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Kainos Group plc Interim Results

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Kainos Group plc

27 November 2017

27 November 2017

Kainos Group plc

("Kainos" or the "Group")

Interim results for the six months ended 30 September 2017

Kainos Group plc (LSE: KNOS), a leading UK-based provider of IT, consulting and software solutions announces its results for the six months ended 30 September 2017.

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

 
                               H1 2018    H1 2017    Change 
 Revenue                       GBP41.4m   GBP40.6m   2% 
 Adjusted pre-tax profit(1)    GBP7.1m    GBP7.0m    1% 
 Profit before tax             GBP6.8m    GBP6.5m    5% 
 Cash                          GBP27.3m   GBP20.9m   31% 
 Sales orders                  GBP63.4m   GBP32.6m   94% 
 SaaS sales orders             GBP5.3m    GBP1.5m    253% 
 Backlog (2)                   GBP97.1m   GBP68.0m   43% 
 Adjusted diluted earnings 
  per share(1)                 4.9p       4.8p       2% 
 Diluted earnings per share    4.6p       4.3p       7% 
 Interim dividend              2.0p       1.9p       5% 
 

Notes

(1) Calculated by taking the profit before tax and adding back GBP0.32m share-based payments (H1 2017: GBP0.57m).

(2) The value of contracted revenue that has yet to be recognised.

OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

-- Performance in-line with market expectations. Solid platform for growth following very strong sales execution.

- Sales orders at GBP63.4m (H1 2017: GBP32.6m), of which Software as a Service (SaaS) bookings are GBP5.3m (H1 2017: GBP1.5m).

   -      Sales performance drives very strong growth in backlog to GBP97.1m (H1 2017: GBP68.0m). 

-- Revenue diversification driven by international expansion and growing reputation in the commercial sector.

   -      International revenues now account for 26% of total revenue (H1 2017: 19%). 
   -      Commercial revenues increased to 36% of total revenue (H1 2017: 27%). 
   -      SaaS and software-related revenues now 15% of total revenue (H1 2017: 13%). 
   --     Continued growth in Digital Services driven by new and existing customer demand. 
   -      Significant ongoing engagements in UK government's digital transformation programme. 

- Further strengthening of position within Europe as leading boutique Workday Partner, with 16 new deals signed (H1 2017: 5).

- Established first-mover advantage with Workday in UK Public Sector, signing 3 deals, the first ever for Workday in this segment.

   --     Digital Platforms showing progress against key milestones. 
   -      103 customers on Kainos Smart (H1 2017: 64). 
   -      Evolve Integrated Care now in live use at 45 hospitals in the US (H1 2017: nil). 

- Evolve Electronic Medical Record (EMR) signs first Irish hospitals and first Cloud EMR deals.

   -      Research and development expenditure of GBP2.6 million expensed (H1 2017: GBP2.2m). 
   --        Customer approval of Group services rated as 'good' or better by 99% of customers. 
   --        Staff numbers at 1,019 (H1 2017: 967) with strong recruitment activity underway. 

-- Highly cash generative with strong underlying cash conversion and period-end cash of GBP27.3m.

Brendan Mooney, CEO, commented:

"It has been another successful period for Kainos and I am particularly pleased with our strong sales execution which provides a solid platform for further growth. To support this growth we have continued to expand nationally and internationally during 2017, opening three new offices in Birmingham, Frankfurt and Copenhagen.

Within Digital Services, we continue to be a key partner to UK government in their major transformation programmes. We are also driving very strong growth in the commercial sector, which remains our fastest growing segment within the division. The past period has seen us consolidate our position as the leading European boutique partner for Workday and we now have 17 customers in mainland Europe (H1 2017: 9).

In Digital Platforms, our software is now used by over 140 national and international organisations. Smart, our market-leading SaaS platform for automated testing of the Workday suite is now used by 103 global clients. Evolve Integrated Care, our SaaS platform to allow the automation of care pathways for healthcare delivery organisations, is now operational in 45 US hospitals. Closer to home, we have signed our first deal for Evolve EMR in Ireland and, post period end, our first Cloud EMR deal in the NHS.

We remain committed to our customers and to our people. For our customers, we are focused on delivering exceptional digital products and services coupled with best-in-class customer service. For our people, Kainos strives to be an excellent employer and will continue to focus on developing the careers and talents of our people.

Looking forward, the future is exciting. The Group's pipeline of prospects continues to strengthen across all divisions and the Board believes that Kainos is well-positioned for growth in the coming years."

Ends

For further information, please contact

Kainos via FTI Consulting LLP

Brendan Mooney, Chief Executive Officer

Richard McCann, Chief Financial Officer

Investec Bank plc +44 20 7597 4000

Andrew Pinder / Patrick Robb

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Simon Bridges / Emma Gabriel

FTI Consulting LLP +44 20 3727 1000

Matt Dixon / Jamie Ricketts

About Kainos

Kainos Group plc is a UK-headquartered provider of Digital Services and Digital Platforms.

The Group's Digital Services include full lifecycle development and support of customised Digital Services for government and commercial customers. Kainos is also the leading boutique partner for Workday, Inc. ('Workday') in Europe, responsible for implementing Workday's innovative Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform for enterprise customers.

The Group's Digital Platforms comprise specialised digital products in the mobile healthcare and automated testing arenas. Smart is an automated testing platform for Workday customers; Evolve Electronic Medical Records ('EMR') is the market leading product for the digitisation of patient notes in the Acute sector of the NHS; and Evolve Integrated Care ('IC') is a SaaS-based integrated care platform for the NHS and international healthcare providers.

Kainos employs over 1,000 staff across ten offices in Europe and the US, working interchangeably across its Services and Platforms businesses.

Kainos is listed on the London Stock Exchange (KNOS). For further information, please visit www.kainos.com.

INTERIM RESULTS FOR THE SIX MONTHSED 30 SEPTEMBER 2017

DIVISIONAL REVIEW

Digital Services

The Digital Services division comprises two areas of activity:

-- Digital Transformation: the delivery of customised online digital solutions, principally for central government, regional government and local government departments and agencies ("UK government") and for commercial sector organisations. The solutions provided are highly cost-effective and make public services more accessible and easier to use for the citizen and customer.

-- Workday Implementation: the provision of consulting, project management, integration and post deployment services for Workday's Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software suite, which includes cloud-based software for Human Capital Management (HCM) and Financial Management that enables enterprises to organise their staff efficiently and to support financial reporting requirements.

