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Personal Group Holdings PLC Interim Results

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Personal Group Holdings PLC

17 September 2019

 
 17 September 2019 
 

PERSONAL GROUP HOLDINGS PLC

("Personal Group", "Company" or "Group")

Interim Results for the six months ended 30 June 2019

Solid progress in line with management's expectations.

Personal Group Holdings Plc, a leading provider of employee services in the UK, announces its interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2019. The Company has continued to make solid progress, performing in line with management's expectations at the half year.

Highlights

Financial

-- Group revenue rose 42.4% to GBP30.0m (2018: GBP21.1m), including a GBP6.3m increase in transactional spend and commission on Hapi to GBP7.4m (2018: GBP1.1m)

   --      Adjusted EBITDA* down 5.0% to GBP4.5m (2018: GBP4.8m) 
   --      Profit before tax increased 5.6% to GBP4.1m (2018: GBP3.9m) 
   --      Basic EPS of 11.4p (2018: 10.5p), an increase of 8.6% 
   --      Balance sheet remains strong with cash and deposits of GBP19.2m and no debt 

-- Dividends per share paid in the period up 1.3% to 11.65p (2018: 11.50p), maintaining progressive dividend policy

Operational

-- Solid start to the year, with trading in line with management's expectations at the half year

-- Core insurance business continued to perform well, although new client acquisition has been slower than expected

-- Substantial increase in SaaS revenue, growing 341% to GBP8.8m (2018: GBP2.0m) demonstrating increased utilisation of Hapi and volumes generated through reloadable cards and e-vouchers

   --      Strong PG Let's Connect performance generated revenue of GBP5.8m (2018: GBP3.3m) 

-- Successful acquisition of Innecto in February 2019 already benefitting the Group - cross-selling opportunities and 53% growth in new business wins

* Adjusted EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation of intangible assets, goodwill impairment, share-based expense payments, corporate acquisition costs, restructuring costs and the release of tax provisions. This definition applies to all references to Adjusted EBITDA within these interim results. A reconciliation from PBT to this Adjusted EBITDA has been included in Note 3.

Deborah Frost, Chief Executive of Personal Group, commented:

"Personal Group has performed in line with management's expectations during the first half of the year. Recent market testing of our proposition, following my appointment as Chief Executive, has confirmed that our comprehensive offering strongly resonates with our target customers. This, combined with the Company's solid foundation and the evolution of our strategy, assures me of the opportunity for the future growth of the business. The Board remains confident in the long-term outlook and, whilst EBITDA is expected to be reduced as a result of the delayed timing of the launch of the next iteration of Sage Employee Benefits, revenue and reported profit before tax remain in line with market forecasts for the full year."

-S -

For more information please contact:

 
Personal Group Holdings Plc 
Deborah Frost / Mike Dugdale                        +44 (0)1908 605 000 
 
Cenkos Securities Plc 
Max Hartley / Callum Davidson (Nominated Adviser)   +44 (0)20 7397 8900 
Russell Kerr (Sales) 
Hudson Sandler 
Nick Lyon / Toby Andrews                            +44 (0)20 7796 4133 
 

Notes to Editors:

Personal Group Holdings Plc (AIM: PGH) is a technology enabled employee services business, working with employers to drive productivity though better employee engagement and a more motivated workforce. With over 30 years' experience, the Company provides employee benefits and services to a large number of employees across the UK.

Personal Group's offer comprises in-house services, including employee insurance products (hospital, convalescence plans and death benefit), the provision of home technology via salary sacrifice (iPads, computers, laptops, smart phones and smart TVs), the provision of e-payslips, and pay and reward consulting via Innecto, the leading independent UK consultancy acquired in 2019. Third party services include retail discounts, employee assistance programmes, wellbeing programmes and salary sacrifice cars and bikes.

The product offer is provided via the Company's proprietary technology platform, Hapi. The platform is intuitive, designed primarily for app deployment and also accessible via web and tablet, driving better engagement, communication and value recognition. Hapi is flexible and can quickly integrate additional services, such as existing employee services and partner platforms. Hapi is a digital SaaS product.

Through technology and select acquisitions, the Company has grown its addressable market to the majority of the working population in the UK; including 15.6m SME employees targeted via its partnership with Sage, the UK's largest software company.

Personal Group's innovative approach to using technology to deliver its programmes, in combination with its face-to-face method of communicating with employees, delivers a compelling offer to blue-chip clients across the UK as a way of attracting, retaining and motivating employees. The acquisition of Innecto in February 2019 allows Personal Group to engage with clients earlier in their thinking around Pay and Reward, and to interact with a new base of blue-chip and fast growth clients typically at HR Director and CEO level.

Personal Group has a strong client base across a range of sectors including passenger transport, healthcare, logistics and food manufacturing. Clients include: Stagecoach, Four Seasons Health Care, DHL, and 2 Sisters Food Group.

For further information, please see www.personalgroup.com

Interim Results Statement

Introduction

The Group has made a solid start to the year with trading during the six-month period in line with management's expectations and with pre-tax profit up 5.6% on last year. The Company's core insurance business continued to perform well, although new sales have been slower than expected. There was strong performance from both PG Let's Connect, our salary sacrifice business, and Innecto. Revenue from SaaS saw a further strong increase as utilisation of Hapi by customers increased and from the impact of bringing the provisioning of reloadable cards and e-vouchers in house.

The Company continues to deliver on its strategy and has evolved this strategy following the appointment of Deborah Frost as its new Chief Executive. Following the Innecto acquisition, the Company has further breadth and experience from which to draw but will continue to have a focus on further profitable growth across all divisions.

