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RTC Group PLC Interim Results

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RTC Group PLC

23 July 2020

This announcement contains inside information as stipulated under The Market Abuse Regulation (EU No. 596/2014).

23 July 2020

RTC Group Plc

("RTC", "the Company" or "the Group")

Interim Results for the Six Months Ended 30 June 2020

RTC Group Plc (AIM: RTC.L), the engineering and technical recruitment Group, is pleased to announce its unaudited results for the six months ended 30 June 2020.

Summary:

   --           Group revenue from continuing operations was GBP40m (2019: GBP46m); 
   --           Profit from operations was GBP0.3m (2019: GBP0.8m); 
   --           Net cash inflow from operating activities GBP4.3m (2019: GBP1.1m); 
   --           Basic earnings per share 1.20p (2019: 3.86p) 

No dividends were paid in the period (2019: GBP362,780). At this time, no interim dividend is proposed for the year ended 31 December 2020 (2019: GBP199,734).

Commenting on the results, Bill Douie, Chairman, said:

" I am particularly pleased to be able to report that our Group has managed to navigate its way successfully through an extraordinarily difficult six months and, despite an immediate drop in revenue across all our UK business streams due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have managed to deliver a modest first half profit and a significantly improved cash position. Cash generation in the period has principally benefitted from reduced working capital requirements through a combination of reduced revenues, accelerated payment terms from a key supplier and taking advantage of the Coronavirus VAT deferral Scheme.

I believe our strategy of concentrating on supporting activities in public and regulated sectors (infrastructure and railway transportation) and providing contract workers vital to the country's long-term infrastructure development plans is proving sound during these very difficult times. I see it as encouraging for the future prospects of the Group.

I am very proud of all of our hard-working employees who have shown exemplary commitment and spirit during these extremely challenging times and I believe we enter a demanding second six months with undiluted strength and determination to the credit of all concerned.

Given the ongoing uncertainties surrounding the impact of the pandemic, a further update on trading will be provided towards the end of the year."

The interim report is available on the Company's website www.rtcgroupplc.co.uk .

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Enquiries:

 
  RTC Group Plc                                                           Tel: 0133 286 1835 
  Bill Douie, Chairman, Andy Pendlebury, 
   Chief Executive 
  www.rtcgroupplc.co.uk 
  SPARK Advisory Partners Limited (Nominated                 Tel: 0203 368 3550 
   Adviser) 
   Matt Davis / James Keeshan 
   www.Sparkadvisorypartners.com 
  Whitman Howard Limited (Broker)                                        Tel: 020 7659 1234 
   Nick Lovering 
   www.Whitman-howard.com 
 
 

About RTC

RTC Group Plc is an AIM listed business that focuses on white and blue-collar recruitment, providing temporary and permanent labour to a broad range of industries and customers in both domestic and international markets through its geographically defined operating divisions.

UK division

Through its Ganymede and ATA Recruitment brands the Group provides a wide range of recruitment services in the UK.

Ganymede specialise in recruiting technical and engineering talent and providing complete workforce solutions to help build and maintain infrastructure and transportation for a wide range of UK and international clients. Ganymede is a market leader in providing a diverse range of people solutions to the rail, energy, construction, highways and transportation sectors. With offices strategically located across the country, Ganymede provides its clients with the benefit of a national network of skilled personnel combined with local expertise.

ATA Recruitment provide technical recruitment solutions to the manufacturing, engineering and technology sectors. Working as an engineering recruitment partner supporting businesses across the UK. ATA Recruitment has a strong track record of attracting and recruiting engineering talent for our clients. ATA's regional offices which are strategically located in Leicester and Leeds each have dedicated market-experts to ensure ATA delivers excellence to both our clients and candidates.

International division

Through its GSS brand the Group works with customers across the globe that are focused on delivering projects in a variety of engineering sectors. GSS has a track record of delivery in some of the world's most hostile locations. Working closely with its customers GSS provides contract and permanent staffing solutions on an international basis, providing key personnel into new projects and supporting ongoing large-scale project staffing needs. GSS typically recruit across a range of disciplines and skills from operators and supervisors, through to senior management level.

The Group headquarters are located at the Derby Conference Centre which also provides office accommodation for its operating divisions in addition to generating rental and conferencing income from space not utilised by the Group.