Digital Services revenue for the 6 months ended 30 September 2017 grew by 5% to GBP32.7 million (H1 2017: GBP31.2 million). Digital Services revenue from customers in commercial sectors accounted for GBP11.4 million (H1 2017: GBP9.2 million), an increase of 24%. Sales orders in Digital Services increased by 94% to GBP54.9 million (H1 2017: GBP28.3 million) and backlog for the division increased by 70% to GBP57.3 million (H1 2017: GBP33.7 million).

Digital Services - Digital Transformation

Speculation about the potential impact of Brexit on UK government's spending on public sector services digitisation has increased over the past two years. The Kainos assessment remains consistent with previous guidance - there is no material impact to the programmes with which it is involved.

Within central government, Kainos operates across Land Registry, Home Office, Cabinet Office, DWP, Defra, FCO, DVSA, HMPPS (formerly NOMS), MoJ, DfT and DFID, delivering a combination of existing and new programmes. In devolved government Kainos has been successful in winning new projects in Scotland and Wales; whilst the absence of political institutions in Northern Ireland has deferred most procurement activity during the period.

The number of commercial clients in UK, Ireland and Germany continues to increase (42 clients) following sales investment. Kainos has also commenced work with NHS Digital, in Domain A (which includes NHS UK, Personal Health Record, Citizen Identity and The NHS Apps Library).

Looking forward the Group remains optimistic about the future of digitisation in the UK public sector, and is confident that it is well positioned to maintain a central role in public sector transformation. Equally, a developing reputation in the commercial sector and opportunities within NHS Digital are expected to generate further growth for the Group.

Digital Services - Workday Implementation

Kainos first engaged with Workday in 2010, deploying Workday's HCM platform at organisations such as Grant Thornton, United Drug Group and Travelex and is now one of the most experienced participants in Workday's partner ecosystem. Kainos remains the only boutique Workday partner headquartered in the UK and one of only 34 partners globally accredited to implement Workday's innovative SaaS platform.

Within Europe, Kainos continues to consolidate its position as the leading boutique partner, signing 16 new clients in the period (H1 2017: 5). This leadership position is a result of high satisfaction levels within the Kainos customer base, but is also aided by the consolidation within the boutique partner segment, where Wipro acquired Appirio in October 2016 and Accenture acquired DayNine in November 2016.

Kainos has continued its geographic expansion, with the opening of an office in Copenhagen in September 2017 to develop the Scandinavian markets of Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland. This is in addition to offices opened in Amsterdam (2015, covering Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg) and Frankfurt (2017, covering Germany, Austria and Switzerland). Kainos now has 17 clients for Workday services in mainland Europe (H1 2017: 9).

As noted in the Preliminary Results for the year ended 31 March 2017, the UK Public Sector is now a key market for Workday and the first three Workday customers in this segment have been signed in conjunction with Kainos - including Innovate UK and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

In addition to the delivery of Workday for new customers, Kainos is increasingly involved in supporting the operation of customers that are already live on the Workday platform. This annuity-style revenue stream, described as Post Deployment Services, accounts for GBP1.6m (H1 2017: GBP0.6m) and has 23 customers, 15 of which had earlier phases of Workday delivered by other partners.

Within the US, a small number of Post Deployment Services projects have commenced as part of an early stage market assessment activity.

The number of accredited Workday consultants in the Group's Digital Services division has increased by 46% to 137 people (H1 2017: 94 people), with further recruitment underway in H2 2018.

Looking forward, growth prospects remain very strong, driven by geographic expansion, increased penetration within the UK Public Sector and the further development of the Post Deployment Services offering. These prospects are, in turn, underpinned by very strong revenue growth at Workday Inc(1) .

(1) Workday Inc. Q2 revenue ended July 31, 2017: $525.3 million, up 41% year over year; announced 30 August 2017.

Digital Platforms

The Group Digital Platforms division comprises three discrete platforms:

-- Smart Automated Testing (Smart): Smart is a proprietary software tool that allows Workday customers to automatically verify their Workday configuration both during implementation and in live operation. Smart is the only automated testing platform specifically designed for the Workday product suite. Smart is a cloud-based SaaS solution licensed on a subscription basis to customers.

-- Evolve Electronic Medical Record (Evolve EMR): Evolve EMR is a proprietary software product that removes paper from the care process by digitising NHS patient records, thereby enabling efficient healthcare and supporting Digital Maturity programmes. EMR features in-built electronic forms and workflow that allows patient information to be captured and routed electronically, saving time and effort, and helping to improve quality of patient care. Historically, Evolve EMR core product has been sold to customers as a one-off perpetual licence, however in 2017 Evolve Cloud EMR was launched which offers the same software platform on a hosted, managed service basis.

-- Evolve Integrated Care (Evolve IC). Evolve IC is a mobile-optimised integrated care platform, designed to automate common care pathways for healthcare delivery organisations. It simplifies the provision of healthcare by integrating disparate healthcare systems and results in easier access, better outcomes and lower cost. Evolve IC is a cloud-based SaaS solution licensed on a subscription basis to customers.

Aggregate Digital Platforms revenue (excluding third party revenue)(2) for the 6 months ended 30 September 2017 increased by 1% to GBP7.6 million (H1 2017: GBP7.5 million). However, a decrease in lower-margin third party revenue meant that overall Digital Platforms revenue decreased by 7% to GBP8.7 million (H1 2017: GBP9.4 million). Sales orders for Digital Platforms (excluding third party) increased by 102% to GBP8.1 million (H1 2017: GBP4.0 million) of which sales orders for the Group's SaaS platforms increased by 253% to GBP5.3 million (H1 2017: GBP1.5 million). Given that the performance varies across the individual platforms, further commentary on each platform is detailed below.

(2) Third party revenue includes fees charged to customers for third party services and products, such as scanning services and computer hardware.

Digital Platforms - Smart

Smart is now used by 103 global customers to automatically verify their Workday configurations (H1 2017: 64). Kainos had three Smart module offerings during the period - HCM, Security and Financials and a fourth module, Payroll, which was launched as beta software in October 2017. Over 95% of customers have purchased a subscription for both HCM and Security, with 18 customers subscribed to Financials (which is in line with the wider adoption of Workday Financials).

In the six months ended 30 September 2017, the Group added 11 new Smart customers, including United Technologies Group, Cancer Research UK, Telia and Centrica. Activity pattern in H1 remains in line with prior years (H1 2017: 9 new clients; H2 2017: 28 new clients), as client acquisition is linked to Workday user conferences held in October (Chicago) and November (Barcelona) each year.

