The estimates and underlying assumptions are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Revisions to accounting estimates are recognised in the period.

Allowance for bad debts

The Group makes provision for the element of client receivables where and to the extent it believes will not be recovered from clients. This is based on past experience and detailed analysis of the outstanding position particularly with regard to the value of customers' portfolios relative to the amounts owed.

Fair value of investments

The Group currently holds an investment in Euroclear Plc, which is held as an available-for-sale financial asset and measured at fair value at the balance sheet date. The Euroclear Plc shares do not trade in an active market, and therefore fair value is calculated with reference to the most recently published Euroclear Plc financial statements and share buyback information, using a Directors' valuation.

Impairment

The assets on the balance sheet are reviewed for any indications of impairment. This is done with reference to the recoverability and market value of the assets concerned but may involve an element of judgement or estimation in determining whether there are any indications of impairment and if so, the extent of any impairment loss.

   3              Total revenue and segmental analysis 

IFRS 8 requires operating segments to be identified on the basis of internal reports about components of the Group that are regularly reviewed by the Chief Executive to allocate resources to the segments and to assess their performance. Pursuant to this, the Group continues to identify a single reportable segment, being UK-based financial intermediation. Within this single reportable segment, total revenue comprises:

 
                                         2017     2016 
                                      GBP'000  GBP'000 
------------------------------------  -------  ------- 
Commission receivable                   2,234    1,951 
Investment management fees                970      680 
------------------------------------  -------  ------- 
                                        3,204    2,631 
------------------------------------  -------  ------- 
Commission payable to associates        (472)    (447) 
Commission payable to third parties       (4)      (4) 
------------------------------------  -------  ------- 
                                        (476)    (451) 
------------------------------------  -------  ------- 
                                        2,728    2,180 
Other income                               99       71 
------------------------------------  -------  ------- 
                                        2,827    2,251 
------------------------------------  -------  ------- 
 

Substantially all revenue in the current and prior year is generated in the UK and derives solely from the provision of financial intermediation.

   4              Staff remuneration and costs 

Remuneration policies are recommended to the Board by the Remuneration Committee. The Committee consists of C F Harrison (Chairman), A R Fiske-Harrison and M H W Perrin.

Remuneration for executives comprises basic salary, a performance-related bonus, and other benefits in kind, and may include share options. This remuneration takes into account:

   --      market rates; 

-- the need to attract, retain and motivate high calibre individuals with a competitive remuneration package;

   --      comparability across different functions within the firm; 
   --      loyalty and effort; and 
   --      effectiveness. 

The FCA's Remuneration Code applies to certain of the firm's staff. As set out in note 5 below Alan Meech receives a commission element generated by him and this is usually less than 33% of the total remuneration earned by him though it is not capped as such. All other Code Staff have salaries that are in the main fixed and any performance-related pay reflects a share of a bonus pool available to all employees. This bonus pool reflects the profitability of the firm in that year and is allotted according to merit.

The average number of employees, including Directors, employed by the Company within each category of persons, and their aggregate remuneration was:

 
                    2017     2017  2016     2016 
                     No.  GBP'000   No.  GBP'000 
------------------  ----  -------  ----  ------- 
Dealing and sales     10      636    10      638 
Settlement             5      270     6      288 
Administration         7      281     6      279 
------------------  ----  -------  ----  ------- 
                      22    1,187    22    1,205 
------------------  ----  -------  ----  ------- 
 

Employees', including Directors', costs comprise:

 
                                           2017     2016 
                                        GBP'000  GBP'000 
--------------------------------------  -------  ------- 
Wages, salaries and other staff costs     1,196    1,235 
Bonus                                        31        - 
Social security costs                       160      148 
--------------------------------------  -------  ------- 
                                          1,387    1,383 
--------------------------------------  -------  ------- 
 
   5              Directors' remuneration 

(a) Directors' emoluments comprise:

 
                                           2017     2016 
                                        GBP'000  GBP'000 
--------------------------------------  -------  ------- 
Emoluments                                  487      488 
--------------------------------------  -------  ------- 
 
Highest paid Director's remuneration: 
Emoluments                                  129      124 
--------------------------------------  -------  ------- 
 

Information regarding Directors' share options is shown under Directors' Interests in the Directors' Report.

The emoluments of the Directors for the current and previous year are as follows:

 
                         Gross      Fees    Commission    Benefits     Total 
                        salary 
 31 May 2017           GBP'000   GBP'000       GBP'000     GBP'000   GBP'000 
--------------------  --------  --------  ------------  ----------  -------- 
 C F Harrison              110         -             -           6       116 
 J P Q Harrison            113         -             -          16       129 
 F G Luchini               112         -             -           9       121 
 A D Meech                  49         -            14          18        81 
 M H W Perrin                -        20             -           1        21 
 A R Fiske-Harrison          -        18             -           1        19 
--------------------  --------  --------  ------------  ----------  -------- 
                           384        38            14          51       487 
--------------------  --------  --------  ------------  ----------  -------- 
 
