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CHSS World Chess Plc

11.50
0.50 (4.55%)
23 Jul 2024 - Closed
Delayed by 15 minutes
Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
World Chess Plc LSE:CHSS London Ordinary Share GB00BN70RC41 ORD 0.01P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  0.50 4.55% 11.50 10.00 11.00 10.50 9.50 9.50 807,649 16:35:16
Industry Sector Turnover Profit EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap
Business Services, Nec 2.35M -4.69M -0.0070 -15.00 73.39M

World Chess PLC Final Results for the year ended 31 December 2023

26/04/2024 7:00am

RNS Regulatory News


RNS Number : 0946M
World Chess PLC
26 April 2024
 

 

26 April 2024

World Chess Plc

("World Chess" or the "Company")

Financial Results for the year ended 31 December 2023

 

World Chess plc (LSE:CHSS), a prominent chess organisation committed to enhancing the global mass market appeal of chess by introducing a variety of innovative chess-related activities, today publishes its financial results for the year ended 31 December 2023.

Copies of the Company's full Annual Report and Financial Statements for the period ended 31 December 2023 will be made available on the Company's website at https://worldchess.com https://data.fca.org.uk/#/nsm/nationalstoragemechanism.

Highlights:

·      Listing Success: In April 2023 the Company listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange, raising approximately €3.5 million (before expenses) on listing and a further €2.3 million from an existing investor after the listing.

·      Berlin Club Opening: In May 2023 World Chess Club Berlin (worldchessclubberlin.com) officially opened after a successful soft launch during the 2022 FIDE Grand Prix. The club has established a vibrant, cultural hub for chess enthusiasts and is a model that World Chess hopes to replicate in other cities worldwide.

·      Armageddon Championship Series: In September 2023 the final of the inaugural Armageddon Chess Championship was hosted by World Chess Club Berlin, the culmination of a five event series which attracted top talent and a significant three-series sponsorship agreement with it.com Domains.

·      Broadcast Expansion: The Group has partnered with 33 television networks, including Bloomberg and CNBC, to broadcast its Armageddon Championship highlights globally, making the Armageddon Championship Series one of the most televised chess events.

·      Digital Innovation: In October 2023, the FIDE Online Arena (chessarena.com) launched version 2.0, introducing new features and improved gameplay following significant investment during the year.

 

Commenting on the World Chess's performance, Ilya Merenzon, CEO, said: "World Chess has delivered on several major projects during 2023, which have significantly enhanced our brand proposition. Our first chess club successfully opened in Berlin and hosted the finals of the Armageddon series. This new chess format has captured the attention of chess enthusiasts on a global scale, with match content shown across 33 different broadcast networks.

"We made an important investment in the FIDE Online Arena chess platform to upgrade the overall player experience. FIDE 2.0 went live towards to the end of 2023 and has been well received by our community and subscriptions have continued to rise.

"As we advance through 2024, we remain committed to expanding the World Chess ecosystem. We will be launching new initiatives associated with the FIDE Online Arena to help drive growth, whilst attracting new commercial partners. We look forward to bringing news of our progress throughout the rest of 2024."

 

For more information, please visit https://worldchess.com/investors or contact:

 

  World Chess

  Ilya Merenzon, CEO

 

  Via Yellow Jersey PR

 

  Novum Securities Limited (Financial Advisor)

  David Coffman / George Duxberry

 

  +44 (0) 20 7399 9400

  Allenby Capital Limited (Broker)

  Joscelin Pinnington / Tony Quirke (Sales)

  John Depasquale / Lauren Wright (Corporate Finance)

 

  +44 (0) 20 3328 5656

 

  Yellow Jersey PR

  Charles Goodwin

  Annabelle Wills

 

  +44 (0) 774 778 8221

  +44 (0) 777 519 4357


Notes to Editors

About World Chess Plc

World Chess (LSE: CHSS) is a London-based chess gaming and entertainment company and Fédération Internationale des Échecs ('FIDE') official commercial partner. World Chess organized the FIDE Championship Matches in the USA, and the UK, and revolutionized the sport by signing the biggest media partnerships in history. World Chess develops Armageddon, the chess league for prime-time television. World Chess also runs FIDE Online Arena, the exclusive official chess gaming platform. More at worldchess.com.