Following the announcement of Workday Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), Kainos has been part of the early adopter programme. While still in the embryonic stages, Workday PaaS may offer future opportunity - additional IP development for Kainos or specialised development services to other Workday partners.

Smart revenue for the six months ended 30 September 2017 increased by 89% to GBP3.6 million (H1 2017: GBP1.9 million), of which GBP3.0 million relates to SaaS subscriptions. New sales bookings for the six months ended 30 September 2017 amounted to GBP5.7 million (H1 2017: GBP1.3 million), an increase of 338%. The Annual Recurring Revenue (ARR) for Smart at 30 September 2017 was GBP6.3 million (H1 2017: GBP3.0 million).

Looking forward, continued strong growth for Smart will be powered by increased penetration of Smart in the Workday Inc. customer base, by expansion of the Workday Inc. customer base itself and by the development and adoption of new Smart modules, of which Payroll is the most recent example.

Digital Platforms - Evolve EMR

Evolve EMR continues to be a leading supplier to the NHS, and is now deployed at enterprise scale across 35 Health Trusts (110 hospitals), managing over 1.2 billion images and with 33 million patients registered on the system.

The increasing importance of Evolve as a critical operational system is prompting some existing clients to consider transitioning to Evolve Cloud EMR and away from their current on-premise arrangements. The recent WannaCry virus, whilst not directly impacting Evolve EMR, has accelerated a number of conversations in this regard within the existing client base. Post period end, the first customer signed a 4 year Evolve Cloud EMR subscription, representing a 109% increase on the previously contracted annual maintenance fee.

During H1 2018, the Health Services Executive (HSE) became the latest hospital group to purchase Evolve EMR. HSE provides all of Ireland's public health services in hospitals and communities and the initial contract covers Galway University Hospital (2 sites), which is part of Saolta University Health Care Group (Ireland). This deployment, which is currently underway, will represent the first system of this type in the Irish market. There are a total of 48 hospitals in Ireland.

Within the NHS, funding for new technology remains limited despite numerous announcements about investment to accelerate the adoption of digital solutions. As a result, Evolve EMR revenue for the six months ended 30 September 2017 (excluding third party revenue) decreased by 38% to GBP3.4 million (H1 2017: GBP5.5 million). Sales orders (excluding third party) for the six months ended 30 September 2017 amounted to GBP2.3 million (H1 2017: GBP2.5 million), a reduction of 9%; backlog for Evolve EMR is GBP14.9 million (H1 2017: GBP18.7 million).

Looking forward, the Group believes that the opportunity for Evolve EMR remains undiminished in the long term, with 98 Health Trusts in England still to address their considerable paper challenge, representing an available market of approximately GBP200 million. However, it is likely that constrained technology funding in the NHS will persist in the near term, resulting in limited new procurements of Evolve EMR in 2018. We anticipate the muted outlook for new procurements in the NHS will be balanced by growth opportunities within the Irish market and the migration of existing clients to Evolve Cloud EMR.

Digital Platforms - Evolve IC

Evolve IC is a multi-tenanted cloud platform with production instances operational in both the US and the UK. A healthcare organisation will deploy care pathways onto the platform, with a subscription for each care pathway that is deployed. Typical care pathways can be specialty specific in areas such as Stroke Assessment and Paediatrics or cross organisation to support processes such as Pre-operative assessment or Discharge.

In the US, care pathways in areas of Stroke and Paediatrics implemented on the Evolve IC platform are now operational at 45 hospitals (H1 2017: nil). These projects have been delivered with partner and telehealth provider InTouch Health, who has customers spanning over 1,750 separate care locations across 130 individual health systems.

In the UK, Evolve IC is scheduled to commence live operation during H2 2018 in a NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), supporting care provision across a patient population of over 600,000 people. This Shared Care Record project will support the needs of clinical and nursing staff in the Urgent Care setting and will enable unified access to primary, acute and community care data from a total of 11 different healthcare systems.

Evolve IC revenue for the period ended 30 September 2017 was GBP0.5 million (H1 2017: GBP0.1 million). There were no new sales during the six months ended 30 September 2017 (H1 2017: GBP0.2 million).

Looking forward, the immediate priority is to support the go-live of the NHS CCG and support the roll-out of care pathways across the InTouch Health customer base. Over the medium term revenue growth will be driven by the scaled roll-out across the InTouch Health customer base, by the sale of additional care pathways to the US hospital customer base and by the adoption of care pathways within new and existing customers in the UK NHS.

PEOPLE

Kainos believes that the future success of the organisation is dependent upon the capability of the people working in the Group. The People Development Plan focuses on the key objectives of retention, recruitment and development.

The Group has 1,019 staff and contractors (H1 2017: 967), of which 6% are contractors (H1 2017: 7%). Attrition has increased to 12% during the period (H1 2017: 8%) but remains well below the UK technology average of 17%.

Kainos continues to attract strong interest in key recruitment markets, with 3,406 applicants in the period ended 30 September 2017 (H1 2017: 4,494). A total of 1,449 interviews were conducted (H1 2017: 1,534) with 131 people joining Kainos (H1 2017: 163), representing 3.8% of the original applicants (H1 2017: 3.6%).

The Kainos Digital Academy and associated MAP Programme (Master, Accomplish, Progress) are central to the development of staff. During the six month reporting period, 4,588 training days were completed, an average of 4.5 days per employee. The Digital Academy has been central to the development of new capabilities in Cyber Security, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.

Employee wellbeing is a key priority and Kainos strives to be an excellent employer, the success of which is reflected in holding Sunday Times Top 100 Employer status since 2012, an accreditation that is entirely based upon employee feedback. Kainos continues to develop programmes to support staff, including the launch of HealthShield, a comprehensive health plan to assist staff and their families' health and wellbeing.

Over the past four years, Kainos outreach programmes have directly benefitted the lives of over 4,000 young people in the UK and Ireland, catering for students from a range of socio-economic backgrounds and with a high percentage of female students taking part. In recognition of this work, Gemma Crothers, who leads these programmes, was awarded the 'Woman of the Year (SME)' award at the national Women in IT Excellence Awards.

The Group operates a Share Incentive Plan for all staff, which in July 2017 distributed a total of 380,650 free Kainos shares to 872 people, based upon the proportion of time that they were employed by Kainos in the previous twelve months.

SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK

The directors believe that the Group remains well placed to deliver growth in the coming years.