 
                         Gross      Fees    Commission    Benefits     Total 
                        salary 
 31 May 2016           GBP'000   GBP'000       GBP'000     GBP'000   GBP'000 
--------------------  --------  --------  ------------  ----------  -------- 
 C F Harrison              110         -             -           -       110 
 J P Q Harrison            114         -             -          10       124 
 F G Luchini                86         -             -          32       118 
 A D Meech                  65         -            15          16        96 
 M H W Perrin                -        20             -           1        21 
 A R Fiske-Harrison          -        18             -           1        19 
--------------------  --------  --------  ------------  ----------  -------- 
                           375        38            15          60       488 
--------------------  --------  --------  ------------  ----------  -------- 
 
   6              Operating (loss) 
 
                                                                  2017     2016 
                                                               GBP'000  GBP'000 
-------------------------------------------------------------  -------  ------- 
The operating loss is arrived at after charging: 
      Auditor's remuneration: 
       Fees payable to the Company's auditor 
        *    for the audit of the Company's annual accounts         59       59 
      Non-audit fees: 
        *    Other services pursuant to legislation: Interim 
             review                                                  6        6 
 
        *    Audit of client money and custody assets                8        8 
 
        *    Tax services                                            7        7 
Net foreign exchange losses                                          -        - 
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment                       14       26 
Amortisation of intangible assets                                   36        - 
Operating lease rentals - Land and buildings                       222      222 
                                     - Other                         5        5 
-------------------------------------------------------------  -------  ------- 
 

The profit for the financial year dealt with in the financial statements of the parent Company was GBP31,000 (2016: loss of GBP1,316,000) before dividend.

As permitted by Section 408 of the Companies Act 2006, no separate income statement is presented in respect of the parent Company.

   7              Finance income 
 
                          2017     2016 
                       GBP'000  GBP'000 
---------------------  -------  ------- 
Interest receivable: 
Banks                       10        8 
---------------------  -------  ------- 
                            10        8 
---------------------  -------  ------- 
 
   8              Finance costs 
 
                                                       2017     2016 
                                                    GBP'000  GBP'000 
--------------------------------------------------  -------  ------- 
Interest payable: 
Bank loans, overdrafts and other interest payable         1        1 
--------------------------------------------------  -------  ------- 
 
   9              Tax 

Analysis of tax on ordinary activities:

 
                                                   2017     2016 
                                                GBP'000  GBP'000 
----------------------------------------------  -------  ------- 
Current tax 
Current year                                          -        - 
Prior year adjustment                                 -        - 
----------------------------------------------  -------  ------- 
                                                      -        - 
Deferred tax 
Current year                                          -        - 
Prior year adjustment                                 -        - 
----------------------------------------------  -------  ------- 
Total tax credit to Statement of Comprehensive        -        - 
 Income 
----------------------------------------------  -------  ------- 
 

Factors affecting the tax charge for the year

The standard rate of tax for the year, based on the United Kingdom standard rate of corporation tax, is 19.83% (2016: 20%).

The (credit)/charge for the year can be reconciled to the profit per the Statement of Comprehensive Income as follows:

 
                                                        2017     2016 
                                                     GBP'000  GBP'000 
---------------------------------------------------  -------  ------- 
Profit / (loss) before tax                                31  (1,316) 
---------------------------------------------------  -------  ------- 
Charge on profit/(loss) on ordinary activities 
 at standard rate                                          6    (263) 
Effect of: 
Expenses not deductible in determining taxable 
 profit                                                    8        7 
Non-taxable income                                      (34)      (8) 
Losses not relieved                                       20      264 
Small company relief                                       -        - 
Adjustment to tax charge in respect of prior years         -        - 
---------------------------------------------------  -------  ------- 
                                                           -        - 
---------------------------------------------------  -------  ------- 
 
   10           Share Option Scheme 

The Employee Share Option Scheme, which is controlled by Fiske plc held shares to the benefit of employees, waived the entitlement to any dividend on its holding of 9,490 ordinary shares of 25p each (2016: 9,490 ordinary shares of 25p each).

   11           Earnings / (loss) per share 

Basic earnings per share has been calculated by dividing the profit on ordinary activities after taxation by the weighted average number of shares in issue during the year. Diluted earnings per share is basic earnings per share adjusted for the effect of conversion into fully paid shares of the weighted average number of share options during the year.

 
  31 May 2017                                        Basic   Diluted 
                                                               Basic 
                                                   GBP'000   GBP'000 
------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 Profit on ordinary activities after taxation           31        31 
 Adjustment to reflect impact of dilutive share          -         - 
  options 
------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 Earnings                                               31        31 
------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 Number of shares (000's)                            8,451     8,477 
------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 Earnings per share (pence)                            0.4       0.4 
------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 
 
  31 May 2016                                        Basic   Diluted 
                                                               Basic 
                                                   GBP'000   GBP'000 
------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 Loss on ordinary activities after taxation        (1,316)   (1,316) 
 Adjustment to reflect impact of dilutive share          -         - 
  options 
------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 Loss                                              (1,316)   (1,316) 
------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 Number of shares (000's)                            8,451     8,477 
------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 Loss per share (pence)                             (15.6)    (15.6) 
------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 
 
                                         31 May 2017  31 May 
                                                        2016 
---------------------------------------  -----------  ------ 
Number of shares (000's): 
Weighted average number of shares              8,451   8,451 
Dilutive effect of share option scheme            26      26 
---------------------------------------  -----------  ------ 
                                               8,477   8,477 
---------------------------------------  -----------  ------ 
 