 

Statement from the Chair


I am pleased to report progress for World Chess Plc., during 2023. The Company continued to focus on its goal of seeking to grow by tapping into the mass market appeal of chess, driving several growth initiatives during the year.

The Company`s strategy for growth is to create diversified revenue streams spanning online gaming, tournaments, chess clubs and merchandise. Despite being one of the oldest leisure and sporting activities in the world, chess is, in the Board's view, still in its infancy in terms of commercialisation.

The Company's listing on the London Stock Exchange in April 2023, raised approximately €3.5m (before expenses) of new funds from investors. Subsequent to the listing, an existing investor agreed to subscribe a further €2.3m in tranches from September 2023, with the last tranche of this investment due to be received by May 2024. The Board believes that the listing should provide access to future funding support and has already helped to raise the profile of the World Chess brand and the sport.

During the financial year, the Company invested in the commercial areas described above, including major investment for the development, and opening of World Chess Club Berlin and the subsequent staging of the Armageddon Chess Championships at this venue.

In addition to the Berlin club, investment was made to improve the playing experience on the Company`s chess gaming platform, FIDE Online Arena. Following the strategic investment made across the business, the Board expects to see increased revenues during the course of 2024.

For the year ended 31 December 2023, the Company generated revenues of approximately €2.3m with an operating loss of approximately €4.5m, with high expenditure attributed to the London listing costs and investment projects, notably World Chess Club Berlin.

The Company continues to benefit from the considerable efforts of the management team and staff. I thank them for their hard work and commitment throughout last year, and in going forward.

Outlook

The impact of inflation and higher interest rates, and resulting costs pressures, have made it a difficult environment for the Company to navigate. These economic challenges remain for the business in 2024.  However, the Board is cautiously optimistic of achieving revenue growth over the course of the year. The Board intends to pursue further opportunities that align with the Company`s strategy as a chess-focused business to build shareholder value.

 

 

 

 

 

Graham Woolfman

Chair

25 April 2024

 

Statement from the Chief Executive

2023 was a pivotal period for our Company, coinciding with our debut as a listed company. At the heart of our strategic vision lies a dedication to pioneering innovative chess-related commercial ventures. By diversifying our offerings and engaging our audiences in novel and captivating ways, we aim to propel chess into the modern era while cementing its status as a cherished sport.

The funds raised through our listing on the London Stock Exchange have enabled us to make crucial investments in our digital infrastructure, notably in the enhancement of the FIDE Online Arena and the establishment of the World Chess Club Berlin. Furthermore, we have successfully increased brand recognition, agreed new commercial partnerships and laid the groundwork for growth in 2024 and beyond.

Investment in the FIDE Platform

Throughout the year, we executed significant upgrades to the FIDE Online Arena, culminating in the unveiling of Arena 2.0 in the final quarter. This enhanced platform not only gives players a FIDE-recognised online rating but also delivers an improved gaming experience, boasting industry-leading speed. Additionally, our proprietary anti-cheating technology, NightWatch, has been integrated to ensure fair play, complemented by personalised chess board skins and consumer-centric updates aimed at enriching user engagement.

To improve our player acquisition, we modified our subscription model, increasing our player base by 40% to 750,000 registered users, with 8,500 'pro-members' opting for the premium experience at €50 per year.

Opening World Chess Club Berlin and expanding our merchandise range

The opening of World Chess Club Berlin marks our first foray into physical spaces. It's not just a place to play chess; it's where culture, community, and competition collide. We're crafting experiences that go beyond the sport, making chess not just a game but a lifestyle.

We have seen revenue building through the Club's café, the physical and online merchandise shop and unique chess events, including our sold-out night of 'Chess Boxing'. With plans to open more clubs in strategic locations, we are excited at the prospect of creating more welcoming spaces in the coming years.