The Group's Digital Services division continues to benefit from the UK government's digitisation programmes and from the Group's growing reputation within the commercial sector in UK, Ireland and Germany. The strong and sustained growth of Workday Inc., the increasing international Kainos presence and the break-through into UK Public Sector provide a strong platform for further growth.

In the Group's Digital Platforms division, Smart remains in a commanding position as the only automated testing product specifically designed for the Workday product suite. Evolve IC has passed a significant milestone with the successful deployment in 45 hospitals in the US. While the opportunity for Evolve EMR in 2018 is muted, the directors remain confident that it is well positioned to capitalise on its lead in the NHS marketplace in the medium term.

In summary, the Group sees continued stability and growth opportunities for its Digital Services division and is encouraged by the strong position of its Digital Platform SaaS offerings globally. Going forward, the Group will continue to focus on providing exceptional careers for staff and exceptional digital products and services for its customers.

FINANCIAL REVIEW

Kainos achieved sales orders for H1 2018 totalling GBP63.4 million (H1 2017: GBP32.6 million), which represents a 94% increase. Included in this figure is GBP5.3 million (H1 2017: GBP1.5 million) of SaaS product sales orders, an increase of 253%. This has resulted in backlog increasing by 43% to GBP97.1 million (H1 2017: GBP68 million). Kainos achieved revenue of GBP41.4 million for the period, representing a 2% growth on H1 2017 (H1 2017: GBP40.6 million).

Overall the gross margin for the period of 49% is similar to the comparative period margin (H1 2017: 50%). There was a slight reduction of 0.5% in the gross margin for Digital Services (H1:2017 48%) and a reduction of 5% in the gross margin for Digital Platforms (H1:2017 59%), driven mostly by an increase in costs associated with Evolve IC.

The proportion of revenue generated outside the UK increased by 7% in the period and now accounts for 26% of total Group revenue (H1 2017: 19%). Across sectors, 52% of Group revenue is derived from government customers (H1 2017: 54%), 36% from commercial sector (H1 2017: 27%) and 12% from healthcare (H1 2017: 18%). Commercial sector revenue grew 35% to GBP15.0 million (H1 2017: GBP11.1 million). This growth in the commercial sector is largely due to the growth in both Smart and Workday Implementation services.

Operating expenses excluding share-based payments for the six months ended 30 September 2017 decreased by 2% to GBP13.1 million (H1 2017: GBP13.4 million). The Research and Development Expenditure Credit (RDEC) recognised in the period increased to GBP0.9m (H1 2017: GBP0.4m) and grant income recognised in the period increased to GBP2.0m (H1 2017: GBP1.3m). Therefore, ignoring RDEC and grant income operating expenses excluding share-based payments increased by 6% to GBP16.0 million (H1 2017: GBP15.1 million). Half of this increase relates to research and development, with investment in research and development growing by GBP0.4m to GBP2.6 million (H1 2017: GBP2.2 million), all of which was expensed in the period.

Adjusted pre-tax profit increased by 1% to GBP7.1 million (H1 2017: GBP7.0 million). Profit before tax increased by 5% to GBP6.8 million (H1 2017: GBP6.5 million). The effective tax rate for the six months ended 30 September 2017 was 19.5% (H1 2017: 19.2%).

The Group has a robust balance sheet with GBP27.3 million of cash (H1 2017: GBP20.9 million), no debt and net assets of GBP36.2 million (H1 2017: GBP31.7 million). Net cash from operating activities was GBP4.1 million in the period (H1 2017: GBP6.5 million). Cash conversion for the period was 63%, however this is usually lower in the first half of the year due to timing of bonus payments.

Dividend

An interim dividend of 2.0 pence per share has been declared for the six months to 30 September 2017. This will be paid on 29 December 2017 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 8 December 2017, with an ex-dividend date of 7 December 2017.

RISKS

There are a number of potential risks and uncertainties which could have a material impact on the Group's performance over the remaining six months of the financial year and could cause actual results to differ materially from forecast and historic results. The directors do not consider that the principal risks and uncertainties have changed since the publication of the Group's Annual Results on 30 May 2017. These are described in more detail on pages 9 and 10 of the Annual Report (available on the Group's website www.kainos.com).

We continue to monitor the possible implications of Brexit on the Group's performance. Given the international dimension of our operations, the various Brexit scenarios could impact the Group's financial position, supply chain and people. Specific examples include currency rate fluctuations and restrictions on the movement of people. While the impact of Brexit in the longer-term remains unclear, the Group is confident that performance will not be significantly affected in 2018 and continues to see immediate opportunities for growth.

Condensed consolidated interim statement of comprehensive income

for the six months ended 30 September 2017

 
                                     Note     6 months                 6 months   12 months to 31 Mar 2017 audited 
                                             to 30 Sep                to 30 Sep                            GBP'000 
                                                  2017                     2016 
                                             unaudited                unaudited 
                                               GBP'000                  GBP'000 
 Continuing operations 
 Revenue                                5       41,425                   40,600                             83,504 
 Cost of sales                          5     (21,253)                 (20,186)                           (41,479) 
----------------------------------  -----  -----------  -----------------------  --------------------------------- 
 Gross profit                                   20,172                   20,414                             42,025 
 Operating expenses excluding 
  share-based payments                        (13,077)                 (13,441)                           (27,821) 
 Share-based payments                            (320)                    (570)                              (949) 
----------------------------------  -----  -----------  -----------------------  --------------------------------- 
 Operating expenses                           (13,397)                 (14,011)                           (28,770) 
----------------------------------  -----  -----------  -----------------------  --------------------------------- 
 Operating profit                                6,775                    6,403                             13,255 
----------------------------------  -----  -----------  -----------------------  --------------------------------- 
 Finance income                                     37                       50                                 66 
 Finance expense                                   (2)                      (1)                                (1) 
 Profit before tax                               6,810                    6,452                             13,320 
 Taxation                               6      (1,326)                  (1,237)                            (2,904) 
----------------------------------  -----  -----------  -----------------------  --------------------------------- 
 Profit for the year                             5,484                    5,215                             10,416 
=========================================  ===========  =======================  ================================= 
 