Financial Performance

Group revenue for the six months to 30 June 2019 increased 42.4% to GBP30.0m (2018: GBP21.1m). This increase was driven by a strong performance in the SaaS business, including Innecto, and PG Let's Connect, alongside a slightly weaker performance from the insurance business.

During the period, EBITDA from continuing operations decreased by 5.0% to GBP4.5m (2018: GBP4.8m). This was predominantly driven by increased costs, including in sales and marketing activities.

Profit before tax was up 5.6% to GBP4.1m (2018: GBP3.9m), whilst earnings per share increased 8.6% to 11.4p (2018: 10.5p). During the period the Company maintained its progressive dividend policy, with dividends per share paid up 1.3% to 11.65p (2018: 11.50p). As previously announced, the Company's third dividend for 2019 of 5.825p per share will be paid on 20 September 2019 to members on the register on 9 August 2019.

The Company's balance sheet remained strong with total cash and deposits increasing to GBP19.2m and no debt at the period end.

Business Review

The core insurance division again produced a solid PBT performance with revenue slightly below last year. The slowing down of new business wins over the last 12 months will impact revenue further in the latter part of this year and into 2020. We have invested in front line sales and marketing to address this and recent market testing and benchmarking of our products confirmed that our proposition still strongly resonates.

PG Let's Connect, the Company's salary sacrifice business, had a very encouraging start to the year, with trading significantly ahead of this time last year and in line with management's expectations. The business continues to benefit from Royal Mail's decision to run its salary sacrifice offer to its employees on a continuous basis.

PG Let's Connect remains a Q4 weighted business due to the natural heightened interest in its offer in the run up to Christmas but at this stage we remain positive for the full year. A new proposition for the NHS has been developed and tested with positive feedback, which is encouraging and presents a sizeable market opportunity for the future.

The Company's SaaS business saw a strong first half, with revenues increasing by 341% over the corresponding period last year. This was driven primarily by revenues generated from the users of Hapi spending more through Hapi and the fact that the provision of products such as reloadable cards, e-vouchers and cinema tickets are now serviced largely in house but does also represent a GBP0.5m (53%) increase in paid for subscriptions and consultancy income predominantly as a result of the acquisition of Innecto which has experienced 53% growth in new business wins and 45% increase in pipeline from the comparable period last year.

The relationship with Sage is progressing and the latest campaign to cross-sell into part of their existing client base went live on 2 September, supported by extensive marketing and sales activity. A further launch to potential Sage customers is planned to follow shortly.

Innecto Acquisition

The acquisition of Innecto has been particularly pleasing, not only in delivering its own significant revenue growth but also introducing several new opportunities with cross-selling potential. Innecto has now been well integrated into the wider Group and the Company expects to continue generating growth opportunities that will further strengthen the Group's position as one of the leading comprehensive providers of Employee Services in the UK.

Market

As we progress through 2019, the market for employee benefits remains strong. Looking ahead as a UK centric business we believe that the increased pressure to retain and hire labour and associated costs created by Brexit will reinforce the value of our proposition.

Strategy

Following Deborah's appointment earlier this year, the Company has undergone a review of its strategy and has identified new market areas and opportunities to evolve the existing strategy. As a result, the aspirations of the business are to double EBITDA by 2025 with 1 million users of our Hapi platform.

We intend to grow the insurance business by widening our accessible market to include the 'gig' economy for current and new clients, improving attractiveness of our offer to employers and policyholders and retaining more policyholders for longer.

This is expected to be delivered by disrupting core markets and driving profitable growth by growing the lower cost of acquisition segments with new products and cross-selling across the Group. We intend to increase client / customer penetration and retention across all markets.

We will seek to build a more balanced and broader portfolio that focusses on long-term profit and dividend growth, with less reliance on existing core markets.

Outlook

Personal Group's trading was solid during the first half of the year and in line with management's expectations. Following the recent review of strategy, there will be an increased focus on restoring the insurance business to growth and investment in developing sales opportunities across all areas of business.

Personal Group remains well placed to benefit from the continued growth and development of the employee services market, with the strength of its proprietary technology platform, Hapi, offering a flexible means of distributing owned and third-party products and services to an established, sizeable and growing client base and their employees.

The Board has confidence that whilst EBITDA is anticipated to be reduced, the Group's revenue and reported profit before tax continue to trade in line with expectations for the full year.

 
 Mark Winlow                  Deborah Frost 
  Non-Executive Chairman    Chief Executive 
 
 17 September 2019 
 

Consolidated Income Statement

 
                                                             6 months                     6 months 
                                                                ended                        ended 
                                                         30 June 2019                 30 June 2018 
                                                            Unaudited                    Unaudited 
                                             Note             GBP'000                      GBP'000 
 
 
Gross premiums written                                         15,311                       15,795 
Outward reinsurance premiums                                    (100)                        (117) 
Change in unearned premiums                                      (45)                         (59) 
Change in reinsurers' share of 
 unearned premiums                                               (10)                          (8) 
                                                           (________)                   (________) 
Earned premiums net of reinsurance                             15,156                       15,611 
 
Other insurance related income                                    100                          120 
IT salary sacrifice income                                      5,830                        3,264 
SaaS income                                                     8,834                        2,004 
Other non-insurance income                                         51                           58 
Investment income                                                  59                           32 
                                                           (________)                   (________) 
Revenue                                                        30,030                       21,089 
                                                           (________)                   (________) 
 