Chairman's statement

Six months ended 30 June 2020

I am particularly pleased to be able to report that our Group has managed to navigate its way successfully through an extraordinarily difficult six months and, despite an immediate drop in revenue across all our UK business streams due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have managed to deliver a modest first half profit and a significantly improved cash position. Cash generation in the period has principally benefitted from reduced working capital requirements through a combination of reduced revenues, accelerated payment terms from a key supplier and taking advantage of the Coronavirus VAT deferral Scheme.

I believe our strategy of concentrating on supporting activities in public and regulated sectors (infrastructure and railway transportation) and providing contract workers vital to the country's long-term infrastructure development plans is proving sound during these very difficult times. I see it as encouraging for the future prospects of the Group.

I am very proud of all of our hard-working employees who have shown exemplary commitment and spirit during these extremely challenging times and I believe we enter a demanding second six months with undiluted strength and determination to the credit of all concerned.

Given the ongoing uncertainties surrounding the impact of the pandemic, a further update on trading will be provided towards the end of the year.

W J C Douie

Chairman

23 July 2020

Finance Director's statement

Six months ended 30 June 2020

Highlights

Despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic ("the pandemic"), I am pleased to report that the Group delivered revenues of GBP40m (2019: GBP46m) and a profit from operations of GBP0.3m (2019: GBP0.8m) for the six months ended 30 June 2020.

Trading

Whilst trading in Q1 was largely unaffected by the pandemic, some disruption was experienced in Q2, with certain areas of the Group more significantly impacted than others. Revenue from contract placements was 89% of corresponding period levels at GBP38.7m and revenue from permanent placements and other revenue was 52% and 50% of corresponding period levels respectively.

Throughout Q2 we continued to provide contract workers to the UK infrastructure and railway transportation sectors but at reduced levels from Q1. General UK recruitment activities, permanent recruitment in particular, were significantly impacted by the lockdown. Smart-meter installation stopped, and our hotel and conference centre remained closed in line with Government guidance. Internationally our activities remained largely unaffected.

Towards the end of Q2 we began to see an increase in the number of contract workers required in the infrastructure and railway transportation sectors which is continuing in July. Some smart-meter installation activity recommenced in July, but general UK recruitment activities have remained significantly impacted by the pandemic, as has our hotel and conference centre.

Trading by segment

As outlined above, the impact of the pandemic on UK Recruitment was mixed. Overall, the segment delivered revenues of GBP31m (2019: GBP37m) which was converted to profit from operations of GBP1.2m (2019: 1.6m).

International Recruitment saw minimal impact of the pandemic and increased revenues to GBP8.3m (2019: GBP8.1m) reflecting a steady increase in the number of workers supplied to KBR its longstanding international partner. P rofit from operations was maintained at GBP0.5m (2019: GBP0.5m).

UK Central Services has been significantly impacted by the pandemic with the hotel and conference centre facilities at the Derby site closed from 23 March 2020 in line with Government guidance. It re-opened in July but at present Government guidance curtails conference and event activities. Revenue generated by the UK Central Services segment was GBP0.5m (2019: GBP0.9m) and gross profit was GBP0.2m (2019: GBP0.4m).

Taxation

The total tax charge for the period is estimated at GBP60,000 (2019: GBP158,000). This is higher than would be expected if the standard tax rate was applied to the profits for the period, as explained in note 3.

Earnings per share

The basic earnings per share figure is 1.20p (2019: 3.86p). The diluted earnings per share 1.07p (2019: 3.48p).

Dividends

No dividends were paid in the period (2019: GBP362,780). At this time, no interim dividend is proposed for the year ended 31 December 2020 (2019: GBP199,734).

Statement of financial position

The Group statement of financial position has strengthened compared to the same point last year with net working capital increasing to GBP4.3m (2019: GBP3.3m). There has been a significant reduction in debtors since the start of the period as monies have been collected and 2020 revenues reduced as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Further, the reduction in revenue, together with accelerated payment terms from a key client and use of the Coronavirus VAT deferral scheme has led to a corresponding reduction in the amount of invoice finance required to support the business. The Group has no term debt and is financed using its invoice discounting and overdraft facilities with HSBC. The ratio of current assets to current liabilities has also increased to 1.5 (2019: 1.3). Interest cover was 3.5 times (2019: 8.5 times).