In line with our brand-building strategy and efforts to captivate new audiences, we have expanded our range of chess-related products and branded merchandise. From exclusive chess maps to bespoke boards and pieces, our merchandise celebrates the richness and diversity of chess culture. Through these meticulously curated offerings and partnerships, we aim to elevate the chess experience and foster deeper engagement within the global chess community.

 

New tournament format and events

Our Armageddon Championship Series, hosted at World Chess Club Berlin, redefined the excitement surrounding chess, transforming a traditional game into a riveting spectator sport. Characterised by its high-intensity and fast-paced format, the inaugural series gained widespread acclaim and was broadcast across 33 networks, including major media outlets like Bloomberg and CNBC.

Starting in March 2023 before concluding at the Grand Finale in September 2023, this fresh new twist on competitive chess was able to take the game to a new level in terms of attracting a global audience. We also signed a partnership with IT.com Domains Ltd ('it.com Domains') for a three-series contract worth over €1.2m, underscoring the growing interest from sponsors to associate themselves with chess and the audiences we can attract.

In line with our commitment to fostering a more inclusive global chess community, we are proud to champion women within the sport. Through initiatives like our online tournament series, 'Swiss Queens Wednesday,' in collaboration with FIDE, we are striving to address the gender disparity in chess participation. A recent YouGov survey revealed that women comprise only 30% of chess players worldwide, highlighting the untapped potential for positive change and the commercial opportunities it presents.

2024 and further ahead

During 2023 the Group has been building the infrastructure for our digital offering, chessarena.com, as well as the World Chess ecosystem. As we enter 2024, our primary objective is to launch these initiatives into the market, with a keen emphasis on cultivating an engaging environment for both subscribers and partners.

Our strategic vision encompasses a multifaceted approach aimed at enhancing the online chess experience. This entails leveraging innovative design elements and pioneering features to revolutionise gameplay. Concurrently, our marketing efforts will be intensified to establish Chessarena as a household name, bolstered by the introduction of media and merchandise offerings. Moreover, we are committed to expanding our business-to-business sector, introducing new products tailored for chess clubs.

Among our upcoming enhancements, we are exploring the integration of social features, such as stickers, to enrich the gaming experience. Additionally, we aspire to merge the dynamics of a sports platform with a communication app, creating a unique synergy. The implementation of cutting-edge AI technology will significantly elevate our anti-cheating measures, ensuring the integrity of gameplay. Furthermore, we envision a dedicated television product for chess, granting the sport a permanent presence on television screens globally.

We have invested substantial resources in terms of capital, expertise, and with the dedication of our team, there is still much to do in pursuit of our journey to redefine and innovate across the landscape of chess.

 

 

 

 

Ilya Merenzon
Chief Executive Officer

25 April 2024

 

Financial Review


2023 saw the Company's listing on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange raising €3.5m for investment of €817,533 (2022: €799,866) in the development of the FIDE Online Arena; and €510,898 (2022: €635,818) in the opening of World Chess Club Berlin.




2023

 

2022




 

REVENUE

 

 

2,345,492

 

2,796,207

GROSS PROFIT

 

 

179,102

 

705,453

GROSS PROFIT %



8%


25%







Other operating income



11,706


92,399

Administrative expenses



 (4,344,248)


(3,278,281)

OPERATING LOSS BEFORE EXCEPTIONAL ITEMS

 

 

 (4,153,440)

 

(2,480,429)

Addback: Depreciation and amortisation



 843,237


632,936

PRE-EXCEPTIONAL ITEMS EBITDA LOSS

 

 

 (3,310,203)

 

(1,847,493)







Exceptional Items



 (326,776)


23,000

Finance costs



 (191,393)


(337,460)

Finance income



 139


521

LOSS BEFORE INCOME TAX

 

 

 (4,671,470)

 

(2,794,368)

 






Revenue and Gross Profit

Whilst the Group has four distinct revenue generating activities, revenues in 2023 and 2022 were dominated by tournament sponsorships. 2023 saw €1,381,340 of tournament revenue being 59% of total revenue (2022: €1,711,331 being 61% of total revenue). This reduction in tournament revenue followed the Group's strategic decision to launch Armageddon, its own proprietary tournament series, rather than continue to solely promote FIDE tournaments. Whilst the Armageddon was a great success in terms of participation and media coverage, as a new event series it does not yet command the same level of sponsorship as the FIDE Grand Prix events which took place in 2022.