Claims incurred                                               (3,397)                      (3,730) 
Insurance operating expenses                                  (8,290)                      (7,665) 
Other insurance related expenses                                 (60)                        (106) 
IT salary sacrifice expenses                                  (5,637)                      (3,570) 
SaaS costs                                                    (8,547)                      (1,602) 
Other non-insurance expenses                                    (177)                            - 
Share-based payment expenses                                      (9)                         (76) 
Charitable donations                                             (50)                         (50) 
Amortisation of intangible assets                               (252)                        (336) 
                                                           (________)                   (________) 
Expenses                                                     (26,242)                     (17,135) 
                                                           (________)                   (________) 
 
Operating profit                                                3,611                        3,954 
Finance costs                                                    (68)                         (72) 
Release of Provision                          12                  542                            - 
Share of profit/(loss) of equity-accounted 
 investee net of tax                                                7                          (8) 
                                                           (________)                   (________) 
Profit before tax                                               4,092                        3,874 
Tax                                           4                 (547)                        (646) 
                                                           (________)                   (________) 
Profit for the period after tax                                 3,545                        3,228 
                                                           (________)                   (________) 
Total comprehensive income for 
 the period                                                     3,545                        3,228 
                                                           (________)                   (________) 
 
 
Earnings per share     Pence  Pence 
Basic                   11.4   10.5 
Diluted                 11.4   10.3 
 

The total comprehensive income for the period is attributable to equity holders of Personal Group Holdings Plc.

Consolidated Balance Sheet

 
                                                  At            At 
                                        30 June 2019   31 Dec 2018 
                                           Unaudited       Audited 
 
                                 Note        GBP'000       GBP'000 
 ASSETS 
 Non-current assets 
 Goodwill                         6           12,616        10,575 
 Intangible assets                7            1,233           500 
 Property, plant and equipment    8            6,190         6,040 
 Investment property                             130           130 
 Deferred tax asset                               14             - 
                                           (_______)    (________) 
                                              20,183        17,245 
                                          (________)    (________) 
Current assets 
 Financial assets                 9            2,792         2,530 
 Trade and other receivables                   9,996        16,532 
 Equity-accounted investee        11              58            50 
 Reinsurance assets                              138           187 
 Inventories                                     902           643 
 Cash and cash equivalents                    16,399        15,148 
                                          (________)    (________) 
                                              30,285        35,090 
                                          (________)    (________) 
 Total assets                                 50,468        52,335 
                                          (________)    (________) 
 
 
 

Consolidated Balance Sheet

 
                                                        At            At 
                                              30 June 2019   31 Dec 2018 
                                                 Unaudited       Audited 
                                      Note         GBP'000       GBP'000 
 
EQUITY 
 
Equity attributable to equity 
 holders of Personal Group Holdings 
 plc 
Share capital                                        1,561         1,544 
Share premium                                        1,134             - 
Capital redemption reserve                              24            24 
Other reserve                                        (225)         (210) 
Profit and loss reserve                             33,888        33,937 
                                                (________)    (________) 
Total equity                                        36,382        35,295 
                                                (________)    (________) 
 
 
LIABILITIES 
Non-current liabilities 
Deferred tax liabilities                      -         102 
Trade and other payables                    403         356 
 
Current liabilities 
Provisions                       12         717       1,259 
Trade and other payables                 10,148      12,233 
Insurance contract liabilities            2,180       2,376 
Current tax liabilities                     638         714 
                                     (________)  (________) 
                                         13,683      16,582 
                                     (________)  (________) 
 
                                     (________)  (________) 
Total liabilities                        14,086      17,040 
                                     (________)  (________) 
 
                                     (________)  (________) 
Total equity and liabilities             50,468      52,335 
                                     (________)  (________) 
 

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity for the six months ended 30 June 2019

 
                                                          Capital                    Profit 
                                 Share        Share    redemption        Other       & loss        Total 
                               capital      Premium       reserve      reserve      reserve       equity 
                               GBP'000      GBP'000       GBP'000      GBP'000      GBP'000      GBP'000 
 
 Balance as at 1 January 
  2019                           1,544            -            24        (210)       33,937       35,295 
                            (________)   (________)    (________)   (________)   (________)   (________) 
 Dividends                           -            -             -            -      (3,613)      (3,613) 
 Employee share-based 
  compensation                       -            -             -            -            9            9 
 Proceeds of SIP* share 
  sales                              -            -             -            -           38           38 
 Cost of SIP shares 
  sold                               -            -             -           28         (28)            - 
 Cost of SIP shares 
  purchased                          -            -             -         (43)            -         (43) 
 Purchase of new shares             17        1,134             -            -            -        1,151 
                            (________)   (________)    (________)   (________)   (________)   (________) 
 Transactions with 
  owners                            17        1,134             -         (15)      (3,594)      (2,458) 
                            (________)   (________)    (________)   (________)   (________)   (________) 
 Profit for the period               -            -             -            -        3,545        3,545 
                            (________)   (________)    (________)   (________)   (________)   (________) 
 Total comprehensive 
  income for the period              -            -             -            -        3,545        3,545 
                            (________)   (________)     (_______)    (_______)    (_______)    (_______) 
 Balance as at 30 June 
  2019                           1,561        1,134            24        (225)       33,888       36,382 
                            (________)   (________)    (________)   (________)   (________)   (________) 
 

* PG Share Ownership Plan (SIP)

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity for the six months ended 30 June 2018