 Consolidated statement of                    6 months     6 months   12 months 
  comprehensive income                           to 30        to 30       to 31 
                                              Sep 2017     Sep 2016    Mar 2017 
                                             unaudited    unaudited     audited 
                                               GBP'000      GBP'000     GBP'000 
----------------------------------  -----  -----------  -----------  ---------- 
 Profit for the year                             5,484        5,215      10,416 
 Other comprehensive income: 
 Currency translation difference                  (20)         (38)       (249) 
----------------------------------  -----  -----------  -----------  ---------- 
 Total comprehensive income 
  for the year                                   5,464        5,177      10,167 
----------------------------------  -----  -----------  -----------  ---------- 
 
 
 
 Earnings per share 
 Basic 8               4.7p   4.4p    8.9p 
 Diluted 8             4.6p   4.3p    8.7p 
 
 

Condensed consolidated interim balance sheet

at 30 September 2017

 
                                  Note   30 Sep 2017 unaudited   30 Sep 2016 unaudited   31 Mar 2017 
                                                       GBP'000                 GBP'000 
                                                                                             audited 
                                                                                             GBP'000 
 Non--current assets 
 Property, plant and equipment                           2,026                   2,221         2,002 
 Investments                                               900                     900           900 
 Other non--current assets          10                     630                     119           324 
-------------------------------  -----  ----------------------  ----------------------  ------------ 
                                                         3,556                   3,240         3,226 
-------------------------------  -----  ----------------------  ----------------------  ------------ 
 Current assets 
 Trade and other receivables         9                  14,276                  14,547        18,750 
 Prepayments                                             1,762                   1,704         1,559 
 Accrued income                                          8,107                   6,307         3,677 
 Cash and bank balances                                 27,314                  20,926        23,722 
-------------------------------  -----  ----------------------  ----------------------  ------------ 
                                                        51,459                  43,484        47,708 
-------------------------------  -----  ----------------------  ----------------------  ------------ 
 Total assets                                           55,015                  46,724        50,934 
===============================  =====  ======================  ======================  ============ 
 
 Current liabilities 
 Trade creditors and accruals                          (7,362)                 (6,996)       (8,683) 
 Deferred income                                       (5,615)                 (4,281)       (6,320) 
 Corporation tax                                       (2,573)                   (579)       (2,075) 
 Other tax and social security                         (3,017)                 (2,856)       (3,573) 
                                                      (18,567)                (14,712)      (20,651) 
-------------------------------  -----  ----------------------  ----------------------  ------------ 
 Non-current liabilities 
 Other provisions                                        (297)                   (297)         (297) 
-------------------------------  -----  ----------------------  ----------------------  ------------ 
                                                         (297)                   (297)         (297) 
-------------------------------  -----  ----------------------  ----------------------  ------------ 
 Total liabilities                                    (18,864)                (15,009)      (20,948) 
-------------------------------  -----  ----------------------  ----------------------  ------------ 
 Net assets                                             36,151                  31,715        29,986 
===============================  =====  ======================  ======================  ============ 
 
   Equity 
 Share capital                                             593                     590           592 
 Share premium account                                   1,628                   1,607         1,626 
 Capital reserve                                           666                     668           667 
 Share-based payments reserve                            1,773                   1,094         1,279 
 Translation reserve                                     (269)                       -         (249) 
 Retained earnings                                      31,760                  27,756        26,071 
-------------------------------  -----  ----------------------  ----------------------  ------------ 
 Total equity                                           36,151                  31,715        29,986 
===============================  =====  ======================  ======================  ============ 
 
 

Condensed consolidated interim statement of changes in shareholders' equity

for the six months ended 30 September 2017

 
                            Share     Share       Capital  Share-based    Translation   Retained     Total 
                          capital   premium    redemption     payments        reserve   earnings    equity 
                                                  reserve      GBP'000 
                          GBP'000   GBP'000       GBP'000                     GBP'000    GBP'000   GBP'000 
Balance at 31 March 
 2016 (audited)               590     1,607           668          524              -     22,534    25,923 
-----------------------  --------  --------  ------------  -----------  -------------  ---------  -------- 
Profit for the period           -         -             -            -              -      5,215     5,215 
Share-based payment 
 expense                        -         -             -          570              -          -       570 
Current tax for equity 
 - settled share-based 
 payments                       -         -             -            -              -         13        13 
Deferred tax on share 
 options (share-based 
 payments)                      -         -             -            -              -         32        32 
Exchange differences 
 arising on foreign 
 operations                     -         -             -            -           (38)          -      (38) 
-----------------------  --------  --------  ------------  -----------  -------------  ---------  -------- 
Balance at 30 September 
 2016 (unaudited)             590     1,607           668        1,094           (38)     27,794    31,715 
-----------------------  --------  --------  ------------  -----------  -------------  ---------  -------- 
Profit for the period           -         -             -            -              -      5,201     5,201 
Share-based payment 
 expense                        -         -             -          379              -          -       379 
Adjustments in respect 
 of prior periods               -         -             -        (194)              -        194         - 
Current tax for equity- 
 settled share-based 
 payments                       -         -             -            -              -       (25)      (25) 
Deferred tax for 
 equity-settled 
 share-based payments           -         -             -            -              -        115       115 
Issue of share capital          2        19           (1)            -              -          -        20 
Exchange differences 
 arising on foreign 
 operations                     -         -             -            -          (211)          -     (211) 
Dividends                       -         -             -            -                   (7,208)   (7,208) 
-----------------------  --------  --------  ------------  -----------  -------------  ---------  -------- 
Balance at 31 March 
 2017 (audited)               592     1,626           667        1,279          (249)     26,071    29,986 
-----------------------  --------  --------  ------------  -----------  -------------  ---------  -------- 
Profit for the period                                                                      5,484     5,484 
Share-based payment 
 expense                                                           320                                 320 
Adjustment to 
 share-based payments 
 reserve                                                           174                     (174)         - 
Current tax for equity 
 - settled share-based 
 payments                                                                                     57        57 
Deferred tax on share 
 options (share-based 
 payments)                                                                                   322       322 
Exchange differences 
 arising on foreign 
 operations                                                                      (20)                 (20) 
Issue of share capital          1         2           (1)                                                2 
Balance at 30 September 
 2017 (unaudited)             593     1,628           666        1,773          (269)     31,760    36,151 
=======================  ========  ========  ============  ===========  =============  =========  ======== 
 
 
 

Condensed consolidated interim cash flow statement

for the six months ended 30 September 2017

 
                                                                      6 months         6 months        12 months 
                                                                to 30 Sep 2017   to 30 Sep 2016   to 31 Mar 2017 
                                                                   (unaudited)      (unaudited)        (audited) 
                                                                       GBP'000          GBP'000          GBP'000 
 
