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LoopUp Group PLC Interim Results

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LoopUp Group PLC

06 September 2017

LOOPUP GROUP PLC

("LoopUp Group" or the "Group")

Interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2017

LoopUp Group plc (AIM: LOOP), the premium remote meetings company, today announces its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2017. The results demonstrate six months of further robust growth in revenue and profitability, driven by continued strong sales and customer loyalty across the Group's key markets. The Group enters the second half of the year with a healthy new business pipeline and a debt-free balance sheet.

Financial Highlights

 
                                 Six months     Six months 
                                         to             to 
                                    30 June        30 June 
                                       2017           2016 
                                                             Year-on-year 
 GBP million                    (unaudited)    (unaudited)         growth 
----------------------------  -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 LoopUp Revenue(1)                     8.65           6.00          44.2% 
 Total revenue                         8.65           6.38          35.6% 
 LoopUp Gross Profit(1)                6.65           4.42          50.3% 
 LoopUp Gross Profit 
  margin(1)                           76.8%          73.7%       +310 BPS 
 LoopUp EBITDA(1),(2)                  1.61           0.89          81.4% 
 LoopUp Operating Profit(1)            0.51           0.14         264.3% 
 Diluted earnings per 
  share (pence)                         1.9            0.2 
----------------------------  -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 

1. LoopUp Revenue, LoopUp Gross Profit, LoopUp EBITDA and LoopUp Operating Profit are revenue, gross profit, EBITDA and operating profit respectively from the LoopUp product and associated value-added add-on capabilities, and so exclude discontinued BT technology licensing business. Total revenue, gross profit, EBITDA and operating profit for H12016, inclusive of GBP0.38m discontinued BT technology licensing revenue, were GBP6.38m, GBP4.80m, GBP1.27m and GBP0.52m, respectively. H12017 numbers are unaffected as the BT technology licensing business discontinued in November 2016.

2. Earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation, amortisation and share based payments charges.

Operational Highlights

-- 44% growth in LoopUp Revenue, an increase in growth rate from 39% in FY2016 and 36% in FY2015. Growth at constant currency in H1 2017 was 37.2% year-on-year compared to 31% in each of FY2016 and FY2015

-- 310 basis point improvement in like-for-like gross profit margin compared to H1 2016, leading to a 50.3% growth in LoopUp Gross Profit

-- The Group maintained its track record of 'negative net churn' - i.e. net growth - in its established base of customers that are at least one year old. Net growth in H1 2017 was 9.1% (FY2016: 8.3%)

-- Continued investment in the Group's team-based 'Pods' for new business acquisition led to an average of 7.7 Pods during the period (FY2016: 6.2 Pods), each costing GBP493,000 on a fully-loaded basis (FY2016: GBP490,000), and each returning new annual recurring revenue growth of GBP508,000 (FY2016: GBP509,000)

-- Particularly strong US growth with the Group generating 36% of LoopUp Revenue from the United Kingdom, 52% from the United States, 10% from continental Europe and 2% from the rest of the world

   --      Introduced support for enterprise Single Sign-On (SSO) into the LoopUp product 

-- Introduced inter-connected multi-site bridging into LoopUp's global network operations to enhance premium international voice quality

-- The Group paid down a final debt installment of GBP0.3m on 31 January 2017, leaving the Group's balance sheet debt-free. As at 30 June 2017, the Group's net cash position was GBP1.6 million

Steve Flavell, Co-CEO of LoopUp Group, commented,

"We are very pleased to report continued strong performance in our 2017 interim results. LoopUp is benefiting from significant momentum and the 44% growth in LoopUp Revenue exceeds FY2016 and FY2015 growth rates both as reported on a pound-sterling basis and on a constant currency basis. Like-for-like gross margins have improved, the business has developed its profitability at both EBITDA and operating levels and our metrics for new business acquisition efficiency and business retention remain strong.

The second half of 2017 has started encouragingly with some major new customer wins set to roll out, and we remain confident for the full financial year as well as in our ability to deliver growth beyond that. We attribute our continued positive performance and outlook to our highly differentiated product strategy in the large GBP5 billion market for outsourced remote meetings services."