 
                                                             Available 
                                                  Capital     for sale                    Profit 
                                      Share    redemption    financial        Other       & loss        Total 
                                    capital       reserve       assets      reserve      reserve       equity 
                                    GBP'000       GBP'000      GBP'000      GBP'000      GBP'000      GBP'000 
 
 Balance as at 1 January 
  2018                                1,540            24           85        (310)       32,417       33,756 
 Adjustment on initial 
  adoption of IFRS 9                      -             -         (85)            -           85            - 
 Restated balance as 
  at 1 January 2018                   1,540            24            -        (310)       32,502       33,756 
                                 (________)    (________)   (________)   (________)   (________)   (________) 
 Dividends                                -             -            -            -      (3,541)      (3,541) 
 Employee share-based 
  compensation                            -             -            -            -           53           53 
 Proceeds of SIP* share 
  sales                                   -             -            -            -           32           32 
 Cost of SIP shares sold                  -             -            -           40         (40)            - 
 Cost of SIP shares purchased             -             -            -         (25)            -         (25) 
 Nominal value of LTIP** 
  shares issued                           4             -            -            -          (4)            - 
                                 (________)    (________)   (________)   (________)   (________)   (________) 
 Transactions with owners                 4             -            -           15      (3,500)      (3,481) 
                                 (________)    (________)   (________)   (________)   (________)   (________) 
 Profit for the year                      -             -            -            -        3,228        3,228 
 
 Balance as at 30 June 
  2018                                1,544            24            -        (295)       32,230       33,503 
                                 (________)    (________)   (________)   (________)   (________)   (________) 
 

* PG Share Ownership Plan (SIP)

** Long Term Incentive Plan (LTIP)

Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

 
                                                  6 months                     6 months 
                                                     ended                        ended 
                                              30 June 2019                 30 June 2018 
                                                 Unaudited                    Unaudited 
                                                   GBP'000                      GBP'000 
 
Net cash from operating activities (see 
 opposite)                                           7,301                        5,009 
                                                  (______)                     (______) 
Investing activities 
Additions to property, plant and equipment           (420)                         (90) 
Additions to intangible assets                        (56)                         (46) 
Proceeds from disposal of property, plant 
 and equipment                                          45                           67 
Purchase of financial assets                         (262)                        (874) 
Proceeds from disposal of financial assets               -                          994 
Interest received                                       43                           30 
Dividends received                                       -                            8 
Payment on acquisition of Innecto, net 
 of cash acquired                                  (2,714)                            - 
                                                  (______)                     (______) 
Net cash from investing activities                 (3,364)                           89 
                                                  (______)                     (______) 
Financing activities 
Purchase of own shares by the SIP                     (10)                         (25) 
Proceeds from disposal of own shares 
 by the SIP                                             15                           32 
Payment of lease liabilities                         (229)                        (182) 
Dividends paid                                     (3,613)                      (3,541) 
Share issue                                          1,151                            - 
                                                  (______)                     (______) 
Net cash used in financing activities              (2,686)                      (3,716) 
                                                  (______)                     (______) 
Net change in cash and cash equivalents              1,251                        1,382 
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning 
 of period                                          15,148                       12,641 
                                                 (_______)                    (_______) 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period            16,399                       14,023 
                                                (________)                   (________) 
 

Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

 
                                                         6 months                  6 months 
                                                            ended                     ended 
                                                     30 June 2019              30 June 2018 
                                                        Unaudited                 Unaudited 
                                                          GBP'000                   GBP'000 
Operating activities 
Profit after tax                                            3,545                     3,228 
Adjustment for: 
Depreciation                                                  460                       396 
Amortisation of intangible assets                             252                       336 
Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment              57                         - 
Realised and unrealised net investment losses 
 / (profits)                                                    -                        21 
Interest received                                            (43)                      (30) 
Dividends received                                              -                       (8) 
Interest charge                                                68                        72 
Share of (profit)/loss of equity-accounted 
 investee, net of tax                                         (7)                         8 
Share-based payment expenses                                    9                        53 
Taxation expense recognised in income statement               547                       646 
 
Changes in working capital: 
Trade and other receivables                                 7,033                     5,746 
Trade and other payables                                  (3,108)                   (4,957) 
Provisions                                                  (542)                         - 
Inventories                                                 (259)                       184 
Taxes paid                                                  (711)                     (686) 
                                                       (________)                (________) 
Net cash from operating activities                          7,301                     5,009 
                                                       (________)                (________) 
 

Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

   1          General information 

The principal activities of Personal Group Holdings Plc ('the Company') and subsidiaries (together 'the Group') include transacting short-term accident and health insurance and providing employee services in the UK.

The Company is a limited liability company incorporated and domiciled in England. The address of its registered office is John Ormond House, 899 Silbury Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 3XL.

The Company is listed on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange.

The condensed consolidated financial statements do not include all the information required for full annual financial statements and should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements of the Group for the year ended 31 December 2018.

The financial information for the year ended 31 December 2018 set out in this interim report does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. The statutory financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2018 have been filed with the Registrar of Companies. The auditor's report on those financial statements was unqualified and did not contain a statement under Section 498 (2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

These interim financial statements are unaudited and have not been reviewed by the auditors under International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410.

These consolidated interim financial statements have been approved for issue by the board of directors on 16 September 2019.

   2          Accounting policies 

These June 2019 interim consolidated financial statements of Personal Group Holdings Plc are for the six months ended 30 June 2019. These interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting.

They do not include all the information required for a complete set of IFRS financial statements. However, selected explanatory notes are included to explain events and transactions that are significant to an understanding of the changes in the Group's financial position and performance since the last annual consolidated financial statements as at and for the year ended 31 December 2018.

These financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IFRS standards and IFRIC interpretations as adopted by the EU, issued and effective as at 30 June 2019.

The principal accounting policies remain unchanged from the year ended 31 December 2018. No new standards have become applicable for accounting periods commencing on or after 1 January 2019.

Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

   3          Segment analysis 

The segments used by management to review the operations of the business are disclosed below.

   1)         Core Insurance 

Personal Assurance Plc (PA), a subsidiary within the Group, is a PRA regulated general insurance company and is authorised to transact accident and sickness insurance. It was established in 1984 and has been underwriting business since 1985. In 1997 Personal Group Holdings Plc (PGH) was created and became the ultimate parent undertaking of the Group.

Personal Assurance (Guernsey) Limited (PAGL), a subsidiary within the Group, is regulated by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission and has been underwriting death benefit policies since March 2015.

This operating segment derives the majority of its revenue from the underwriting by PA and PAGL of insurance policies that have been bought by employees of host companies via bespoke benefit programmes.

   2)         IT Salary Sacrifice 

IT salary sacrifice refers to the trade of PG Let's Connect, a salary-sacrifice technology company purchased in 2014.

   3)         SaaS 

Revenue in this segment relates to the annual subscription income and other related income arising from the licensing of Hapi, the Group's employee benefit platform. This includes sales to both the large corporate and SME sectors. Also included in this segment, from 1 March 2019, is consultancy and license income derived from selling Innecto digital platform subscriptions.

   4)          Other 

The other operating segment consists of revenue generated by Berkeley Morgan Group (BMG) and its subsidiary undertakings along with any investment and rental income obtained by the Group.

During the period, the allocation of costs within the operating segments has been amended in order to offer a clearer and more representative view of the performance of the relevant areas of the business.

Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

The revenue and net result generated by each of the Group's operating segments are summarised as follows,

 
Operating segments                                     IT Salary 
                                     Core Insurance    Sacrifice         SaaS           Other             Total 
                                            GBP'000      GBP'000      GBP'000         GBP'000           GBP'000 
 
6 months to June 2019 
 
Earned premiums net of reinsurance           15,151            -            5               -            15,156 
Other insurance related income                    1            -            -              99               100 
Non-insurance related income - 
 IT Salary Sacrifice                              -        5,830            -               -             5,830 
Non-insurance related income - 
 Platform                                         -            -        1,425               -             1,425 
Non-insurance related income - 
 Transactional and commission                     -            -        7,409               -             7,409 
Non-insurance related income - 
 Other                                            -            -            -              51                51 
Investment income                                 -            -            -              59                59 
 
                                        (_________)  (_________)  (_________)     (_________)       (_________) 
                                             15,152        5,830        8,839             209            30,030 
Total revenue                           (_________)  (_________)  (_________)     (_________)       (_________) 
 
Net result for period before tax              3,378      101            152               461             4,092 
PG Let's Connect - amortisation 
 of intangibles                                   -           53            -               -                53 
Interest                                         48           14            6               -                68 
Share-based payment expenses                      -            -            -               9                 9 
Provision release                                 -            -            -           (542)             (542) 
Acquisition costs                                 -            -            -             177               177 
Depreciation                                    394           57            4               5               460 
Amortisation (other)                             39           27          133               -               199 
 
Adjusted EBITDA                               3,859         252         295               110             4,516 
                                        (_________)  (_________)  (_________)     (_________)       (_________) 
Segment assets                               26,282        6,672        2,971          14,543            50,468 
                                        (_________)  (_________)  (_________)     (_________)       (_________) 
Segment liabilities                           7,630        3,400        2,853             203            14,086 
                                        (_________)  (_________)  (_________)     (_________)       (_________) 
Depreciation and amortisation                   433          137          137               5               712 
                                        (_________)  (_________)  (_________)     (_________)       (_________) 
 
 

Of the above, GBP8,000 of SaaS income has been generated from customers based in the EU. All other income is derived from customers that are based in the UK.

Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

 
 
                                                        IT Salary 
                                     Core Insurance     Sacrifice         SaaS        Other        Total 
Operating segments                          GBP'000       GBP'000      GBP'000      GBP'000      GBP'000 
 
6 months to June 2018 
 
Earned premiums net of reinsurance           15,607             -            4            -       15,611 
Other insurance related income                  (2)             -            -          122          120 
Non-insurance related income 
 - IT Salary Sacrifice                            -         3,264            -            -        3,264 
Non-insurance related income 
 - Platform                                       -             -          932            -          932 
Non-insurance related income 
 - Transactional and commission                   -             -        1,072            -        1,072 
Non-insurance related income 
 - Other                                          -             -            -           58           58 
Investment income                                 -             -            -           32           32 
 
                                        (_________)   (_________)  (_________)  (_________)  (_________) 
Total revenue                                15,605         3,264        2,008          212       21,089 
                                        (_________)   (_________)  (_________)  (_________)  (_________) 
 
Net result for period before 
 tax                                          4,160         (515)        257           (28)        3,874 
PG Let's Connect - amortisation 
 of intangibles                                   -           165            -            -          165 
Interest                                         54            14            4            -           72 
Share-based payment expenses                      -             -            -           76           76 
Depreciation                                    337            51            4            4          396 
Amortisation (other)                             72            29           71            -          172 
 
Adjusted EBITDA                               4,623         (256)       336              52        4,755 
                                        (_________)   (_________)  (_________)  (_________)  (_________) 
Segment assets                               25,197         6,051        1,269       12,730       45,247 
                                        (_________)   (_________)  (_________)  (_________)  (_________) 
Segment liabilities                           6,668         3,710        1,188          178       11,744 
                                        (_________)   (_________)  (_________)  (_________)  (_________) 
Depreciation and amortisation                   409           245           75            4          733 
                                        (_________)   (_________)  (_________)  (_________)  (_________) 
 
 

All income is derived from customers that are based in the UK.

Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

   4          Taxation 

The tax expense recognised is based on the weighted average annual tax rate expected for the full financial year multiplied by management's best estimate of the taxable profit of the interim reporting period.

The Group's consolidated effective tax rate in respect of continuing operations for the six-month period ended 30 June 2019 was 13.4% (six-month period ended 30 June 2018: 16.7%).

   5          Earnings per share and dividends 

The weighted average numbers of outstanding shares used for basic and diluted earnings per share are as follows:

 
          6 months ended     EPS  6 months ended     EPS 
            30 June 2019   Pence    30 June 2018   Pence 
 
Basic         31,064,583    11.4      30,785,383    10.5 
          --------------  ------  --------------  ------ 
Diluted       31,064,583    11.4      31,205,704    10.3 
          --------------  ------  --------------  ------ 
 

During the first six months of 2019 Personal Group Holdings Plc paid dividends of GBP3,613,000 to its equity shareholders (2018: GBP3,541,000). This represents a payment of 11.65p per share (2018: 11.50p).

 
                                                       6 months ended            6 months ended 
                                                         30 June 2019              30 June 2018 
                                                              GBP'000                   GBP'000 
 
Dividends paid or provided for 
 during the period                                              3,613                     3,541 
                                                              (_____)                   (_____) 
 
 
   6         Goodwill 
 
                                              PG Let's          Innecto*             Total 
                                               Connect 
                                               GBP'000           GBP'000           GBP'000 
 Cost 
 At 1 January 2019                              10,575                 -            10,575 
 Additions in the year                               -             2,041             2,041 
                                            (________)        (________) 
                                             _________           _______        (________) 
 At 30 June 2019                                10,575             2,041            12,616 
                                            (________)        (________) 
                                             _________         _________        (________) 
 Amortisation and impairment 
 At 1 January 2019                                   -                 -                 - 
 Impairment charge for year                          -                 -                 - 
                                            (________)        (________)        (________) 
                                             _________         _________         _________ 
 At 30 June 2019                                     -                 -                 - 
                                            (________)        (________)        (________) 
 Net book value at 30 June 2019                 10,575             2,041            12,616 
                                            (________)        (________)        (________) 
 Net book value at 31 December 2018             10,575                 -            10,575 
                                            (________)        (________)        (________) 
 

* See Note 13 for further details

Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

   7        Intangible assets 
 
                                                                                        Internally 
                                                           Computer     Other Innecto    Generated 
                                  Customer                 software       Intangibles     Computer 
                                     Value          and development                       Software               Total 
                                   GBP'000                  GBP'000           GBP'000      GBP'000             GBP'000 
 Cost 
 At 1 January 2019                   1,648                      855                 -          506               3,009 
 Acquisition                           471                        -               458            -                 929 
 Additions                               -                       56                 -            -                  56 
 Disposals                               -                     (25)                 -            -                (25) 
                                (________)               (________)        (________)   (________)          (________) 
 At 30 June 2019                     2,119                      886               458          506               3,969 
                                (________)               (________)        (________)   (________)          (________) 
 Amortisation 
 At 1 January 2019                   1,595                      602                 -          312               2,509 
 Acquisition                             -                        -                 -            -                   - 
 Provided in the period                 84                       53                31           84                 252 
 Disposals in the period                 -                    (25)                  -            -               (25) 
                                (________)               (________)        (________)   (________)          (________) 
 At 30 June 2019                     1,679                      630                31          396               2,736 
                                (________)               (________)        (________)   (________)          (________) 
 Net book amount at 30 June 
  2019                                 440                      256               427          110               1,233 
                                (________)               (________)        (________)   (________)          (________) 
 Net book amount at 31 
  December 
  2018                                  53                      253                 -          194                 500 
                                (________)               (________)        (________)   (________)          (________) 
 
   8          Property, plant and equipment 
 
                   Freehold      Motor     Computer    Furniture   Leasehold      Right       WIP Assets     Total 
                    land and    vehicles   equipment    fixtures    improve-      of use 
                   properties                          & fittings    ments        Assets 
                    GBP'000     GBP'000    GBP'000      GBP'000     GBP'000      GBP'000       GBP'000      GBP'000 
Cost 
At 1 January 
 2019                   5,478        213         716        1,022         38           1,088         844         9,399 
Acquisition                 -          -          13            -          -               -           -            13 
Additions                   -          -          44           14          -             285         362           705 
Disposals                   -      (110)        (13)            -          -            (81)           -         (204) 
Transfers                  44          -        (37)        1,199          -               -     (1,206)             - 
                     (______)   (______)    (______)     (______)   (______)        (______)    (______)      (______) 
At 30 June 2019         5,522        103         723        2,235         38           1,292           -         9,913 
                     (______)   (______)    (______)     (______)   (______)        (______)    (______)      (______) 
Depreciation 
At 1 January 
 2019                   1,694        115         536          640         22             352           -         3,359 
Acquisition                 -          -           5            -          -               -           -             5 
Provided in the 
 period                    47         12          65          121          3             212           -           460 
Disposals                   -       (59)         (6)            -          -            (36)           -         (101) 
                     (______)   (______)    (______)     (______)   (______)        (______)    (______)      (______) 
At 30 June 2019         1,741         68         600          761         25             528           -         3,723 
                     (______)   (______)    (______)     (______)   (______)        (______)    (______)      (______) 
Net book amount 
 at 
 30 June 2019           3,781         35         123        1,474         13             764           -         6,190 
                     (______)   (______)    (______)     (______)   (______)        (______)    (______)      (______) 
Net book amount 
 at 
 31 December 
 2018                   3,784         98         180          382         16             736         844         6,040 
                     (______)   (______)    (______)     (______)   (______)        (______)    (______)      (______) 
 

Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

   9   Financial Investments 
 
                   At 30 June   At 31 December 
                         2019             2018 
                    Unaudited          Audited 
                      GBP'000          GBP'000 
 Bank deposits          2,792            2,530 
                   (________)       (________) 
                        2,792            2,530 
                  (_________)      (_________) 
 

IFRS 13 Fair Value Measurement establishes a fair value hierarchy that categorises into three levels the inputs to valuation techniques used to measure fair value. The fair value hierarchy gives the highest priority to quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets or liabilities (Level 1 inputs) and the lowest priority to unobservable inputs (Level 3 inputs)

-- Level 1: quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets or liabilities

-- Level 2: inputs other than quoted prices included within Level 1 that are observable for the

asset or   liability, either directly (i.e. as prices) or indirectly (i.e. derived from prices) 

-- Level 3: inputs for the asset or liability that are not based on observable market data (unobservable

input).

Bank deposits, held at amortised cost, are due within 6 months and the amortised cost is a reasonable approximation of the fair value. These would be included within Level 2 of the fair value hierarchy.

   10         Long Term Incentive Plan (LTIP) 

LTIP2

LTIP2 is designed to reward Directors and certain other senior employees in a way that aligns the interests of LTIP participants with the interests of shareholders, as well as with the Group's long-term strategic plan. LTIP2 is based on Market Capitalisation and becomes reward bearing as Company Market Capitalisation exceeds GBP183.7m. It also has a yearly EPS performance criterion through its life which can be adjusted by the Remuneration Committee.

No awards have been made under this scheme to date.

Under the LTIP2 incentive arrangements 36,000 employee shareholder status shares in Personal Group Limited were awarded during 2015 (ESS Shares). Participants had immediate PAYE and NIC charges on the associated UK tax-market value of the ESS Shares. A further 4,000 shares are available for allocation.

The ESS Shares are split equally into four classes, namely A, B, C and D shares, each of which carry a put option which allows the participants to exchange their ESS Shares for Personal Group Holdings Plc ordinary shares in tranches on reaching or exceeding the hurdles of market capitalisation and Annual EPS. Awards can be made annually starting in March 2017 (A shares) through to March 2020 (D shares) based on market capitalisation growth of the Company up to a market capitalisation of GBP350m and upon achieving the Annual EPS growth targets. The awards will be paid out as 20%, 40%, 70% and 100% cumulatively of the eligible share of growth in market capitalisation for A, B, C and D shares respectively.

An amount of GBP9,000 (2018: GBP54,500) has been charged to the profit and loss account in the six months ended 30 June 2019 for this scheme, based on the fair values determined by using a Log-normal Monte-Carlo stochastic model. Significant inputs to the model include the closing share price at grant date, a risk-free rate of return of 1.32%, a dividend yield of 4.49% and a share price volatility of 15.78%. 10,000 iterations of the model were run to accurately represent the log-normal nature of returns to equity investments. The corresponding credit is taken to equity. No liabilities were recognised as this is an equity settled share-based payment.

In addition to the charges above any related employer's national insurance charge has been classified as share-based payment expenses on the face of the profit and loss account.

Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

   11         Equity-accounted investment 

During 2004 the Company entered into a joint venture agreement with Abbeygate Developments Limited to construct a freehold joint office and residential property development on land adjacent to John Ormond House. A joint venture company called Abbeygate Developments (Marlborough Gate 2) Limited was established to construct the property.

This Company is owned equally by Personal Group Holdings Plc and Abbeygate Developments Limited.

During 2018, the property was sold to a third party. The joint venture no longer has any principal trade and is due to be liquidated in 2019. Following the sale of the joint venture, dividends of GBP750,000 were paid to both owners and further dividends are expected in the second half of 2019 prior to the liquidation of the Company.

The profit and loss account and balance sheet for this joint venture company are as follows:

 
Profit and loss account                       6 months ended                6 months ended             12 months ended 
                                                30 June 2019                  30 June 2018                 31 Dec 2018 
                                                   Unaudited                     Unaudited                     Audited 
                                                     GBP'000                       GBP'000                     GBP'000 
 
Profit on disposal of property                             -                             -                         418 
Rent receivable                                            -                            30                          44 
Administration expenses                                   15                        (46)                          (57) 
                                                  (________)                    (________)                  (________) 
Profit / (Loss) on ordinary activities 
 before taxation                                          15                         (16)                          405 
Tax on profit/loss on ordinary activities                  -                             -                        (77) 
                                                  (________)                    (________)                  (________) 
Profit / (Loss) for the financial 
 period retained                                          15                         (16)                          328 
                                                  (________)                    (________)                  (________) 
Personal Group Holdings share of 
 profit / (loss)                                           7                           (8)                         164 
                                                  (________)                    (________)                  (________) 
 
 
 