Net cash from operating activities                                       4,119            6,452           16,927 
--------------------------------------------------------  ---  ---------------  ---------------  --------------- 
 
Investing activities 
Purchases of property, plant and equipment                               (509)            (571)            (813) 
--------------------------------------------------------  ---  ---------------  ---------------  --------------- 
Net cash used in investing activities                                    (509)            (571)            (813) 
--------------------------------------------------------  ---  ---------------  ---------------  --------------- 
 
Financing activities 
Dividends paid                                                               -                -          (7,208) 
Proceeds on issue of shares                                                  2                -               20 
--------------------------------------------------------  ---  ---------------  ---------------  --------------- 
Net cash generated/(used) in financing activities                            2                -          (7,188) 
--------------------------------------------------------  ---  ---------------  ---------------  --------------- 
 
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents                                3,612            5,881            8,926 
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period                        23,722           15,045           15,045 
Effects of foreign exchange rate changes                                  (20)                -            (249) 
--------------------------------------------------------  ---  ---------------  ---------------  --------------- 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period                              27,314           20,926           23,722 
========================================================  ===  ===============  ===============  =============== 
 
 
Net cash from operating activities                                    6 months         6 months        12 months 
                                                                to 30 Sep 2017   to 30 Sep 2016   to 31 Mar 2017 
                                                                   (unaudited)      (unaudited)        (audited) 
                                                                       GBP'000          GBP'000          GBP'000 
 
Profit for the period                                                    5,484            5,215           10,416 
Adjustments for: 
Income tax expense                                                       1,326            1,237            2,904 
Share-based payment expense                                                320              570              949 
Government grants released                                                (13)              (6)             (11) 
Depreciation                                                               485              436              897 
Operating cash flows before movements in working capital                 7,602            7,452           15,155 
(Increase)/decrease in receivables                                       (465)             (56)          (1,691) 
(Decrease)/increase in payables                                        (2,384)          (2,072)            3,155 
--------------------------------------------------------  ---  ---------------  ---------------  --------------- 
Cash generated by operations                                             4,753            5,324           16,619 
Income taxes (paid)/received                                             (634)            1,128              308 
--------------------------------------------------------  ---  ---------------  ---------------  --------------- 
Net cash from operating activities                                       4,119            6,452           16,927 
========================================================  ===  ===============  ===============  =============== 
 
 

Notes to the condensed consolidated interim financial statements

   1.            Corporate information 

Kainos Group plc ("Company") is a company incorporated and domiciled in the UK (Company registration number 09579188), having its registered office at 4(th) Floor, 111 Charterhouse Street, London, EC1M 6AW. These condensed consolidated interim financial statements for the six months ended 30 September 2017 comprise the Company and its subsidiaries (together the "Group"). The nature of the Group's operations and its principal activities are set out in the Divisional Review and in Note 5. The Group is headquartered in Belfast.

These statements have not been audited but have been reviewed by the Group's auditor pursuant to the Auditing Practices Board guidance on the Review of Interim Financial Information.

These condensed interim financial statements were approved for issue on 24 November 2017.

   2.            Basis of preparation 

The interim condensed consolidated financial statements for the six months ended 30 September 2017 have been prepared in accordance with the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority and with IAS 34 "Interim Financial Reporting" as adopted by the European Union.

These interim condensed consolidated financial statements do not constitute statutory accounts of the Group within the meaning of Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. The statutory accounts for the year ended 31 March 2017 have been filed with the Registrar of Companies. The auditor's report on those accounts was unqualified, did not contain an emphasis of matter paragraph and did not contain any statement under Section 498(2) or Section 498(3) of the Companies Act 2006.

The annual statements of Kainos Group plc are prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the European Union. These consolidated financial statements are presented in pounds sterling because that is the currency of the primary economic environment in which the Group operates.

Going concern

The directors have, at the time of approving the financial statements, a reasonable expectation that the Company and the Group have adequate resources to continue in operational existence for at least 12 months from the date of the financial statements. Thus, they continue to adopt the going concern basis of accounting in preparing the financial statements.

   3.            Significant accounting policies 

The accounting policies, presentation and methods of computation applied by the Group in these interim condensed consolidated financial statements are the same as those applied in the Group's latest audited annual consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2017. There are no accounting standards or interpretations that have become effective in the current reporting period which have had a material effect on the net assets, results and disclosures of the Group. The Group has not early adopted any other standard, interpretation or amendment that has been issued but is not yet effective.

IFRS15 'Revenue from contracts with customers', is effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2018, with early adoption permitted. The Group is currently performing a detailed assessment of the impact resulting from the application of IFRS15 and will disclose additional information before it adopts IFRS15.

   3.            Significant accounting policies (continued) 

IFRS16, 'Leases', will become effective in January 2019. IFRS16 introduces a single, on-balance sheet lease accounting model for lessees. The Group has started to assess the potential impact of the adoption of IFRS16 on its consolidated financial statements.

   4.            Estimates 

The preparation of interim financial statements requires management to make judgements, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of accounting policies and the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, income and expense. Actual results may differ from these estimates.

In preparing these condensed interim financial statements, the significant judgements made by management in applying the Group's accounting policies and key sources of estimation uncertainty were the same as those applied to the statutory accounts for the year ended 31 March 2017. The only exception relates to the estimate of the provision of income taxes which is determined in the interim financial statements using the estimated average annual effective income tax rate applied to the profit before tax of the interim period.

   5.            Segmental reporting 

Kainos provides Digital Services and Digital Platforms to customers in the public and commercial industry sectors.

Digital Services include full lifecycle development and support of digital solutions for government and commercial customers. Kainos is also the largest boutique partner for Workday, Inc. in Europe, responsible for implementing Workday's innovative Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform for enterprise customers.

Digital Platforms comprise Evolve EMR, the market leading product for the digitisation of patient notes in the Acute sector of the NHS; Evolve IC, an integrated care platform for NHS and international healthcare providers; and Smart, an automated testing platform for Workday customers.