Cash flow

The positive cash flow from operating activities of GBP4.3m (2019: GBP1.1m) for the six-month period reflects a reduction in debtors as a result of reduced revenues but also the payment profiles of the mix of clients we have been supporting during the period, with a key client paying on accelerated terms to support suppliers through the pandemic and, as a result of the pandemic, a reduction in the supply of contractors to some clients on longer payment terms and the deferral if GBP1.5m VAT under the Government's Coronavirus VAT deferral Scheme. The impact of both of these factors on the utilisation of the Group's invoice discounting facility has been a GBP4.3m reduction in the amount of invoice finance required to support activities.

Prior period restatements

In line with the presentation adopted in the 2019 Annual Report, the consolidated statement of financial position at 30 June 2019 has been restated to show cash balances of GBP208,000 which were previously included within liabilities due within 1 year. This restatement has not impacted the previously reported profits, net current assets or net assets. In addition the consolidated cashflow statement has been restated to present the movement on invoice discounting facility within cash flows from financing activities together with the movement on perpetual bank overdrafts, also in line with the presentation in the 2019 Annual Report.

Financing

The Group's current bank facilities comprise an overdraft of GBP50,000 and a confidential invoice discounting facility of up to GBP12.0m with HSBC at a discount margin of 1.5% above base. The Board closely monitors the level of facility utilisation and availability to ensure there is enough headroom to manage current operations and future needs of the business. The Group continues to be focussed on cash generation and building a robust statement of financial position to protect the business.

As a result of the pandemic, the Group is taking additional measures to protect its financial position by reducing its cost base, deferring non-essential capital expenditure, and making use of the Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme by furloughing affected employees and utilising the Government's Coronavirus VAT deferral scheme and rates holidays for the hospitality sector.

Own shares held

The cost of the Group's own shares purchased through the Employee Benefit Trust is shown as a deduction from equity. 40,000 options were exercised during the period. The balance of GBP235,918 on the own shares held reserve within equity reflects 337,027 shares remaining in the EBT that will be used to satisfy future exercises.

Going concern

The Board continues to review and monitor the risks and sensitivities associated with the pandemic and its potential impact on the Group. Given the Group's trading performance in the six-month period to 30 June 2020, Board consideration of a range of forward looking forecast scenarios for the second half of the year and its financing facility of GBP12m which has sufficient headroom to support those expectations, the Group is expected to be able to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future, being a period of at least 12 months from the date of approval of the accounts. As a result, the going concern basis continues to be appropriate in preparing the financial statements.

S L Dye

Group Finance Director

23 July 2020

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income:

 
                                                     Six-month     Six-month    Year ended 
                                                        period        period            31 
                                                      ended 30      ended 30      December 
                                                     June 2020     June 2019          2019 
                                                     Unaudited     Unaudited       Audited 
                                           Notes       GBP'000       GBP'000       GBP'000 
---------------------------------------  -------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
  Revenue                                    2          39,858        45,983        94,949 
  Cost of sales                              2        (34,211)      (38,985)      (80,475) 
---------------------------------------  -------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
  Gross profit                               2           5,647         6,998        14,474 
  Other operating income                     2           1,524             -             - 
  Administrative expenses                    2         (6,847)       (6,196)      (12,513) 
---------------------------------------  -------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
  Profit from operations                     2             324           802         1,961 
  Finance expense                                         (93)          (94)         (203) 
---------------------------------------  -------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
  Profit before tax                                        231           708         1,758 
  Tax expense                                3            (60)         (158)         (390) 
---------------------------------------  -------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
  Total profit and other comprehensive 
   income for the period attributable 
   to owners of the parent                                 171           550         1,368 
---------------------------------------  -------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
 
  Earnings per ordinary share                4 
  Basic                                                  1.20p         3.86p         9.60p 
---------------------------------------  -------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
  Fully diluted                                          1.07p         3.48p         8.59p 
---------------------------------------  -------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
 

Consolidated statement of changes in equity for the six months ended 30 June 2020:

 
                             Share       Share        Own        Capital       Share     Profit      Total 
                           capital     premium     shares     redemption       based        and     equity 
                                                     held        reserve     payment       loss 
                                                                             reserve 
                           GBP'000     GBP'000    GBP'000        GBP'000     GBP'000    GBP'000    GBP'000 
  Balance at 
   1 January 2020              146         120      (264)             50         557      5,627      6,236 
----------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------  -------------  ----------  ---------  --------- 
  Total comprehensive 
   income for 
   the period                    -           -          -              -           -        171        171 
----------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------  -------------  ----------  ---------  --------- 
  Transactions 
   with owners: 
  Share options 
   exercised                     -           -         28              -         (4)       (15)          9 
  Share based 
   payment charge                -           -          -              -          67          -         67 
----------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------  -------------  ----------  ---------  --------- 
  Total transactions 
   with owners                   -           -         28              -          63       (15)         76 
----------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------  -------------  ----------  ---------  --------- 
  At 30 June 
   2020 (Unaudited)            146         120      (236)             50         620      5,783      6,483 
----------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------  -------------  ----------  ---------  --------- 
 

Consolidated statement of changes in equity for the six months ended 30 June 2019:

 
                             Share       Share        Own        Capital       Share     Profit      Total 
                           capital     premium     shares     redemption       based        and     equity 
                                                     held        reserve     payment       loss 
                                                                             reserve 
                           GBP'000     GBP'000    GBP'000        GBP'000     GBP'000    GBP'000    GBP'000 
  Balance at 
   1 January 2019              146         120      (292)             50         379      4,833      5,236 
----------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------  -------------  ----------  ---------  --------- 
  Total comprehensive 
   income for 
   the period                    -           -          -              -           -        550        550 
----------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------  -------------  ----------  ---------  --------- 
  Transactions 
   with owners: 
  Dividends                      -           -          -              -           -      (363)      (363) 
  Share options 
   exercised                     -           -         28              -        (16)       (10)          2 
  Share based 
   payment charge                -           -          -              -         108          -        108 
----------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------  -------------  ----------  ---------  --------- 
  Total transactions 
   with owners                   -           -         28              -          92      (373)      (253) 
----------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------  -------------  ----------  ---------  --------- 
  At 30 June 
   2019 (Unaudited)            146         120      (264)             50         471      5,010      5,533 
----------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------  -------------  ----------  ---------  --------- 
 

Consolidated statement of changes in equity for the year ended 31 December 2019:

 
                             Share       Share        Own        Capital       Share     Retained      Total 
                           capital     premium     shares     redemption       based     earnings     equity 
                                                     held        reserve     payment 
                                                                             reserve 
                           GBP'000     GBP'000    GBP'000        GBP'000     GBP'000      GBP'000    GBP'000 
                        ----------  ----------  ---------  -------------  ----------  -----------  --------- 
  Balance at 
   1 January 
   2019                        146         120      (292)             50         379        4,833      5,236 
----------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------  -------------  ----------  -----------  --------- 
  Total comprehensive 
   income for 
   the year                      -           -          -              -           -        1,368      1,368 
----------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------  -------------  ----------  -----------  --------- 
  Transactions 
   with owners: 
  Dividends                      -           -          -              -           -        (563)      (563) 
  Share options 
   exercised                     -           -         28              -        (15)         (11)          2 
  Share based 
   payment charge                -           -          -              -         193            -        193 
----------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------  -------------  ----------  -----------  --------- 
  Total transactions 
   with owners                   -           -         28              -         178        (574)      (368) 
----------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------  -------------  ----------  -----------  --------- 
  At 31 December 
   2019 (Audited)              146         120      (264)             50         557        5,627      6,236 
----------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------  -------------  ----------  -----------  --------- 
 

Consolidated statement of financial position:

 
                                          As at         As at           As at 
                                        30 June       30 June     31 December 
                                           2020          2019            2019 
                                      Unaudited                       Audited 
                                                    Unaudited 
                                                     Restated 
                                        GBP'000       GBP'000         GBP'000 
--------------------------------   ------------  ------------  -------------- 
  Assets 
  Non-current 
  Goodwill                                  132           132             132 
  Other intangible assets                   196           240             234 
  Property, plant and equipment           1,694         1,620           1,680 
  Right of use assets                     2,965         3,216           3,044 
  Deferred tax asset                        106            66              95 
---------------------------------  ------------  ------------  -------------- 
                                          5,093         5,274           5,185 
  Current 
  Inventories                                10            12              10 
  Trade and other receivables            10,459        14,299          15,809 
  Cash and cash equivalents               2,022           208             798 
---------------------------------  ------------  ------------  -------------- 
  Total current assets                   12,491        14,519          16,617 
  Total assets                           17,584        19,793          21,802 
---------------------------------  ------------  ------------  -------------- 
 