   12           Goodwill 
 
                                        Group   Company 
---------------------------------- 
 Positive goodwill arising out of     GBP'000   GBP'000 
  Fund management acquisitions 
----------------------------------   --------  -------- 
 Cost 
 At 1 June 2015                         1,311     1,146 
 Additions                                  -         - 
----------------------------------   --------  -------- 
 At 1 June 2016                         1,311     1,146 
 Additions                                  -         - 
----------------------------------   --------  -------- 
 At 31 May 2017                         1,311     1,146 
-----------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 Accumulated impairment losses 
 At 1 June 2015                           916       916 
 Impairment losses for the year             -         - 
----------------------------------   --------  -------- 
 At 1 June 2016                           916       916 
 Impairment losses for the year             -         - 
----------------------------------   --------  -------- 
 At 31 May 2017                           916       916 
-----------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 Carrying amount 
 At 31 May 2017                           395       230 
-----------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 At 1 June 2016                           395       230 
-----------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 At 1 June 2015                           395       230 
-----------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 

Goodwill reflects cost, less any impairment provisions deemed appropriate. Further detail is set out in note 1 to the accounts. Goodwill is allocated to the cash generating units, which is two acquired subsidiaries, Vor Financial Strategy and Ionian Group Limited. The recoverable amount of the cash generating units is determined by calculating the fair value, on the basis of 2.5% of assets under management, less costs to sell. At 31 May 2017 the fair value less cost to sell of the goodwill was in excess of its carrying amount by GBP67k at Vor (2016: GBP47.5k) and GBP7k at Ionian (2016: GBP49k)

   13           Other intangible assets 
 
                                Systems 
                                licence 
 Group and Company              GBP'000 
--------------------------    --------- 
 Cost 
 At 1 June 2015                     372 
 Additions                            - 
 Disposals                        (282) 
----------------------------  --------- 
 At 1 June 2016                      90 
 Additions                           90 
 Disposals                            - 
--------------------------    --------- 
 At 31 May 2017                     180 
----------------------------  --------- 
 Accumulated amortisation 
 At 1 June 2015                     282 
 Charge for the year                  - 
 On disposals                     (282) 
----------------------------  --------- 
 At 1 June 2016                       - 
 Charge for the year                 36 
 At 31 May 2017                      36 
----------------------------  --------- 
 Net book value 
 At 31 May 2017                     144 
----------------------------  --------- 
 At 31 May 2016                      90 
----------------------------  --------- 
 At 31 May 2015                      90 
----------------------------  --------- 
 
   14           Property, plant and equipment 
 
                             Office furniture      Computer    Office refurbishment     Total 
                                and equipment     equipment 
 Group and Company                    GBP'000       GBP'000                 GBP'000   GBP'000 
--------------------------  -----------------  ------------  ----------------------  -------- 
 Cost 
 At 1 June 2015                           134           157                     175       466 
 Additions                                  -            16                       -        16 
 Disposals                                  -             -                       -         - 
--------------------------  -----------------  ------------  ----------------------  -------- 
 At 1 June 2016                           134           173                     175       482 
 Additions                                  3             4                       -         7 
 Disposals                                  -             -                       -         - 
--------------------------  -----------------  ------------  ----------------------  -------- 
 At 31 May 2017                           137           177                     175       489 
--------------------------  -----------------  ------------  ----------------------  -------- 
 Accumulated depreciation 
 At 1 June 2015                           124           140                     175       439 
 Charge for the year                        9            17                       -        26 
 Disposals                                  -             -                       -         - 
--------------------------  -----------------  ------------  ----------------------  -------- 
 At 1 June 2016                           133           157                     175       465 
 Charge for the year                        2            12                       -        14 
 Disposals                                  -             -                       -         - 
--------------------------  -----------------  ------------  ----------------------  -------- 
 At 31 May 2017                           135           169                     175       479 
--------------------------  -----------------  ------------  ----------------------  -------- 
 Net book value 
  At 31 May 2017                            2             8                       -        10 
--------------------------  -----------------  ------------  ----------------------  -------- 
 At 31 May 2016                             1            16                       -        17 
--------------------------  -----------------  ------------  ----------------------  -------- 
 At 31 May 2015                            10            17                       -        27 
--------------------------  -----------------  ------------  ----------------------  -------- 
 
   15           Investment in subsidiary undertakings 
 
                                         2017     2016 
Company                               GBP'000  GBP'000 
------------------------------------  -------  ------- 
Cost at 1 June 2016 and 31 May 2017       165      165 
------------------------------------  -------  ------- 
 

The following are the subsidiaries of the Company at 31 May 2017 and at the date of these financial statements.