For further information, please contact:

 
 LoopUp Group PLC                          via FTI 
 Steve Flavell, Co-CEO 
 
                                           +44 (0) 207 
 Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited                886 2500 
 Dominic Morley / Alina Vaskina 
  / William Wickham (Corporate Finance) 
 Erik Anderson / Amy Sarra (Corporate 
  Broking) 
 
                                           +44 (0) 203 
 FTI Consulting, LLP                        727 1000 
 Matt Dixon / Chris Lane / Harry 
  Staight 
 

About LoopUp Group plc

LoopUp (LSE AIM: LOOP) is a premium remote meetings solution. Streamlined and intuitive, LoopUp is built for business users and delivers the quality, security and reliability required in the enterprise. One-click screen sharing and integration with tools business people use every day, like Outlook(TM), make it easy for LoopUp users to collaborate in real time. LoopUp's award-winning SaaS solution doesn't overwhelm users with features, and doesn't require training. Over 2,000 enterprises worldwide, including Travelex, Kia Motors America, Planet Hollywood, National Geographic, and Subaru trust LoopUp with their remote meetings.

The Group is headquartered in London, with offices in San Francisco, New York, Boston, Hong Kong and Barbados, and is listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange (LOOP). For further information, please visit: www.loopup.com.

Notes:

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014.

LoopUp Group plc was incorporated on 1 February 2016. The company acquired the share capital of the trading entity, Ring2 Communications Limited (now LoopUp Limited), on 2 August 2016. Therefore, at 30 June 2016, LoopUp Group plc had no trading activity to report, nor had formed a group including LoopUp Limited. The comparative financials for six months ended 30 June 2016 represent the trading results of LoopUp Limited (a company with the same registered address as the LoopUp Group and the registered number 4677393) and its subsidiaries.

Chief Executive Officers' Business Review

We're pleased to report on another period of robust performance in the first half of 2017. The period has seen us deliver strong revenue growth, gross margin improvements and increased profitability at both EBITDA and operating profit levels. Helping to drive this progress, we have maintained efficient new business acquisition and customer retention metrics and made progress against our strategic objectives.

Continued strong growth

We have maintained our track record of consistently strong revenue growth. On a sterling-reported basis, LoopUp Revenue grew by 44% year-on-year compared to H1 2016, up from 39% growth in FY2016 and 36% growth in FY2015.

On a constant currency basis, 37 percentage points were due to business growth and 7 percentage points were due to dollar currency changes against the pound year-on-year compared to H1 2016. This constant currency growth of 37% exceeds previous periods, namely 31% in each of FY2016 and FY2015.

Key driver of consistent growth: differentiated product strategy

The consistency of our strong growth in this GBP5 billion technology space, which over the years has attracted heavyweight market participants such as Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Cisco, Citrix and Adobe, as well as hot Silicon Valley names such as Zoom and Blue Jeans, is, we believe, due to our clearly differentiated product strategy.

More than twenty years into this technology space, most business users are still dialling into conference calls with numbers and codes. It is LoopUp's belief that they're doing so not because they like it - the time-wasting frustrations of conference calling are widely recognised - but because software-based alternatives are deemed too intimidating. A recent survey1 showed that 83% of frequent conference callers would do more web-based conferencing if it were easier. Unlike many types of enterprise software that are learned and adopted over time through trial and error, there is little to no appetite for risk when hosting a live remote meeting with multiple clients and colleagues. The mainstream majority stick to what they know and are comfortable with: dialling in.

There are plenty of highly-functional software products in the market, vying for the attention of tech-savvy early adopters and specialist departmental users such as training and IT staff. LoopUp, however, is pursuing a notably different strategy by building and marketing a software product specifically designed for 'everyone else': a large niche, everyone who's still dialling in. We do so by offering an intuitive and streamlined user experience that is designed to require no end user training. We obsess over the usage rates of those select capabilities we choose to incorporate into the product; we take the view that, done well, less is more. This is a quite different strategy to the technology-led, feature-loaded approach of the software-based competition.