Segmental revenue and results

The following is an analysis of the Group's revenue and results by reportable segment:

 
                                                         Digital Services   Digital Platforms 
   6 months to 30 September 2017 (unaudited)                      GBP'000             GBP'000     Consolidated 
                                                                                                       GBP'000 
 Revenue                                                           32,694               8,731           41,425 
 Cost of sales                                                   (17,258)             (3,995)         (21,253) 
------------------------------------------------------  -----------------  ------------------  --------------- 
 Gross profit                                                      15,436               4,736           20,172 
 Direct expenses                                                  (3,966)             (4,762)          (8,728) 
 Contribution                                                      11,470                (26)           11,444 
 Operating expenses excluding share-based 
  payments                                                                                             (4,314) 
 Adjusted pre-tax profit                                                                                 7,130 
------------------------------------------------------  -------------------------------------  --------------- 
 
 
   5.            Segmental reporting (continued) 
 
 6 months to 30 September 2016 (unaudited)                 Digital Services   Digital Platforms 
                                                                    GBP'000             GBP'000     Consolidated 
                                                                                                         GBP'000 
 Revenue                                                             31,216               9,384           40,600 
 Cost of sales                                                     (16,319)          (3,867)(1)         (20,186) 
--------------------------------------------------------  -----------------  ------------------  --------------- 
 Gross profit                                                        14,897               5,517           20,414 
 Direct expenses                                                    (3,184)             (4,637)          (7,821) 
 Contribution                                                        11,713                 880           12,593 
 Operating expenses excluding share-based payments                                                       (5,571) 
 Adjusted pre-tax profit                                                                                   7,022 
--------------------------------------------------------  -------------------------------------  --------------- 
 
 
 
                                                            Digital Services   Digital Platforms 
   12 months to 31 March 2017 (audited)                              GBP'000             GBP'000     Consolidated 
                                                                                                          GBP'000 
 Revenue                                                              64,526              18,978           83,504 
 Cost of sales                                                      (33,374)          (8,105)(2)         (41,479) 
----------------------------------------------------  ---  -----------------  ------------------  --------------- 
 Gross profit                                                         31,152              10,873           42,025 
 Direct expenses                                                     (6,186)             (8,922)         (15,108) 
----------------------------------------------------  ---  -----------------  ------------------  --------------- 
 Contribution                                                         24,966               1,951           26,917 
 Operating expenses excluding share-based payments                                                       (12,648) 
 Adjusted pre-tax profit                                                                                   14,269 
---------------------------------------------------------  -----------------  ------------------  --------------- 
 
 (1)    GBP0.7m of costs for Digital Platforms have been reclassified from direct expenses to cost of sales in line with current period presentation (2)    GBP1.5m of costs for Digital Platforms have been reclassified from direct expenses to cost of sales in line with current period presentation 

Reconciliation of adjusted pre-tax profit to profit before tax

 
                             6 months to 30 Sep 2017   6 months to 30 Sep 2016   12 months to 31 Mar 2017 
                                         (unaudited)               (unaudited)                  (audited) 
                                             GBP'000                   GBP'000                    GBP'000 
 Adjusted pre-tax profit                       7,130                     7,022                     14,269 
 Share-based payments                          (320)                     (570)                      (949) 
--------------------------  ------------------------  ------------------------  ------------------------- 
 Profit before tax                             6,810                     6,452                     13,320 
--------------------------  ------------------------  ------------------------  ------------------------- 
 
   6.            Taxation 

The total tax charge for the six months ended 30 September 2017 is GBP1,326k (six months ended 30 September 2016: GBP1,237k). This tax charge equates to an effective tax rate of 19.5% (30 September 2016: 19.2%). The expected annual tax rate for the year to 31 March 2018 is 19.1% (31 March 2017: 21.8%).

   7.           Dividends 

The dividends paid in the periods covered in these condensed consolidated interim financial statements are detailed below:

 
                                                                    6 months to 30    6 months to 30   12 months to 31 
                                                                          Sep 2017          Sep 2016          Mar 2017 
                                                                       (unaudited)       (unaudited)         (audited) 
                                                                           GBP'000           GBP'000           GBP'000 
 Amounts recognised as distributions to equity holders in the 
 period: 
 Final dividend for 2016 of 4.2p per share                                       -                 -             4,960 
 Interim dividend for 2017 of 1.9p per share                                     -                 -             2,248 
 Total                                                                           -                 -             7,208 
================================================================  ================  ================  ================ 
 

A final dividend of 4.4 pence per share for the year to 31 March 2017 was paid on 20 October 2017 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 22 September 2017. An interim dividend of 2.0 pence per share has been declared for the six months to 30 September 2017. This will be paid on 29 December 2017 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 8 December 2017, with an ex-dividend date of 7 December 2017. These condensed consolidated interim financial statements do not reflect the final dividend paid or the interim dividend payable.

   8.            Earnings per share 

Basic earnings per share is calculated by dividing the profit attributable to ordinary shareholders of the parent company by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the period.

 
                                                                     6 months to 30   6 months to 30   12 months to 31 
                                                                           Sep 2017         Sep 2016          Mar 2017 
                                                                        (unaudited)      (unaudited)         (audited) 
                                                                            GBP'000          GBP'000           GBP'000 
 Profit for the period                                                        5,484            5,215            10,416 
------------------------------------------------------------------  ---------------  ---------------  ---------------- 
                                                                          Thousands        Thousands         Thousands 
 Weighted average number of ordinary shares for the purposes of 
  basic earnings per share                                                  117,214          117,200           117,200 
 Effect of dilutive potential ordinary shares from share options              2,195            3,341             2,773 
 Weighted average number of ordinary shares for the purposes of 
  diluted earnings per share                                                119,409          120,541           119,973 
------------------------------------------------------------------  ---------------  ---------------  ---------------- 
 Basic earnings per share                                                      4.7p             4.4p              8.9p 
 Diluted earnings per share                                                    4.6p             4.3p              8.7p 
==================================================================  ===============  ===============  ================ 
 
   8.            Earnings per share (continued) 

Adjusted basic earnings per share is calculated by dividing the profit attributable to ordinary equity holders of the parent company, excluding exceptional items and share option plan expense (including associated taxes) by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the period.