Part of the Group's tournament strategy is to use a dedicated event space, afforded by World Chess Club Berlin, to host events rather than constructing temporary staging for each event. This strategy led to a reduction in the average costs associated with hosting each of the five Armageddon series events, however with five events taking place in 2023 compared to the three which took place in 2022 the overall cost of sales increased by 4%, this together with the 16% fall in revenue resulted in a 75% reduction in gross profit.

Loss per share

The loss per share was €0.007 (2022: €0.004), resulting from both an increase in operating losses and in the weighted average number of shares in issue, from 597,912,402 in 2022 to 650,232,851 in 2023. At 31 December 2023 there were a total of 667,193,501 shares in issue.

Cash flows

The Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows is set out on page 52 to these consolidated financial statements, during 2023 the Group raised €3,475,569 from the issue of new equity capital on listing and a further €1,040,329 in loans were also converted into new equity capital. The Company also received €1,508,737 from an existing shareholder for a new share subscription which was issued in February 2024 as set out in note 32.

Statement of Financial Position

The Consolidated Statement of Financial Position as at 31 December 2023 shows the Group's total net assets having decreased to €1,007,724 (2022: €1,163,425).

Capital expenditure

The development of the FIDE Online Arena remained a priority during the year with additional investment of €817,533 (2022: €799,866), bringing the total invested to €3,924,971 with a carrying value at 31 December 2023 of €2,692,024.

Investments and impairment

As detailed in notes 11, 13 and 14 to the consolidated financial statements the Directors considered the carrying value of investments, goodwill and intangible assets at 31 December 2023 based on detailed budgets and forecasts, these budgets and forecasts generally cover a five-year period. Based on this the Directors concluded that no impairment was necessary at 31 December 2023 or 31 December 2022.

Cash and debt position

At the year end the Group has total cash balances of €186,881 (2022: €35,565) and total borrowings of €1,453,470 (2022: €2,485,797) giving a net debt figure of €1,266,589 (2022: €2,450,232).

As at 23 April 2024, the date of signing these consolidated financial statements, the Group had total cash of €220,122 (28 April 2023: €1,830,936) and total borrowings of €32,986 (28 April 2023: €62,676) giving a net debt figure of €187,136 (28 April 2023: €1,768,260).

Going concern

Based on the Group's Statement of Financial Position and a review of its forecast future operating budgets and forecasts, the Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for at least twelve months from the date of signing of these consolidated financial statements. This review of future operating budgets and forecasts included certain reasonable downside scenarios and confirmed that even in the case of such downside scenarios the Group could continue to operate and meet its obligations as they fall due. Accordingly, the Directors have adopted the going concern basis in preparing the Annual Report and consolidated financial statements.

In making this assessment, the Directors have considered the resilience of the Group in severe but plausible scenarios, taking into account the principal risks and uncertainties facing the Group as detailed on page 12 and the effectiveness of any mitigating actions. The Directors' assessment considered the potential impacts of these scenarios, both individually and in combination, on the Group's business model, future performance, solvency and liquidity over the period. Sensitivity analysis was also used to stress test the Group's strategic plan and to confirm that sufficient headroom would remain under the Group's available sources of finance. The Directors consider that under each of these scenarios, the mitigating actions would be effective and sufficient to ensure the continued viability of the Group.