Balance sheet                           At 30 June 2019  At 30 June 2018  At 31 Dec 2018 
                                              Unaudited        Unaudited         Audited 
                                                GBP'000          GBP'000         GBP'000 
Current assets 
Inventories                                           -            1,078               - 
Debtors                                             194              239             188 
                                             (________)       (________)      (________) 
                                                    194            1,317             188 
 
Creditors: amounts falling due within 
 one year                                          (79)             (61)            (88) 
                                             (________)       (________)      (________) 
Net current assets                                  115            1,256             100 
                                             (________)       (________)      (________) 
Capital and reserves 
Called up share capital                               -                -               - 
Profit and loss account                             115            1,256             100 
                                             (________)       (________)      (________) 
Shareholders' funds                                 115            1,256             100 
                                             (________)       (________)      (________) 
Personal Group Holdings' share of 
 net assets                                          58              628              50 
                                             (________)       (________)      (________) 
 

Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

   12         Provisions 

As at 30 June 2019, the PG Let's Connect PAYE tax provision has been reduced to GBP717,000, which represents the directors' best estimate of the potential amount payable to HMRC. The movement in the period has been summarised below;

 
                                              PG Let's Connect 
2019                                                      PAYE 
                                                       GBP'000 
 
At 1 January 2019                                        1,259 
Movement in provisions credited to income 
 statement                                               (542) 
Utilised during the year                                     - 
                                                    (________) 
At 31 June 2019                                            717 
                                                    (________) 
 
 
                                                   PG Let's Connect 
2018                                                      PAYE 
                                                                GBP'000 
 
At 1 January 2018                                                 1,905 
Movement in provisions credited to income 
 statement                                                        (646) 
Utilised during the year                                              - 
                                                             (________) 
At 31 December 2018                                               1,259 
                                                             (________) 
 

The previous directors of PG Let's Connect have provided assurance that, should any liability arise, they will honour any amounts due, however, as no legal agreement is in place for this, the directors have held the provision on the balance sheet. No payments have been made to HMRC during 2019 in respect of these schemes (2018: GBPnil), however, the Company is aware that these schemes are currently in the final settlement stages and the final position on them is expected to be known by the year end.

   13         Acquisition of Innecto 

Summary of acquisition

On 28 February 2019, the Group acquired 100% of the issued share capital of Innecto People Consulting Limited, a leading UK independent pay and reward consultancy. The acquisition has increased the Group's offering in the employee benefits market and complements the Group's existing SaaS division.

Subject to audit and external review, details of the purchase consideration, the net assets acquired, and goodwill are as follows:

 
                                        2019 
                                     GBP'000 
 
Purchase consideration 
Cash paid                              3,189 
                               (_____--____) 
Total purchase consideration           3,189 
                                 (_________) 
 

Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

The assets and liabilities recognised as a result of the acquisition are as follows:

 
                                                           Fair Value 
                                                                GBP'000 
 
Intangible assets - Customer relationships                          471 
Intangible assets - Technology platforms                            232 
Intangible assets - Innecto trade name                              160 
Intangible assets - Technology trademarks                            42 
Intangible assets - Innecto website                                  24 
Tangible fixed assets                                                 8 
Cash                                                                475 
Trade debtors                                                       420 
Other debtors                                                        11 
Trade creditors                                                   (29) 
Other creditors and accruals                                    (508) 
Deferred income                                                 (185) 
Deferred tax                                                         27 
                                                               (______) 
Net identifiable assets acquired                                  1,148 
                                                               (______) 
 
Goodwill                                                          2,041 
 
                                                               (______) 
Net assets acquired                                               3,189 
                                                               (______) 
 

The goodwill is attributable to the workforce, the high profitability of the acquired business and the future synergies expected within the wider SaaS business of the Group. It will not be deductible for tax purposes.

There were no acquisitions in the year ending 31 December 2018.

Acquired Receivables

The fair value of acquired trade receivables is GBP420,000. The gross contractual amount for trade receivables due is GBP431,000, of which GBP11,000 is expected to be uncollectible.

Revenue and Profit Contribution

The acquired business contributed revenues of GBP581,000 and net profit of GBP111,000 to the Group for the period from 1 March to 30 June 2019. If the acquisition had occurred on 1 January 2019, the Group's consolidated pro-forma revenue and profit for the 6 months ended 30 June 2019 would have been GBP30,353,000 and GBP3,657,000 respectively.

These amounts have been calculated using the subsidiary's results and adjusting them for:

   -       differences in the accounting policies between the Group and the subsidiary, and 

- the additional depreciation and amortisation that would have been charged assuming the fair value adjustments to property, plant and equipment and intangible assets had applied from 1 January 2019, together with the consequential tax effects.

Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

Purchase Consideration - Cash Outflow

 
                                                   2019      2018 
                                                GBP'000   GBP'000 
 
Cash consideration paid                           3,189         - 
Less: Cash balances acquired                      (475)         - 
                                             (________)  (______) 
Net outflow of cash - investing activities        2,714         - 
                                             (________)  (______) 
 

Acquisition-related costs

In the period, acquisition-related costs of GBP177,000 that were not directly attributable to the issue of shares are included as acquisition costs in segmental analysis and in operating cash flows in the statement of cash flows.

   14         Financial calendar for the year ending 31 December 2019 

The Company announces the following dates in its financial calendar for the year ending 31 December 2019:

-- Preliminary results for the year ending 31 December 2019 - March 2020

-- Publication of Report and Accounts for 2019 - March 2020

   --      AGM 
  -           April 2020 

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