1Survey commissioned by LoopUp and conducted by Sapio Research, August 2017 (n=1000)

Continued efficiency of growth

Our team-based 'Pods' organisational structure for new business acquisition has continued to operate to efficient underlying unit economics. During H1 2017, each of the 7.7 Pods delivered an average of GBP508,000 new annual recurring revenue at a fully-loaded one-off cost of GBP493,000. The Group has a low customer loss rate of just 5.5% of revenue over the last 12-month period, which if maintained, would imply an 18-year expected lifetime over which this annual revenue would recur.

Furthermore, in our established customer base, we have again demonstrated 'negative net churn'. Taking into account all losses, shrinkages and growths, LoopUp Revenue in the period from all customers of at least one year old actually net grew year-on-year by 9.1% (FY 2016: 8.3%).

Our customer base remains well diversified, with the largest single customer (which the Group won in 2016) representing just 3.8% of total LoopUp Revenue. Our top 100 customers accounted for 63% of LoopUp Revenue, and the top 500 accounted for 91%. The Group generated 36% of LoopUp Revenue from the United Kingdom, 52% from the United States, 10% from continental Europe and 2% from the rest of the world. Our established revenue base in the United States is an important foundation for future growth as this geographic market accounts for over 59% of global demand.

Progress against our strategic priorities

We have made strong progress against each of our three strategic priorities:

-- As indicated at IPO, we plan to increase the number of Pods to an average of at least eight during 2017 and an average of at least 11 during 2018. With an average of 7.7 during H1 2017, we remain well on track to deliver against these targets.

-- Our new Marketing team, which was brought on board after the IPO, has made substantial progress on multiple fronts. They have produced a wealth of original thought leadership content now available in a new 'Resources' zone of our corporate website and which will form a cornerstone of various demand generation activities going forward; initiated a business PR program leading to numerous published articles; established relationships with several leading technology space analyst firms that have already led to research coverage and award recognition; and worked closely with the Group's commercial operations team towards delivering end-to-end tracking of our nascent demand generation activities.

-- During H1 2017, we have continued to innovate the LoopUp product by adding support for Single Sign-On (SSO) identity management, which enables enterprise IT decision-makers finally to bring conference calling under the SSO banner. While SSO is relatively common in software based products that tend to serve the early adopter part of our market, it is by contrast quite differentiating in the part of the market that LoopUp serves: the mainstream majority who, prior to LoopUp, have just dialed in to non-software based audio services. We have also introduced a new bridging architecture, whereby a single conference call can be bridged in multiple interconnected LoopUp data centres, and so materially enhancing voice quality in larger international remote meetings.

Positive Outlook

We continue to see strong demand for our product from our target market of mid-to-large enterprise and professional services firms. Since the end of the reported period, we've had some major new customer wins set to roll out in the second half, including a major multinational consulting organisation, a premier investment banking advisory firm, and a leading UK building society. Pipelines are healthy and we remain confident in our ability to deliver further growth.

Unaudited consolidated statement of comprehensive income for the six months to 30 June 2017

 
                                 Six months   Six months      12 months 
                                         to           to             to 
                                    30 June      30 June    31 December 
 GBP'000                               2017         2016           2016 
-----------------------------   -----------  -----------  ------------- 
 LoopUp Revenue (1)                   8,651        5,998         12,823 
 Discontinued licensing 
  revenue                                 -          384            736 
------------------------------  -----------  -----------  ------------- 
 Total revenue                        8,651        6,382         13,559 
 Cost of sales                      (2,004)      (1,579)        (3,265) 
------------------------------  -----------  -----------  ------------- 
 Gross profit                         6,647        4,803         10,294 
 
 Administrative expenses            (5,038)      (3,532)        (8,231) 
 EBITDA (2)                           1,609        1,271          2,063 
 
 Depreciation                         (137)        (107)          (246) 
 Amortisation                         (962)        (644)        (1,419) 
 Other operating income                   -            -              - 
-----------------------------   -----------  -----------  ------------- 
 Operating profit                       510          520            398 
 
 Finance costs                          (3)        (448)          (684) 
------------------------------  -----------  -----------  ------------- 
 Profit / (loss) before 
  tax                                   507           72          (286) 
 
 Income tax                             356            -            484 
 
 Profit for the period                  863           72            198 
 
 Other comprehensive income 
  and loss 
 Currency translation loss             (80)        (878)        (1,209) 
 
 Total comprehensive income 
  / (loss) for the period 
  attributable to the equity 
  holders of the parent                 783        (806)        (1,011) 
==============================  ===========  ===========  ============= 
 
 Earnings per share (pence) 
  - Note 4 
 Basic                                  2.1          0.3            0.6 
 Diluted                                1.9          0.2            0.5 
==============================  ===========  ===========  ============= 
 

1. LoopUp Revenue is revenue from the LoopUp product and associated value-added add-on capabilities; excludes discontinued BT technology licencing revenue.