  Liabilities 
  Current 
  Trade and other payables              (6,772)       (6,276)         (8,493) 
  Lease liabilities                       (261)         (286)           (282) 
  Corporation tax                         (352)         (425)           (296) 
  Current borrowings                      (795)       (4,256)         (3,570) 
---------------------------------  ------------  ------------  -------------- 
  Total current liabilities             (8,180)      (11,243)        (12,641) 
 
  Non-current liabilities 
  Lease liabilities                     (2,836)       (2,959)         (2,855) 
  Deferred tax liabilities                 (85)          (58)            (70) 
---------------------------------  ------------  ------------  -------------- 
  Net assets                              6,483         5,533           6,236 
---------------------------------  ------------  ------------  -------------- 
 
  Equity 
  Share capital                             146           146             146 
  Share premium                             120           120             120 
  Capital redemption reserve                 50            50              50 
  Own shares held                         (236)         (264)           (264) 
  Share based payment reserve               620           471             557 
  Profit and loss account                 5,783         5,010           5,627 
  Total equity                            6,483         5,533           6,236 
---------------------------------  ------------  ------------  -------------- 
 

Consolidated statement of cash flows:

 
                                              Six-month     Six-month      Year ended 
                                                 period        period     31 December 
                                               ended 30      ended 30            2019 
                                              June 2020     June 2019         Audited 
                                              Unaudited     Unaudited 
                                                             Restated 
                                                GBP'000       GBP'000         GBP'000 
  Cash flows from operating activities 
  Profit before tax                                 231           708           1,758 
  Adjustments for: 
  Depreciation, loss on disposal 
   and amortisation                                 370           397             693 
  Finance expense                                    93            94             203 
  Employee equity settled share options 
   charge                                            67           108             194 
  Change in inventories                               -           (4)             (2) 
  Change in trade and other receivables           5,350         1,512            (18) 
  Change in trade and other payables            (1,721)       (1,587)             629 
-----------------------------------------  ------------  ------------  -------------- 
  Cash inflow from operations                     4,390         1,228           3,457 
  Income tax paid                                     -             -           (378) 
  Interest paid                                    (93)          (94)           (203) 
  Net cash inflow from operating 
   activities                                     4,297         1,134           2,876 
-----------------------------------------  ------------  ------------  -------------- 
  Cash flows from investing activities 
  Purchases of property, plant and 
   equipment and intangibles                      (174)         (136)           (314) 
  Proceeds from asset disposals                       -             -              20 
  Net cash used in investing activities           (174)         (136)           (294) 
  Cash flows from financing activities 
  Movement on invoice discounting 
   facility                                     (2,818)       (1,071)         (1,821) 
  Movement on perpetual bank overdrafts              43         (139)            (75) 
  Dividends paid                                      -         (363)           (563) 
  Payments of lease liabilities                   (133)         (138)           (246) 
  Proceeds from exercise of share 
   options                                            9             2               2 
  Net cash outflow from financing 
   activities                                   (2,899)       (1,709)         (2,703) 
-----------------------------------------  ------------  ------------  -------------- 
  Net increase/(decrease) in cash 
   and cash equivalents                           1,224         (711)           (121) 
-----------------------------------------  ------------  ------------  -------------- 
  Cash and cash equivalents at beginning 
   of period                                        798           919             919 
-----------------------------------------  ------------  ------------  -------------- 
  Cash and cash equivalents at end 
   of period                                      2,022           208             798 
-----------------------------------------  ------------  ------------  -------------- 
 

Notes to the interim statement for the six months ended 30 June 2020:

   1.    Accounting policies 
   a)    General information 

RTC Group Plc is incorporated and domiciled in England and its shares are publicly traded on AIM. The registered office address is The Derby Conference Centre, London Road, Derby, DE24 8UX. The company's registered number is 02558971. The principal activities of the Group are described in note 2.