 
                                        Proportion of 
                                         Nominal value 
                                         and voting rights 
 Incorporated in the        Class        held by parent 
  UK:                      of shares     company             Nature of business 
-----------------------  -----------  --------------------  ------------------- 
 VOR Financial Strategy   Ordinary            100%           Investment 
-----------------------  -----------  --------------------  ------------------- 
 Ionian Group Limited     Ordinary            100%           Investment 
-----------------------  -----------  --------------------  ------------------- 
 Fiske Nominees Limited   Ordinary            100%           Nominee 
-----------------------  -----------  --------------------  ------------------- 
 
   16           Available-for-sale investments 
 
                                                    2017     2016 
Group and Company                                GBP'000  GBP'000 
-----------------------------------------------  -------  ------- 
At 1 June 2015: 
Valuation                                          2,200    2,217 
Unrealised appreciation                          (1,536)  (1,408) 
-----------------------------------------------  -------  ------- 
Cost                                                 664      809 
Additions 
Cost of disposals                                      -    (145) 
-----------------------------------------------  -------  ------- 
At 31 May 2016: 
Cost                                                 664      664 
Unrealised appreciation                            1,780    1,536 
-----------------------------------------------  -------  ------- 
Valuation                                          2,444    2,200 
-----------------------------------------------  -------  ------- 
being: 
Listed                                                 6        5 
Unlisted                                           2,438    2,195 
-----------------------------------------------  -------  ------- 
Available-for-sale investments carried at fair 
 value                                             2,444    2,200 
-----------------------------------------------  -------  ------- 
 

The investments included above are represented by holdings of equity securities. These shares are not held for trading and are accordingly classified as available-for-sale.

   17           Trade and other receivables 
 
                                        2017      2016 
 Group and Company                   GBP'000   GBP'000 
--------------------------------    --------  -------- 
 Counterparty receivables                977     1,947 
 Trade receivables                       484       489 
----------------------------------  --------  -------- 
                                       1,461     2,436 
 Corporation tax recoverable               -        38 
 Other debtors                           106        22 
 Prepayments and accrued income          748       339 
----------------------------------  --------  -------- 
                                       2,315     2,835 
  --------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 

Counterparty receivables

Included in the Group's counterparty receivables are debtors with a carrying amount of GBP90,000 (2016: GBP905,000) which are past due at the reporting date for which the Group has not provided as there has not been a significant change in credit quality and the amounts were still considered recoverable, and were subsequently recovered.

Ageing of past due but not impaired counterparty receivables:

 
                  2017     2016 
               GBP'000  GBP'000 
-------------  -------  ------- 
 
0 - 15 days         89      720 
16 - 30 days         -      165 
31 - 45 days         1       20 
46 - 60 days         -        - 
-------------  -------  ------- 
                    90      905 
-------------  -------  ------- 
 

Trade receivables

Included in the Group's trade receivables balance are debtors with a carrying amount of GBP278 (2016: GBPnil) which are past due at the reporting date for which the Group has not provided as there has not been a significant change in credit quality and the amounts were still considered recoverable, and were subsequently recovered.

Ageing of past due but not impaired trade receivables:

 
                  2017     2016 
               GBP'000  GBP'000 
-------------  -------  ------- 
 
0 - 15 days        136        - 
16 - 30 days       100        - 
31 - 60 days        42        - 
-------------  -------  ------- 
                   278        - 
-------------  -------  ------- 
 
   18           Investments held for trading 
 
                         2017      2016 
 Group and Company    GBP'000   GBP'000 
-------------------  --------  -------- 
 Listed                    19        16 
-------------------  --------  -------- 
 

The investments included above are represented by holdings of listed equity securities.

   19           Cash and cash equivalents 

Cash and cash equivalents includes GBPnil (2016: GBPnil) received in the course of settlement of client trades. This amount is held by the Company in trust on behalf of clients but may be utilised to complete settlement of outstanding trades.

   20           Trade and other payables 
 
                                     2017      2016 
                                    Group     Group 
                                  GBP'000   GBP'000 
-------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 Counterparty payables              1,525     1,920 
 Trade payables                         -         - 
-------------------------------  --------  -------- 
                                    1,525     1,920 
 Sundry creditors and accruals      1,125       600 
-------------------------------  --------  -------- 
                                    2,650     2,520 
-------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 
   21           Deferred taxation 
 
                                                                  Capital     Available-        Tax          Deferred 
                                                               allowances       for-sale     Losses     tax liability 
                                                                             investments 
 Group and Company                                                GBP'000        GBP'000    GBP'000           GBP'000 
----------------------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  ---------  ---------------- 
 At 1 June 2016                                                       (1)            296       (94)               201 
 Credit for the year                                                    -              -          -                 - 
 Credit in respect of prior year                                        -              -          -                 - 
 Charge to Statement of Comprehensive 
  Income 
 
        *    in respect of current year                                 -             24          -                24 
                                                                        -              -          -                 - 
        *    in respect of change in corporation tax rate 
----------------------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  ---------  ---------------- 
 At 31 May 2017                                                       (1)            320       (94)               225 
----------------------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  ---------  ---------------- 
 

Deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognised at a rate which is substantively enacted at the balance sheet date. The rate to be taken in this case is 20%, being the anticipated rate of taxation applicable to the Company in the future.