 
                                  6 months to    6 months to   12 months to 
                                           30             30             31 
                                     Sep 2017       Sep 2016       Mar 2017 
                                  (unaudited)    (unaudited)      (audited) 
                                      GBP'000        GBP'000        GBP'000 
 Profit for the period                  5,484          5,215         10,416 
 Share option plan expense 
  (including associated 
  taxes)                                  320            570            949 
 Adjusted profit for 
  the period                            5,804          5,785         11,365 
------------------------------  -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 Weighted average number 
  of ordinary shares for 
  the purposes of basic 
  earnings per share                  117,214        117,200        117,200 
 Effect of dilutive potential 
  ordinary shares from 
  share options                         2,195          3,341          2,773 
 Weighted average number 
  of ordinary shares for 
  the purposes of diluted 
  earnings per share                  119,409        120,541        119,973 
------------------------------  -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 Adjusted basic earnings 
  per share                              5.0p           4.9p           9.7p 
 Adjusted diluted earnings 
  per share                              4.9p           4.8p           9.5p 
==============================  =============  =============  ============= 
 
   9.            Trade and other receivables 
 
                                  30 Sep 2017    30 Sep 2016   31 Mar 2017 
                                  (unaudited)    (unaudited)     (audited) 
                                      GBP'000        GBP'000       GBP'000 
 Trade receivables                     12,258         13,148        16,168 
 Allowance for doubtful debts               -           (29)          (15) 
------------------------------  -------------  -------------  ------------ 
                                       12,258         13,119        16,153 
 Other debtors                          2,018          1,428         2,597 
 Total                                 14,276         14,547        18,750 
==============================  =============  =============  ============ 
 
   10.          Other non-current assets 
 
                  30 Sep 2017    30 Sep 2016   31 Mar 2017 
                  (unaudited)    (unaudited)     (audited) 
                      GBP'000        GBP'000       GBP'000 
 Deferred tax             630              2           324 
 Prepayments                -            117             - 
--------------  ------------- 
 Total                    630            119           324 
==============  =============  =============  ============ 
 
   11.          Share-based payments 

During the six months to 30 September 2017, 392,230 new share options were granted to employees (six months to 30 September 2016: 1,435,015) in line with the existing schemes as previously published. The fair value of the new share options will be expensed over the same vesting period duration as the existing share options for each scheme. The Group used the inputs as previously published to measure the fair value of the share options immediately before and after the re-pricing. There are no options exercisable at the period end.

   12.          Related party transactions 

Balances and transactions between the company and its subsidiaries, which are related parties, have been eliminated on consolidation and are not disclosed in this note. There are no loans outstanding with directors at the start or end of the period.

Trading transactions

During the period, group companies entered into the following transactions with related parties who are not members of the group:

 
                                Sale of goods and services                                             Purchase of goods and services 
             6 months to 30 Sept 2017    6 months to  12 months to 31 Mar 2017  6 months to 30 Sept 2017  6 months to 30 Sept 2016  12 months to 31 Mar 2017 
                          (unaudited)   30 Sept 2016                 (audited)               (unaudited)               (unaudited)                 (audited) 
                              GBP'000    (unaudited)                   GBP'000                   GBP'000                   GBP'000                   GBP'000 
                                             GBP'000 
Cirdan 
 Imaging 
 Limited                          248            462                       991                         -                         -                         - 
Queen's 
 University 
 Belfast                            -              -                         -                       141                       155                       301 
-----------  ------------------------  -------------  ------------------------  ------------------------  ------------------------  ------------------------ 
Total                             248            462                       991                       141                       155                       301 
===========  ========================  =============  ========================  ========================  ========================  ======================== 
 
 

The following amounts were outstanding at the balance sheet date:

 
                                   Amounts owed by related parties            Amounts owed to related parties 
                               30 Sept 2017   30 Sept 2016     31 March        30 Sept   30 Sept 2016     31 March 
                                (unaudited)    (unaudited)         2017           2017    (unaudited)         2017 
                                    GBP'000        GBP'000    (audited)    (unaudited)        GBP'000    (audited) 
                                                                GBP'000        GBP'000                     GBP'000 
 Cirdan Imaging Limited                 227            214          390              -              -            5 
 Queen's University Belfast               -             52            -             18              -            - 
 Total                                  227            266          390             18              -            5 
============================  =============  =============  ===========  =============  =============  =========== 
 

Queen's University Belfast is a related party as one of the Group's material shareholders. Cirdan Imaging Limited is a related party due to the Group's shareholding of 10% in this company.

   13.       Comparatives 

Where appropriate, certain balances have been reclassified to conform to current period presentation.

Within the Digital Platforms division, costs of GBP0.7 million for the six months ended 30 September 2016 and GBP1.5 million for the year ended 31 March 2017, have been reclassified from operating expenses to costs of sales.

Grant receivable of GBP0.5 million as at 30 September 2016 has been reclassified from prepayments to other debtors in line with presentation at 31 March 2017 and 30 September 2017.

Responsibility statement of the directors in respect of the interim financial report

The Directors confirm that these condensed interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 "Interim Financial Reporting" as adopted by the European Union, and that the interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.7 and DTR 4.2.8 of the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority, namely:

-- An indication of important events that have occurred during the first six months and their impact on the condensed set of financial statements, and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the financial year; and

-- Material related party transactions in the first six months and any material changes in the related party transactions described in the last annual report

Richard McCann

Director

24 November 2017

INDEPENDENT REVIEW REPORT TO KAINOS GROUP PLC

We have been engaged by the Company to review the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 30 September 2017 which comprises the condensed consolidated interim statement of comprehensive income, the condensed consolidated interim balance sheet, the condensed consolidated interim statement of changes in shareholders' equity, the condensed consolidated interim cash flow statement and related notes 1 to 13. We have read the other information contained in the half-yearly financial report and considered whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information in the condensed set of financial statements.

This report is made solely to the Company in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410 "Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity" issued by the Auditing Practices Board. Our work has been undertaken so that we might state to the Company those matters we are required to state to it in an independent review 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, for our review work, for this report, or for the conclusions we have formed.

Directors' responsibilities

The half-yearly financial report is the responsibility of, and has been approved by, the directors. The directors are responsible for preparing the half-yearly financial report in accordance with the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

As disclosed in note 2, the annual financial statements of the group are prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the European Union. The condensed set of financial statements included in this half-yearly financial report has been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 "Interim Financial Reporting" as adopted by the European Union.

Our responsibility

Our responsibility is to express to the Company a conclusion on the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report based on our review.

Scope of review

We conducted our review in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410 "Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity" issued by the Auditing Practices Board for use in the United Kingdom. A review of interim financial information consists of making inquiries, primarily of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters, and applying analytical and other review procedures. A review is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK) and consequently does not enable us to obtain assurance that we would become aware of all significant matters that might be identified in an audit. Accordingly, we do not express an audit opinion.

Conclusion

Based on our review, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 30 September 2017 is not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 as adopted by the European Union and the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

Deloitte (NI) Limited

Chartered Accountants and Statutory Auditor

Belfast, United Kingdom

24 November 2017

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