2. EBITDA is operating profit stated before depreciation, amortisation of intangible fixed assets and share-based payments charges.

Unaudited consolidated statement of financial position at 30 June 2017

 
                                         30 June    30 June   31 December 
 GBP'000                                    2017       2016          2016 
------------------------------------   ---------  ---------  ------------ 
 Assets 
 Non-current assets 
 Property, plant and equipment               528        428           463 
 Intangible assets                         5,705      3,616         4,822 
 Total non-current assets                  6,233      4,034         5,285 
-------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ------------ 
 Current assets 
 Trade and other receivables               3,539      2,795         2,802 
 Cash and cash equivalents                 1,612      1,086         2,547 
 Current tax                                   -          -           500 
-------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ------------ 
 Total current assets                      5,151      3,881         5,849 
-------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ------------ 
 Total assets                             11,384      7,925        11,134 
-------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ------------ 
 
 Liabilities 
 Trade and other payables                (1,788)    (1,284)       (1,744) 
 Accruals and deferred 
  income                                   (986)      (582)       (1,378) 
 Borrowings                                    -    (5,110)         (306) 
 Total current liabilities               (2,774)    (6,976)       (3,428) 
-------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ------------ 
 Net current assets / (liabilities)        2,377    (3,095)         2,421 
 Non-current liabilities 
 Borrowings                                    -    (4,811)             - 
------------------------------------   ---------  ---------  ------------ 
 Total non-current liabilities                 -    (4,811)             - 
 Total liabilities                       (2,774)   (11,787)       (3,428) 
-------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ------------ 
 Net assets / (liabilities)                8,610    (3,862)         7,706 
=====================================  =========  =========  ============ 
 
 Equity 
 Share capital                               205        139           204 
 Share premium                            11,828          -        11,708 
 Other reserve                            12,691     12,691        12,691 
 Foreign currency translation 
  reserve                                (1,888)    (1,477)       (1,808) 
 Retained loss                          (14,226)   (15,215)      (15,089) 
 Shareholders' funds / 
  (deficit) attributable 
  to equity owners of parent               8,610    (3,862)         7,706 
=====================================  =========  =========  ============ 
 

Unaudited consolidated statement of changes in equity at 30 June 2017

 
                                                                                          Shareholders' 
                                                                                                  funds 
                                                                                            / (deficit) 
                                                            Foreign                        attributable 
                                                           currency                           to equity 
                         Share      Share      Other    translation            Retained          owners 
 GBP'000               capital    premium    reserve        reserve                loss       of parent 
-------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------  -------------  ------------------  -------------- 
 
 Balance at 1 
  January 2016             139          -     12,691          (599)            (15,287)         (3,056) 
 
 Profit and total 
  comprehensive 
  income / (loss)            -          -          -          (878)                  72           (806) 
 
 Balance at 30 
  June 2016                139          -     12,691        (1,477)            (15,215)         (3,862) 
 
 Profit and total 
  comprehensive 
  income                     -          -          -          (331)                 126           (205) 
 Share issue 
  on AIM listing            65     12,935          -              -                   -          13,000 
 Cost of issue 
  of equity shares           -    (1,227)          -              -                   -         (1,227) 
 
 Balance at 31 
  December 2016            204     11,708     12,691        (1,808)            (15,089)           7,706 
 
 Profit and total 
  comprehensive 
  income                     -          -          -           (80)                 863             783 
 Proceeds from 
  share issue                1        120          -              -                   -             121 
 
 Balance at 30 
  June 2017                205     11,828     12,691        (1,888)            (14,226)           8,610 
-------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------  -------------  ------------------  -------------- 
 

Unaudited consolidated statement of cash flows for the six months to 30 June 2017