   22           Called up share capital 
 
                                     2017                   2016 
                                 No. of   GBP'000       No. of   GBP'000 
                                 shares                 shares 
--------------------------  -----------  --------  -----------  -------- 
 Authorised: 
 Ordinary shares of 25p      12,000,000     3,000   12,000,000     3,000 
--------------------------  -----------  --------  -----------  -------- 
 Allotted and fully paid: 
 Ordinary shares of 25p       8,460,205     2,115    8,460,205     2,115 
--------------------------  -----------  --------  -----------  -------- 
 

Included within the allotted and fully paid share capital were 9,490 ordinary shares of 25p each (2016: 9,490 ordinary shares of 25p each) held for the benefit of employees.

At 31 May 2017 there were 75,000 outstanding options to subscribe for ordinary shares.

   23           Contingent liabilities 

In the ordinary course of business, the Company has given letters of indemnity in respect of lost certified stock transfers and share certificates. While the contingent liability arising thereon is not quantifiable, it is not believed that any material liability will arise under these indemnities.

   24           Financial commitments 

Operating leases

At 31 May 2017 the Group had outstanding commitments for future minimum lease payments under non-cancellable operating leases which fall due as follows:

 
                                         2017                   2016 
                                   Land and               Land and 
                                  buildings     Other    buildings     Other 
                                    GBP'000   GBP'000      GBP'000   GBP'000 
------------------------------  -----------  --------  -----------  -------- 
 In the next year                       368         5          227         5 
 In the second to fifth years 
  inclusive                           1,144        20        1,442        20 
------------------------------  -----------  --------  -----------  -------- 
 Total commitment                     1,511        25        1,669        25 
------------------------------  -----------  --------  -----------  -------- 
 

In June 2010, the Company entered into a new lease over its premises at London Wall for a period of 10 years, with a five-year break clause.

   25           Clients' money 

At 31 May 2017 amounts held by the Company on behalf of clients in accordance with the Client Money Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority amounted to GBP36,229,000 (2016: GBP36,729,000). The Company has no beneficial interest in these amounts and accordingly they are not included in the balance sheet.

   26           Financial instruments 

Capital risk management

The Group manages its capital to ensure that it will be able to continue as a going concern while maximising the return to stakeholders. The Group's capital structure consists of equity attributable to equity holders of the parent company, comprising issued capital, reserves and retained earnings. The Group has no debt.

Externally imposed capital requirement

The Group is subject to the minimum capital requirements required by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), and has complied with those requirements throughout both financial periods. Capital adequacy and capital resources are monitored by the Group on the basis of the Capital Requirements Directive. The Group has a strong balance sheet, and has maintained regulatory capital at a level in excess of its regulatory requirement. The Group's capital requirement is under continuous review as part of the Internal Capital Adequacy Assessment Process.

Categories of financial instruments

 
                                                 2017      2016 
 Group and Company                            GBP'000   GBP'000 
-----------------------------------------    --------  -------- 
 Available-for-sale investments                 2,444     2,220 
 Loans and receivables - Trade and other 
  receivables                                   2,315     2,835 
 Loans and receivables - Cash and cash 
  equivalents                                   1,035       405 
 Investments held at fair value through 
  profit and loss                                  19        16 
 Financial liabilities at amortised cost 
  - Trade and other payables                    2,650     2,520 
-------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 

The carrying value of each class of financial asset denoted above approximates to its fair value.

Fair value measurements recognised in the statement of financial position

The following table provides an analysis of financial instruments that are measured subsequent to initial recognition at fair value, grouped into Levels 1 to 3 based on the degree to which the fair value is observable:

-- Level 1 fair value measurements are those derived from quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets or liabilities;

-- Level 2 fair value measurements are those derived from inputs other than quoted prices included within Level 1 that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly (i.e. as prices) or indirectly (i.e. derived from prices); and

-- Level 3 fair value measurements are those derived from valuation techniques that include inputs for the asset or liability that are not based on observable market data (unobservable inputs).

 
                                                    2017 
                                      Level     Level     Level 
                                          1         2         3     Total 
                                    GBP'000   GBP'000   GBP'000   GBP'000 
---------------------------------  --------  --------  --------  -------- 
 Financial assets at FVTPL 
 Derivative financial assets              -         -         -         - 
  for trading 
 Non-derivative financial assets 
  for trading                            19         -         -        19 
 Available-for-sale financial 
  assets 
 Quoted equities                          6         -         -         6 
 Unquoted equities                        -         -     2,438     2,438 
---------------------------------  --------  --------  --------  -------- 
 Total                                   25         -     2,438     2,463 
---------------------------------  --------  --------  --------  -------- 
 

There were no transfers between levels during the year.

Reconciliation of Level 3 fair value measurements of financial assets

 
 Available-for-sale financial       Unquoted 
  assets                            equities     Total 
                                     GBP'000   GBP'000 
------------------------------    ----------  -------- 
 Balance at 1 June 2016                2,195     2,195 
 Purchases                                 -         - 
 Total gains or losses:                  243       243 
 Balance at 31 May 2017                2,438    2, 438 
--------------------------------  ----------  -------- 
 

There were no reclassifications during the year. There were no financial liabilities subsequently measured at fair value.

The Group's finance function monitors and manages the financial risks relating to the operations of the Group. The Group is exposed to market and other price risk, credit risk and to a very limited amount interest rate risk and liquidity risk.

The Board of Directors monitors risks and implements policies to mitigate risk exposures.