The Board consider the principal risks and uncertainties relating to the Group for the next six months to be the same as detailed in our last Annual Report and Accounts to 31 December 2019 with the addition of the risk associated with a pandemic as explained below:

Pandemic risk

In addition to the risks set out in our last Annual Report, there is the additional risk caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and its onward consequences. This impacts the Group's UK and International operations to differing degrees. Internationally we have experienced minimal disruption. In the UK permanent recruitment, smart-meter installation activity and the provision of hotel, conference and events services have been materially impacted. In addition to the potential impact on the UK economic performance and loss of revenue to our business, our considerations include the risk of any significant extension in debtor days or credit defaults as a result of cash flow problems at our clients. To mitigate these risks, we are utilising the Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to enable us to retain staff by flexing costs in line with activity and we are closely monitoring all our clients to ensure payment terms are adhered to. We have also taken advantage of the Government's VAT deferral scheme and rates holiday for hospitality.

                b)    Basis of preparation 

The unaudited interim Group financial information of RTC Group Plc is for the six months ended 30 June 2020 and does not comprise statutory accounts within the meaning of S.435 of the Companies Act 2006. The unaudited interim Group financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the AIM rules and have not been reviewed by the Group's auditors. This report should be read in conjunction with the Group's Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 December 2019, which have been prepared in accordance with IFRS's as adopted by the European Union.

Going concern

The Board continues to review and monitor the risks and sensitivities associated with the pandemic and its potential impact on the Group. Given the Group's trading performance in the six-month period to 30 June 2020, Board consideration of a range of forward looking forecast scenarios for the second half of the year and its financing facility of GBP12m which has sufficient headroom to support those expectations, the Group is expected to be able to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future, being a period of at least 12 months from the date of approval of the accounts. As a result, the going concern basis continues to be appropriate in preparing the financial statements.

These unaudited interim Group financial statements were approved for issue on 23 July 2020. No significant events, other than those disclosed in this document, have occurred between 30 June 2020 and this date.

                c)     Comparatives 

The comparative figures for the year ended 31 December 2019 do not constitute statutory accounts within the meaning of S.435 of the Companies Act 2006, but they have been derived from the audited financial statements for that year, which have been filed with the Registrar of Companies. The report of the auditor was unqualified and did not contain a statement under section 498 (2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006 nor a reference to any matters which the auditor drew attention by way of emphasis of matter without qualifying their report.

Prior period restatements

In line with the presentation adopted in the 2019 Annual Report, the consolidated statement of financial position at 30 June 2019 has been restated to show cash balances of GBP208,000 which were previously included within liabilities due within 1 year. This restatement has not impacted the previously reported profits, net current assets or net assets. In addition the consolidated cashflow statement has been restated to present the movement on invoice discounting facility within cash flows from financing activities together with the movement on perpetual bank overdrafts, in line with the presentation in the 2019 Annual Report.

   d)    Accounting policies 

In preparing these interim financial statements, the Board have considered the impact of new standards which will be applied in the 2020 Annual Report and Accounts and there are not expected to be any changes in the accounting policies compared to those applied at 31 December 2019.

A full description of accounting policies is contained with our 2019 Annual Report and Accounts which is available on our website.

This interim announcement has been prepared in accordance with the recognition and measurement requirements of International Financial Reporting Standards issued by the International Accounting Standards Board, as adopted by the European Union as effective for periods beginning on or after 1 January 2020.

   2.     Segment analysis 

The Group has three operating segments: United Kingdom and International Recruitment which reflect the integrated approach to the Group's recruitment business in the UK and independent delivery of its overseas recruitment activities; and the UK based Central Services segment whose purpose is to provide all central services for the Group including the Group's head office facilities in Derby. It also generates income from excess space at the Derby site including rental and conferencing facilities.

This is consistent with the reporting for management purposes, with the Group organised into two reportable segments, Recruitment and Central Services, which are strategic business units that offer different products and services. They are managed separately because each segment has a different purpose within the Group and requires different technologies and marketing strategies.

Segment operating profit is the profit earned by each operating segment defined above and is the measure reported to the Group's Board, the Group's Chief Operating Decision Maker, for performance management and resource allocation purposes. The Group manages the trading performance of each segment by monitoring operating contribution and centrally manages working capital, financing and equity.

Revenues within the recruitment operating segment have similar economic characteristics and share a majority of the aggregation criteria set out in IFRS 8:12 in particular the nature of the products and services, the type or class of customers, the country in which the service is delivered and the processes utilised to deliver the services and the regulatory environment for the services.

Revenue is analysed by origin of customer/point of invoicing. All revenues below have been generated by continuing operations and invoiced to external customers. All assets and liabilities are in the UK.