 



 

Richard Collett

Chief Financial Officer

25 April 2024

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF PROFIT OR LOSS AND OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2023

 

 

 

2023

 

2022

 

Notes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

3


 2,345,492


2,796,207

Cost of sales                                                              



 (2,166,390)


(2,090,754)

GROSS PROFIT

 

 

 179,102

 

705,453







Other operating income



 11,706


92,399

Administrative expenses



 (4,344,248)


(3,278,281)

OPERATING LOSS BEFORE EXCEPTIONAL ITEMS

 

 

 (4,153,440)

 

(2,480,429)




 



Exceptional Items

5


(326,776)


23,000

OPERATING LOSS

 

 

(4,480,216)

 

(2,457,429)







Finance costs

6


 (191,393)


(337,460)

Finance income

6


 139


521

LOSS BEFORE INCOME TAX

7

 

(4,671,470)

 

(2,794,368)







Income tax

8


 (13,629)


332,680

LOSS FOR THE YEAR

 

 

(4,685,099)

 

(2,461,688)







OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME






Loss on currency translation



 (7,323)


(19,787)







TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE INCOME FOR THE YEAR

 

 

(4,692,422)

 

(2,481,475)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss attributable to:






Owners of the parent



(4,685,099)


(2,461,688)







Total comprehensive income attributable to:

 

 


 

 

Owners of the parent



(4,692,422)


(2,481,475)







LOSS PER SHARE - CONTINUING AND TOTAL OPERATIONS

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted

10


(0.007)


(0.004)







 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION 31 DECEMBER 2023

 

 

 

2023

 

2022

 

Notes

 

 

NON-CURRENT ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

Owned: Intangible assets

11


 3,086,827


2,763,358

Owned: Property, plant and equipment

12


1,029,516


714,116

Right-of-use: Property, plant and equipment

12, 23


 1,206,820


1,236,968

Deferred tax

27


 63,272


76,697




5,386,435


4,791,139







CURRENT ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

Inventories

15


 187,018


187,691

Trade and other receivables

16


256,464


662,566

Tax receivable



 -


251,117

Cash and cash equivalents

17


 186,881


35,565




 630,363


1,136,939

TOTAL ASSETS

 

 

6,016,798

 

5,928,078







EQUITY AND LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

 

SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

Called up share capital

18


 75,647


68,260

Share premium

19


 11,048,183


6,518,849

Translation reserve

20


 58,618


65,941

Retained earnings

20


 (10,174,724)


(5,489,625)

TOTAL EQUITY

 

 

 1,007,724

 

1,163,425







NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

 

Lease liabilities

23


 1,304,273


1,308,003

Provision for liabilities

26


 157,887


180,652




 1,462,160


1,488,655







CURRENT LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

21


 3,397,717


2,098,204

Lease liabilities

23


 116,208


95,686

Interest bearing loans and borrowings

22


 32,989


1,082,108




 3,546,914


3,275,998







TOTAL LIABILITIES

 

 

 5,009,074

 

4,764,653




 



TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES

 

 

6,016,798

 

5,928,078

 

The financial statements were approved by the Board of Directors and authorised for issue on 25 April 2024 and were signed on its behalf by:

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Ilya Merenzon
Chief Executive Officer


COMPANY STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION 31 DECEMBER 2023

 

 

 

2023

 

2022

 

Notes

 

 

NON-CURRENT ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

Investments

14


301,616


301,616




301,616


301,616







CURRENT ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other receivables

16


 5,790,209


4,919,305

Tax receivable



 6,025


-

Cash and cash equivalents

17


 21,366


6,242




 5,817,600


4,925,547

TOTAL ASSETS

 

 

 6,119,216

 

5,227,163







EQUITY AND LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

 

SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

Called up share capital

18


 75,647


68,260

Share premium

19


 11,048,183


6,518,849

Retained earnings

20


(6,871,864)  


(5,329,173)

TOTAL EQUITY

 

 

 4,251,966

 

1,257,936







CURRENT LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

21


1,867,250


2,950,159

Interest bearing loans and borrowings

22


 -  


1,019,068




1,867,250


3,969,227







TOTAL LIABILITIES

 

 

1,867,250

 

3,969,227

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES

 

 

6,119,216

 

5,227,163

 

As permitted by Section 408 of the Companies Act 2006, the statement of comprehensive income of the parent company is not presented as part of these financial statements. The parent company's loss for the financial year was €1,542,691 (2022: €578,448).