Credit risk

Credit risk refers to the risk that a third party will default on its contractual obligations resulting in financial loss to the Group. Third party receivables consist of customers' balances, spread across institutional and private clients. Ongoing credit evaluation is performed on the financial condition of accounts receivable and stock is held until settlement is effected.

The Group does not have any significant credit risk exposure to any group of third parties having similar characteristics. The credit risk on liquid funds is limited because the third parties are one of the UK big four clearing banks.

Market risk

The Group is mainly exposed to market risk in respect of its trading as agent in equities and debt instruments with the volume of trading and thus transaction revenue retreating in market downturns, and to variations in asset values and thus management fees. There has been no material change to the Group's exposure to market risks or the manner in which it manages and measures the risks.

Market risk also gives rise to variations in the value of investments held by Fiske, acting as principal. These are designated as available-for-sale and are mostly held for strategic rather than trading purposes and not actively traded.

Interest rate risk management

The Group has no borrowings and is therefore not exposed to interest rate risk in that respect. The Group's exposure to interest rates on financial assets is detailed in the liquidity risk management section of this note.

Liquidity risk management

The Group manages liquidity risk by maintaining adequate reserves and by continuously monitoring forecast and actual cash flows and matching the maturity profiles of financial assets and liabilities. In respect of counterparty creditors and trade payables the amounts due are all payable between nil and 15 days.

Sensitivity analysis

Equity

The fair values of all available-for-sale investments and their exposure to equity price risks at the reporting date are based on the accounting policy in note 1(k). If equity prices had been 5% higher/lower the revaluation reserve would increase/decrease by GBP122,000 (2016: increase/decrease by GBP110,000).

In respect of investments held for trading purposes and their exposure to equity price risks at the reporting date, if equity prices had been 5% higher, net profit for the year ended 31 May 2017 would have been GBP1,000 higher (2016: GBP1,000 higher) and vice versa if prices were lower.

Cash

The Group's financial cash asset of GBP1,035,000 (2016: GBP405,000) is held at a fixed interest rate and is available on demand. If prevailing interest rates during the year (approximately 0.5%) had been comparable with those prevailing in the prior year (approximately 0.5%), bank interest receivable of GBP20,000 (2016: GBP20,000) would have been substantially unchanged. A further reduction in rates in the period would have had no material impact.

   27           Related party transactions 

Transactions between the Company and its subsidiaries which are related parties have been eliminated on consolidation and are not disclosed in this note as they are not material.

Directors' transactions

Directors transact share-dealing business with the Company under normal staff business terms and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. In the year to 31 May 2017, commission earned from this by the Company amounted to GBP3,883 (2016: GBP1,960).

During the year, the Directors each received no dividends attributable to their respective shareholdings, as disclosed in the Directors' Report (2016: GBPnil).

Details of Directors' interests in ordinary shares and in share options are as disclosed in the Directors' Report, together with details of other significant holdings in the equity of the Company. The Company has no ultimate controlling party.

Directors' balances

The Directors' trading balances have been included within trade receivables and payables and Directors' current account balances are included in other payables.

   28           Post balance sheet events 

On 27 July 2017, the company exchanged contracts for the acquisition of the whole of the issued share capital of Fieldings Investment Management Limited for initial cash consideration of GBP2.3 million (subject to adjustment in relation to completion accounts and the amount of Assets Under Management as at 31 July 2017) and up to GBP0.78m deferred cash consideration, which is contingent on the level of Assets Under Management attributable to Fieldings and its team over the three years to 31 July 2020. Fieldings is a discretionary and advisory investment portfolio management company with assets under management of GBP165 million. Fieldings' turnover for the year to 30 September 2016 was GBP1.32 million, its pre-tax profit was GBP315,000 and its net assets were GBP2.1 million which are substantially in cash. This acquisition is part of our ongoing strategy to welcome new portfolio managers with established client relationships to increase our assets under management. This transaction completed on 17 August 2017.

The fair values of the acquired assets and liabilities as at the acquisition date, together with the goodwill on acquisition, have not been disclosed as the accounts as at 31 July 2017 have yet to be finalised.

On 17 August 2017 the Company issued 3,100,000 new ordinary shares at a price of 50p each, raising gross proceeds GBP1,550,000. Following this, the total number of ordinary shares in issue became 11,560,205.