During the first half of 2020, one customer in the UK Recruitment segment contributed 10% or more of that segment's revenues being GBP12.8m (2019: GBP14.2m) and one customer in the International Recruitment sector contributed 10% or more of that segment's revenues being GBP8.1m (2019: GBP8.0m).

Revenue, gross profit and operating profit delivery by geography f or the six-month period ended 30 June 2020:

 
  GBP'000                                     UK    International           UK    Total Group 
                                     Recruitment      Recruitment      Central 
                                                                      Services 
--------------------------------                  --------------- 
  Revenue                                 31,154            8,257          447         39,858 
  Cost of sales                         (26,638)          (7,321)        (252)       (34,211) 
--------------------------------  --------------  ---------------  -----------  ------------- 
  Gross profit                             4,516              936          195          5,647 
  Other operating income*                  1,377                -          147          1,524 
  Administrative expenses                (4,582)            (406)      (1,489)        (6,477) 
  Amortisation of intangibles               (39)                -            -           (39) 
  Depreciation of right of 
   use assets                               (63)                -        (109)          (172) 
  Depreciation                              (55)              (2)        (102)          (159) 
--------------------------------  --------------  ---------------  -----------  ------------- 
  Total administrative expenses          (4,739)            (408)      (1,700)          6,847 
--------------------------------  --------------  ---------------  -----------  ------------- 
  Profit from operations                   1,154              528      (1,358)            324 
--------------------------------  --------------  ---------------  -----------  ------------- 
 

*Other operating income represents Government Grants in respect of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Segment profit from operations above represents the profit earned by each segment without allocation of Group administration costs or finance costs.

Segment information for the six months ended 30 June 2019:

 
  GBP'000                                     UK    International           UK    Total Group 
                                     Recruitment      Recruitment      Central 
                                                                      Services 
--------------------------------                  --------------- 
  Revenue                                 37,018            8,073          892         45,983 
  Cost of sales                         (31,306)          (7,192)        (487)       (38,985) 
--------------------------------  --------------  ---------------  -----------  ------------- 
  Gross profit                             5,712              881          405          6,998 
  Administrative expenses                (3,919)            (370)      (1,519)        (5,808) 
  Amortisation of intangibles               (93)                -            -           (93) 
  Depreciation of right of 
   use assets                               (65)                -        (103)          (168) 
  Depreciation                              (27)              (2)         (98)          (127) 
--------------------------------  --------------  ---------------  -----------  ------------- 
  Total administrative expenses          (4,104)            (372)      (1,720)        (6,196) 
--------------------------------  --------------  ---------------  -----------  ------------- 
  Profit from operations                   1,608              509      (1,315)            802 
--------------------------------  --------------  ---------------  -----------  ------------- 
 

Segment information for the year ended 31 December 2019:

 
  GBP'000                                     UK    International           UK    Total Group 
                                     Recruitment      Recruitment      Central 
                                                                      Services 
-------------------------------- 
  Revenue                                 76,526           16,559        1,864         94,949 
  Cost of sales                         (64,680)         (14,785)      (1,010)       (80,475) 
--------------------------------  --------------  ---------------  -----------  ------------- 
  Gross profit                            11,846            1,774          854         14,474 
  Administrative expenses                (7,852)            (701)      (3,269)       (11,822) 
  Amortisation of intangibles               (85)                -            -           (85) 
  Depreciation of right of 
   use assets                              (125)                -        (214)          (339) 
  Depreciation                              (93)              (4)        (170)          (267) 
--------------------------------  --------------  ---------------  -----------  ------------- 
  Total administrative expenses          (8,155)            (705)      (3,653)       (12,513) 
--------------------------------  --------------  ---------------  -----------  ------------- 
  Profit from operations                   3,691            1,069      (2,799)          1,961 
--------------------------------  --------------  ---------------  -----------  ------------- 
 

Recruitment revenues are generated from permanent and temporary recruitment and long-term contracts for labour supply. Within Central Services revenues are generated from the rental of excess space and facilities at the Derby site, described as Other below. Revenue and gross profit by service classification for management purposes:

 
  Revenue                    Six months      Six months    Year ended 
                               ended 30        ended 30            31 
                              June 2020       June 2019 
                            (Unaudited)     (Unaudited) 
                                                             December 
                                                                 2019 
   GBP'000                                                  (Audited) 
  Permanent placements              741           1,410         2,819 
  Contract                       38,670          43,681        90,266 
  Other                             447             892         1,864 
-----------------------  --------------  --------------  ------------ 
                                 39,858          45,983        94,949 
-----------------------  --------------  --------------  ------------ 
 