 
                                    Six months   Six months      12 months 
                                            to           to             to 
                                       30 June      30 June    31 December 
 GBP'000                                  2017         2016           2016 
---------------------------------  -----------  -----------  ------------- 
 Net cash flow from operating 
  activities 
 Profit / (loss) before 
  tax                                      507           72          (286) 
 Non-cash adjustments 
   Depreciation and amortisation         1,099          751          1,655 
   Interest payable                          3          448            684 
 Working capital adjustments 
   Increase in trade and 
    other receivables                    (737)        (699)          (706) 
   Increase / (decrease) 
    in trade and other payables          (348)          202          1,468 
   Tax receivable                          856          483            468 
---------------------------------  -----------  -----------  ------------- 
 Cash generated from 
  operations                             1,380        1,257          3,293 
 
 Cash flows from investing 
  activities 
 Purchase of property, 
  plant and equipment                    (202)        (193)          (304) 
 Addition of intangible 
  assets                               (1,845)      (1,230)        (3,211) 
 Net cash used in investing 
  activities                           (2,047)      (1,423)        (3,515) 
---------------------------------  -----------  -----------  ------------- 
 
 Cash flows from financing 
  activities 
 Proceeds of borrowings                      -          778            819 
 Proceeds from share 
  issues                                   121            -          8,500 
 Issue costs in relation 
  to IPO                                     -            -        (1,227) 
 Repayment of loans                      (306)            -        (5,404) 
 Interest and finance 
  fees paid                                (3)          (7)           (21) 
 Finance leases paid                         -            -           (10) 
---------------------------------  -----------  -----------  ------------- 
 Net cash generated by 
  financing activities                   (188)          771          2,657 
---------------------------------  -----------  -----------  ------------- 
 
 Net increase / (decrease) 
  in cash and cash equivalents           (855)          605          2,435 
 
 Cash and cash equivalents 
  brought forward                        2,547          402            402 
 
 Effect of foreign exchange 
  rate changes                            (80)           79          (290) 
 
 Cash and cash equivalents 
  carried forward                        1,612        1,086          2,547 
=================================  ===========  ===========  ============= 
 

Notes to the financial information for the six months ended 30 June 2017

1. General information

LoopUp Group plc (AIM: "LOOP", "LoopUp Group", or the "Group") is a global software-as-a-service ("SaaS") provider of remote meetings. It is a public limited company incorporated and domiciled in England and Wales, with company number 09980752. Its registered office is 78 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8DP.

2. Basis of preparation and significant accounting policies

LoopUp Group plc was incorporated on 1 February 2016. The company acquired the share capital of the trading entity, LoopUp Limited, on 2 August 2016. Therefore, at 30 June 2016, LoopUp Group plc had no trading activity to report, nor had formed a group including LoopUp Limited. The comparative financials for six months ended 30 June 2016 represent the trading results of LoopUp Limited (a company with the same registered address as the LoopUp Group and the registered number 4677393) and its subsidiaries.

These consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with those IFRS standards and IFRIC interpretations issued and effective or issued and early adopted as at the time of preparing these statements (September 2016). This results announcement does not constitute statutory accounts of the Group within the meaning of sections 434(3) and 435(3) of the Companies Act 2006. The balance sheet at 31 December 2016 has been derived from the full Group accounts published in the Annual Report and Accounts 2016, which has been delivered to the Registrar of Companies and on which the report of the independent auditors was unqualified and did not contain a statement under either section 498(2) or section 498(3) of the Companies Act 2006.

The results have been prepared in accordance with the accounting policies set out in the Group's 31 December 2016 statutory accounts, which are based on the recognition and measurement principles of IFRS in issue as adopted by the European Union ("EU"). No changes to accounting policies are expected for the year ending 31 December 2017.

These unaudited interim results have been prepared on a going concern basis. At the balance sheet date, the Group had net cash of GBP1.6m and net assets of GBP8.6m, and as such the Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to continue operations for the next twelve months.

The results for the six months ended 30 June 2017 were approved by the Board on 5 September 2017. A copy of these interim results will be available on the Group's web site www.loopup.com from 6 September 2017.

The principal risks and uncertainties faced by the Group have not changed from those set out in the Annual Report and Accounts 2016.

3. Revenue and segmental reporting

The Directors have identified segments by reference to the principal groups of services offered and the geographical organisation of the business as reported to the chief operating decision maker.