Company Information

 
 DIRECTORS                          REGISTERED OFFICE            NOMINATED ADVISER 
  Clive Fiske Harrison               3(rd) Floor, Salisbury       Grant Thornton UK 
  Chairman                           House                        LLP 
  James Philip Quibell               London Wall                  30 Finsbury Square 
  Harrison                           London EC2M 5QS              London EC2P 2YU 
  Chief Executive Officer 
  Francis Gerard Luchini 
  Compliance Director 
  and Company Secretary 
  Alan Dennis Meech 
  Director 
  Martin Henry Withers 
  Perrin* 
  Alexander Rupert Fiske-Harrison 
  * 
  *Non-Executive 
                                    REGISTERED NUMBER            AUDITOR 
                                     02248663                     Deloitte LLP 
                                     LEI: 213800Z5PKJOV7GWXE43    London 
                                    AIM Listing                  REGISTRARS 
                                     Lon: FKE                     Capita Asset Services 
                                     ISIN: GB0003353157           Limited 
                                     Sedol: 0335315               The Registry 
                                                                  34 Beckenham Road 
                                                                  Beckenham, Kent BR3 
                                                                  4TU 
 Details of the Directors and their backgrounds are as follows: 
 Clive Fiske Harrison Chairman 
  Clive Harrison started his career with Panmure Gordon in 1961 
  and moved to Hodgson & Baker (subsequently renamed Sandleson 
  & Co) in 1965. He founded Fiske & Co in 1973 and has been 
  senior partner and latterly Chief Executive officer since 
  that time. He retired from the role of Chief Executive following 
  the AGM on 25 September 2015. 
 James Philip Quibell Harrison Chief Executive Officer 
  James Harrison joined Fiske in 1996 in the private client 
  investment department and now manages a substantial client 
  portfolio. He was Company Secretary from 2001 to 2005 and 
  he was appointed to the Board as an Executive Director in 
  May 2007. On 25 September 2015, following the AGM he was appointed 
  as the Chief Executive Officer. He is responsible for the 
  day to day running of the Company. 
 Francis Gerard Luchini Compliance Director 
  Gerard Luchini joined Fiske as Compliance Officer in July 
  1997 and became a Director in January 1998. He was formerly 
  a Compliance Officer with the Royal Bank of Canada. He has 
  responsibility for all compliance and regulatory matters at 
  the firm. He was appointed Company Secretary in 2005. 
 Alan Dennis Meech Director 
  Alan Meech joined Fiske as a dealer in 1985 and became a Director 
  in May 1989. He was previously with J M Finn. His role at 
  Fiske, principally on the dealing desk, also includes responsibility 
  for some areas of credit control. 
 Martin Henry Withers Perrin Non-Executive 
  Martin Perrin joined the Board as a non-executive Director 
  in November 2003. He is a chartered accountant with wide experience 
  of operations and finance in industry. He is Chairman of the 
  Audit Committee and the Risk Management Committee and is a 
  member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee. He is 
  a Director of The Investment Company Plc and Vipera plc. 
 Alexander Rupert Fiske-Harrison Non-Executive 
  Alexander Fiske-Harrison joined the Board as a non-executive 
  Director in April 2014. He has previously worked for the Financial 
  Times Group where he was involved in setting up the FT Magazine 
  in 2003 and has also worked as a trainee stockbroker at Fiske 
  plc. Alexander is currently a director of St. Botolph's Securities 
  Limited and Mersea Island Securities Limited, both of which 
  are investment companies. Alexander also sits on the Board 
  of Mephisto Productions Limited, a company involved the production 
  of film and theatre. 
 

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of Fiske plc will be held at Salisbury House, London Wall, London EC2M 5QS on 28 September 2017 at 12.30 pm for the following purposes:

Ordinary Business:

1. To receive the Report of the Directors and Auditor and the Accounts for the year ended 31 May 2017.

   2.        To re-elect Martin Henry Withers Perrin as a director of the Company. 
   3.        To re-elect Alexander Rupert Harrison as a director of the Company. 

4. To reappoint Deloitte LLP as auditor and to authorise the Board to fix their remuneration.

Special Business

To consider and, if thought fit, to pass the following Resolutions which will be proposed as to Resolution 6 as an ordinary Resolution and as to Resolutions 7 and 8 as special Resolutions:

5. THAT for the purposes of section 551 Companies Act 2006 ("2006 Act") (and so that expressions used in this resolution shall bear the same meanings as in the said section 551):

(a) the Directors be generally and unconditionally authorised to exercise all powers of the Company to allot shares and to grant such subscription and conversion rights as are contemplated by sections 551(1)(a) and (b) of the 2006 Act respectively up to a maximum nominal amount of GBP867,015 to such persons and at such times and on such terms as they think proper during the period expiring at the conclusion of the next Annual General Meeting of the Company (unless previously varied, revoked or renewed by the Company in general meeting); and

(b) the Company shall be entitled to make, prior to the expiry of such authority, any offer or agreement which would or might require relevant securities to be allotted after the expiry of such authority and the Directors may allot any relevant securities pursuant to such offer or agreement as if such authority had not expired; and

(c) all prior authorities to allot securities be revoked but without prejudice to the allotment of any securities already made or to be made pursuant to such authorities.

   6.      THAT: 

(a) the Company be and is hereby generally and unconditionally authorised for the purpose of section 701 of the Companies Act 2006 (the "2006 Act") to make market purchases (within the meaning of section 693 of the 2006 Act) of ordinary shares of 25p each in the capital of the Company ("ordinary shares") on such terms and in such manner as the Directors may from time to time determine provided that:

   (b)      the maximum number of ordinary shares hereby authorised to be acquired is 1,156,020; 
   (c)      the minimum price which may be paid for an ordinary share is 25p; 

(d) the maximum price which may be paid for an ordinary share is an amount equal to 105% of the average of the middle market quotations for an ordinary share as derived from The London Stock Exchange Daily Official List for the five business days immediately preceding the day on which an ordinary share is contracted to be purchased;

(e) unless previously revoked or varied, the authority hereby conferred shall expire at the close of the next Annual General Meeting of the Company or 18 months from the date on which this resolution is passed, whichever shall be the earlier; and

(f) the Company may make a contract to purchase ordinary shares under the authority hereby conferred prior to the expiry of such authority, which contract will or may be executed wholly or partly after the expiry of such authority, and may purchase ordinary shares in pursuance of any such contract.