 
  Gross profit               Six months      Six months      Year ended 
                               ended 30        ended 30     31 December 
                              June 2020       June 2019 
                            (Unaudited)     (Unaudited) 
                                                                   2019 
                                                              (Audited) 
   GBP'000 
-----------------------  --------------  --------------  -------------- 
  Permanent placements              741           1,410           2,819 
  Contract                        4,711           5,183          10,801 
  Other                             195             405             854 
-----------------------  --------------  --------------  -------------- 
                                  5,647           6,998          14,474 
-----------------------  --------------  --------------  -------------- 
 

3. Income tax

 
                                               Six-month        Six-month    Year ended 
                                                  period           period            31 
                                                ended 30 
                                               June 2020 
                                             (Unaudited) 
                                                                 ended 30      December 
                                                                June 2019          2019 
                                                              (Unaudited) 
   Continuing operations                                                      (Audited) 
                                                 GBP'000          GBP'000       GBP'000 
----------------------------------------  --------------  ---------------  ------------ 
  Analysis of tax: 
  Current tax 
  UK corporation tax                                  56              164           402 
  Adjustment in respect of previous 
   period                                              -                -            11 
----------------------------------------  --------------  ---------------  ------------ 
                                                      56              164           413 
  Deferred tax 
  Origination and reversal of temporary 
   differences                                         4              (6)          (23) 
  Tax                                                 60              158           390 
----------------------------------------  --------------  ---------------  ------------ 
 

Factors affecting the tax expense

The tax assessed for the six-month period ended 30 June 2020 is higher than (2019: higher than) would be expected by multiplying profit by the standard rate of corporation tax in the UK of 19% (2019: 19%).

The differences are explained below:

 
                                            Six-month          Six-month      Year ended 
                                         period ended       period ended     31 December 
                                         30 June 2020            30 June            2019 
                                            Unaudited     2019 Unaudited         Audited 
  Factors affecting tax expense               GBP'000            GBP'000         GBP'000 
------------------------------------  ---------------  -----------------  -------------- 
  Result for the period before 
   tax                                            231                708           1,758 
------------------------------------  ---------------  -----------------  -------------- 
  Profit multiplied by standard 
   rate of tax of 19% (2019: 19%)                  44                135             334 
  Non-deductible expenses                          35                 55              86 
  Tax credit on exercise of options               (3)                (4)             (5) 
  Other differences                              (16)               (28)            (36) 
  Adjustment in respect of previous 
   period                                           -                  -              11 
------------------------------------  ---------------  -----------------  -------------- 
  Tax charge for the period                        60                158             390 
------------------------------------  ---------------  -----------------  -------------- 
 

4. Earnings per share

The calculation of basic earnings per share is based on the earnings attributable to ordinary shareholders divided by the weighted average number of shares in issue during the year.

The calculation of diluted earnings per share is based on the basic earnings per share adjusted to allow for all dilutive potential ordinary shares.

 
                                    Basic                             Diluted 
                            Six-month        Six-month        Six-month        Six-month 
                         period ended     period ended     period ended     period ended 
                         30 June 2020     30 June 2019     30 June 2020          30 June 
                                                                                    2019 
                            Unaudited        Unaudited        Unaudited        Unaudited 
                                                                         --------------- 
  Earnings GBP'000                171              550              171              550 
--------------------  ---------------  ---------------                   --------------- 
  Basic weighted 
   average number 
   of shares               14,279,831       14,234,392       14,279,831       14,234,392 
--------------------  ---------------  ---------------  ---------------  --------------- 
  Dilutive effect 
   of share options                 -                -        1,747,749        1,552,981 
--------------------  ---------------  ---------------  ---------------  --------------- 
  Fully diluted 
   weighted average 
   number of shares                 -                -       16,027,580       15,787,373 
--------------------  ---------------  ---------------  ---------------  --------------- 
  Earnings per 
   share (pence)                1.20p            3.86p            1.07p            3.48p 
--------------------  ---------------  ---------------  ---------------  --------------- 
 

5. Borrowings

Included in current borrowings are bank overdrafts and an invoice discounting facility which is secured by a cross guarantee and debenture over all Group companies. There have been no defaults or breaches of the terms of the facility during the current or prior period.

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