The financial statements were approved by the Board of Directors and authorised for issue on 25 April 2024 and were signed on its behalf by:

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Ilya Merenzon
Chief Executive Officer

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY
FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2023


Called up share capital

 

Retained Earnings

 

 

Share Premium

 

Translation reserve

 

Total equity


 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 January 2022

66,996


(3,027,937)


5,520,114


85,728


2,644,901











Changes in equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issue of share capital

1,264


-


998,735


-


999,999

Total comprehensive income

-


(2,461,688)


-


(19,787)


(2,481,475)

Balance at 31 December 2022

68,260

 

(5,489,625)

 

6,518,849

 

65,941

 

1,163,425











Changes in equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issue of share capital

 7,387


 -  


 4,529,334


 -  


 4,536,721

Total comprehensive income

 -  


(4,685,099)


 -  


 (7,323)


(4,692,422)

Balance at 31 December 2023

 75,647

 

(10,174,724)

 

11,048,183

 

 58,618

 

 1,007,724











 

COMPANY STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY
FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2023

 

Called up share capital

 

Retained Earnings

 

Share Premium

 

Total equity

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 January 2022

66,996


(4,750,725)


5,520,114


836,385









Changes in equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issue of share capital

1,264


-


998,735


999,999

Total comprehensive income

-


(578,448)


-


(578,448)

Balance at 31 December 2022

68,260

 

(5,329,173)

 

6,518,849

 

1,257,936









Changes in equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issue of share capital

 7,387


-


 4,529,334


 4,536,721

Total comprehensive income

-


 (1,542,691)


-


(1,542,691)

Balance at 31 December 2023

 75,647

 

 (6,871,864)

 

11,048,183

 

4,251,966










CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2023

 

 

 

2023

 

2022

 

Notes

 

 

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

Cash absorbed from operations

1


(3,338,149)


(512,077)

Interest paid



 (6,638)


(179,610)

Finance cost paid



 (163,495)


(157,850)

Tax refund received



 250,913


20,600

Net cash used in operating activities



 (3,257,369)


(828,937)







Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase of intangible fixed assets



 (3,317,267)


(799,865)

Proceeds from disposal of intangible fixed assets



 2,495,727


1,367,702

Purchase of property, plant and equipment



 (631,603)


(635,818)

Proceeds from disposal of property, plant and equipment



 1,185


23,214

Interest received



 139


521

Net cash used in investing activities



 (1,451,819)


(44,246)







Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Loan advanced in the year



 1,508,737


1,019,068

Loan repayments in year



 (30,050)


(1,341,854)

Payment of lease liabilities



 (100,596)


(21,986)

Amount introduced by directors



 14,167


120,619

Proceeds from share issue



 3,475,569


999,999

Net cash generated from financing activities



 4,867,827


775,846







Increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

 

 

 158,639

 

(97,337)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

2


 35,565


152,689

Effect of foreign exchange rate changes



 (7,323)


(19,787)

Cash and cash equivalents at end of year

2

 

 186,881

 

35,565







 

COMPANY STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2023

 

 

 

2023

 

2022

 

Notes

 

 

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

Cash absorbed by operations

1


(1,655,432)


(104,814)

Interest paid



-


(84,353)

Finance cost paid



-


(123,415)

Net cash used in operating activities



(1,655,432)


(312,582)







Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase of intangible fixed assets



-


(275,000)

Interest received



 106,145


20,820

Net cash generated from/(used in) from investing activities



106,145


(254,180)







Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Loan advanced in the year



 1,508,737


1,019,068

Amounts received from group undertakings



 -  


157,633

Amounts paid to group undertakings



 (3,436,509)


(1,640,863)