7. THAT the Directors be granted power pursuant to Section 570 of the Companies Act 2006 to allot equity securities (within the meaning of section 560 of the 2006 Act) for cash, pursuant to the authority conferred on them to allot such shares or grant such rights by Resolution 6 contained in the Notice of the Annual General Meeting of the Company of which this Resolution forms part as if section 561(1) and sub sections (1)-(6) of section 562 of the 2006 Act did not apply to any such allotment, provided that the power conferred by this Resolution shall be limited to:

(a) the allotment of equity securities in connection with an issue or offering in favour of holders of equity securities and any other persons entitled to participate in such issue or offering where the equity securities respectively attributable to the interests of such holders and persons are proportionate (as nearly as maybe) to the respective number of equity securities held or deemed to be held by them on the record date of such allotment, subject only to such exclusions or other arrangements as the Directors may consider necessary or expedient to deal with fractional entitlements or legal or practical problems under the laws or requirements of any recognised regulatory body or stock exchange in any territory; and

   (b)      the allotment of equity securities up to an aggregate nominal value of GBP722,512; and 

(c) shall expire at the conclusion of the next Annual General Meeting of the Company or, if earlier, the date 15 months from the date of passing of this Resolution unless previously varied, revoked or renewed by the Company in general meeting provided that the Company may, before such expiry, make any offer or agreement which would or might require equity securities to be allotted after such expiry and the Directors may allot equity securities pursuant to any such offer or agreement as if the power hereby conferred had not expired; and

(d) all prior powers granted under section 571 of the Companies Act 2006 be revoked provided that such revocation shall not have retrospective effect.

 
 By Order of the Board   Registered office: 
  F G Luchini             Salisbury House 
  Secretary               London Wall 
  31 August 2017          London EC2M 5QS 
 

Notes to Notice of Annual General Meeting

1. A member entitled to attend and vote at the Meeting convened by the above notice may appoint a proxy to exercise all or any of his rights to attend, speak and vote at a meeting of the Company. A proxy need not be a member of the Company. A member may appoint more than one proxy in relation to the Meeting, provided that each proxy is appointed to exercise the rights attached to a different share or shares held by that member. A form of proxy is enclosed. To be valid the enclosed form of proxy together with the power of attorney or other authority, if any, under which it is signed or a notarially certified or office copy thereof, must be delivered in accordance with instructions on it so as to be received by the Company's registrars, Capita Asset Services, Proxies, The Registry, 34 Beckenham Road, Beckenham BR3 4TU, not less than two working days before the time appointed for holding the Meeting or any adjournment thereof. Lodgement of a form of proxy will not prevent a member from attending and voting in person if so desired.

2. Copies of contracts of service between the directors and the Company will be available at the registered office of the Company on any weekday prior to the meeting (weekends and public holidays excepted) during normal business hours. Copies of the above-mentioned documents will also be available on the date of the Annual General Meeting at the place of the meeting for 15 minutes prior to the meeting until its conclusion.

3. Pursuant to section 360B of the 2006 Act and regulation 41 of the Uncertificated Securities Regulations 2001, only shareholders registered in the register of members of the Company as at two working days before the time appointed for holding the Meeting shall be entitled to attend and vote at the Meeting in respect of the number of shares registered in their name at such time. If the Meeting is adjourned, the time by which a person must be entered on the register of members of the Company in order to have the right to attend and vote at the adjourned meeting is at 12.30 pm on the day preceding the date fixed for the adjourned meeting. Changes to the register of members after the relevant times shall be disregarded in determining the rights of any person to attend or vote at the Meeting.

4. In the case of joint holders, the vote of the senior who tenders a vote whether in person or by proxy will be accepted to the exclusion of the votes of the other joint holders and for this purpose seniority will be determined by the order in which names stand in the register of members of the Company in respect of the relevant joint holding.

   5.        By attending the Meeting members agree to receive any communications made at the meeting. 

In order to facilitate voting by corporate representatives at the Meeting, arrangements will be put in place at the Meeting so that (i) if a corporate shareholder has appointed the Chairman of the Meeting as its corporate representative to vote on a poll in accordance with the directions of all of the other corporate representatives for that shareholder at the Meeting, then on a poll those corporate representatives will give voting directions to the Chairman and the Chairman will vote (or withhold a vote) as corporate representative in accordance with those directions; and (ii) if more than one corporate representative for the same corporate shareholder attends the Meeting but the corporate shareholder has not appointed the Chairman of the Meeting as its corporate representative, a designated corporate representative will be nominated, from those corporate representatives who attend, who will vote on a poll and the other corporate representatives will give voting directions to that designated corporate representative. Corporate shareholders are referred to the guidance issued by the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators on proxies and corporate representatives (www.icsa.org.uk) for further details of the procedure. The guidance includes a sample form of appointment letter if the Chairman is being appointed as described in (i) above.

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