Segmental revenues are external and there are no material transactions between segments.

The main segment is LoopUp Revenue which consists of ongoing contracts to provide customers with access to the LoopUp conferencing platform. The discontinued licencing revenue represented a contract with a single customer in the UK which completed in 2016. This was the only customer which represented more than 10% of revenues in any period.

 
                             Six months   Six months      12 months 
                                     to           to             to 
                                30 June      30 June    31 December 
 GBP'000                           2017         2016           2016 
--------------------------  -----------  -----------  ------------- 
 Analysis of revenue 
  by segment: 
 LoopUp Revenue                   8,651        5,998         12,823 
 Discontinued licencing 
  revenue                             -          384            736 
--------------------------  -----------  -----------  ------------- 
                                  8,651        6,382         13,559 
--------------------------  -----------  -----------  ------------- 
 
 Analysis of gross profit 
  before tax by segment: 
 LoopUp Revenue                   6,647        4,419          9,558 
 Discontinued licencing 
  revenue                             -          384            736 
--------------------------  -----------  -----------  ------------- 
                                  6,647        4,803         10,294 
--------------------------  -----------  -----------  ------------- 
 
 Geographical analysis 
  of total revenue: 
 EU (1)                           3,964        3,631          7,356 
 US                               4,547        2,635          5,952 
 Rest of World                      140          116            251 
--------------------------  -----------  -----------  ------------- 
                                  8,651        6,382         13,559 
--------------------------  -----------  -----------  ------------- 
 
 Geographical analysis 
  of LoopUp Revenue: 
 EU (2)                           3,964        3,247          6,620 
 US                               4,547        2,635          5,952 
 Rest of World                      140          116            251 
--------------------------  -----------  -----------  ------------- 
                                  8,651        5,998         12,823 
--------------------------  -----------  -----------  ------------- 
 
 Geographical analysis 
  of non-current assets: 
 EU                               5,775        2,648          4,897 
 US                                 419          340            351 
 Rest of World                       39           46             37 
--------------------------  -----------  -----------  ------------- 
                                  6,233        3,034          5,285 
--------------------------  -----------  -----------  ------------- 
 

(1) Includes revenue earned in the UK of GBP3,116,000 (H1 2016: GBP2,913,000, FY 2016: GBP5,903,000)

(2) Includes revenue earned in the UK of GBP3,116,000 (H1 2016: GBP2,529,000, FY 2016: GBP5,167,000)

All EU non-current assets reside in the UK

4. Earnings per share

The basic earnings per share is calculated by dividing the net profit attributable to equity holders of the Group by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the year excluding those held in treasury:

 
                                 Six months   Six months      12 months 
                                         to           to             to 
                                    30 June      30 June    31 December 
                                       2017         2016           2016 
------------------------------  -----------  -----------  ------------- 
 Profit attributable to 
  equity holders (GBP'000)              863           72            198 
 
 Weighted average number 
  of ordinary shares in issue 
  ('000)                             40,195       27,740         32,352 
 
 Basic earnings per share 
  (pence)                               2.1          0.3            0.6 
==============================  ===========  ===========  ============= 
 

The diluted earnings per share has been calculated by dividing the net profit attributable to ordinary shareholders by the weighted average number of shares in issue during the year, adjusted for potentially dilutive shares that are not anti-dilutive.

 
                                  Six months   Six months      12 months 
                                          to           to             to 
                                     30 June      30 June    31 December 
                                        2017         2016           2016 
-------------------------------  -----------  -----------  ------------- 
 Weighted average number 
  of ordinary shares in issue 
  ('000)                              40,915       27,740         32,352 
 Adjustments for share options 
  ('000)                               4,290        4,423          4,413 
-------------------------------  -----------  -----------  ------------- 
 Weighted average number 
  of potential ordinary shares 
  in issue ('000)                     45,205       32,163         36,765 
-------------------------------  -----------  -----------  ------------- 
 
 Diluted earnings per share 
  (pence)                                1.9          0.2            0.5 
===============================  ===========  ===========  ============= 
 

5. Dividends

The directors did not recommend the payment of a dividend for the years ended 31 December 2016 or 2015.

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