Amount introduced by directors



 16,613


3,060

Proceeds from share issue



 3,475,570


999,999

Net cash generated from financing activities



 1,564,411


538,897







Increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

 

 

 15,124

 

(27,865)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

2


 6,242


34,107

Cash and cash equivalents at end of year

2

 

 21,366

 

6,242







 

NOTES TO THE STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2023

1

RECONCILIATION OF LOSS BEFORE INCOME TAX TO CASH ABSORBED FROM OPERATIONS

 

Group

 

 

2023

 

2022

 

 

 

 

 


Loss before income tax



(4,671,470)


(2,794,368)


Depreciation and amortisation



 843,237


632,935


Provision



 (22,765)


180,652


Finance costs



 191,393


337,460


Finance income



 (139)


(521)





(3,659,744)


(1,643,842)









Decrease in inventories



 673


30,702


Decrease in trade and other receivables



 406,102


2,699,953


Decrease in trade and other payables



 (85,180)


(1,598,890)

 

Cash absorbed from operations

 

 

 (3,338,149)

 

(512,077)

 

 

Company

 

 

2023

 

2022

 

 

 

 

 


Loss before income tax



(1,542,691)


(578,448)


Finance costs



 21,260


207,766


Finance income



 (106,145)


(20,820)





 (1,627,576)


(391,502)









(Increase)/decrease in trade and other receivables



 (6,118)


182,297


(Decrease)/increase in trade and other payables



 (21,738)


 104,391

 

Cash absorbed by operations

 

 

 (1,655,432)

 

(104,814)


 

2

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

 


The amounts disclosed on the Statements of Cash Flows in respect of cash and cash equivalents are in respect of these Statement of Financial Position amounts:

 

 

Group

 

 

2023

 

2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year ended 31 December 2023

 

 

 

 

 


Cash and cash equivalents



186,881


35,565








 

Year ended 31 December 2022

 

 

 

 

 


Cash and cash equivalents



35,565


152,689








 

Company

 

 

2023

 

2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year ended 31 December 2023

 

 

 

 

 


Cash and cash equivalents



21,366


6,242








 

Year ended 31 December 2022

 

 

 

 

 


Cash and cash equivalents



6,242


34,107








 

3

RECONCILIATION OF NET DEBT

 



 

Group

 

 

2023

 

2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 December

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other loans

 

 

 (32,989)

 

(1,082,108)

 

Lease liabilities

 

 

 (1,420,481)

 

(1,403,689)

 

Total Borrowings

 

 

 (1,453,470)

 

(2,485,797)


Cash and cash equivalents



 186,881


35,565


Net debt


 

 (1,266,589)

 

(2,450,232)








 

 

Company

 

 

2023

 

2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 December

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other loans

 

 

-

 

(1,019,068)


Cash and cash equivalents



21,366


6,242


Net cash/(debt)



21,366

 

(1,012,826)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
 FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2023

1           STATUTORY INFORMATION

             World Chess PLC is a public company, limited by shares, registered in England and Wales. The company's registered number and registered office address can be found on the Company Information page.

2           ACCOUNTING POLICIES

             Basis of preparation

             These financial statements have been prepared in accordance with UK - adopted International Accounting Standards and IFRIC interpretations and with those parts of the Companies Act 2006 applicable to companies reporting under IFRS. The financial statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention.

             The financial statements are presented in Euro which is the functional currency of the Group and rounded to the nearest €.

             Going concern

             Based on the Group's Statement of Financial Position and a review of its forecast future operating budgets and forecasts, the Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for at least twelve months from the date of signing of these consolidated financial statements. This review of future operating budgets and forecasts included certain reasonable downside scenarios and confirmed that even in the case of such downside scenarios the Group could continue to operate and meet its obligations as they fall due. Accordingly, the Directors have adopted the going concern basis in preparing the Annual Report and consolidated financial statements.

             The Directors have assessed the viability of the Group over a five-year period, taking account of the Group's current position and prospects, its strategic plan and the principal risks and how these are managed. Based on this assessment, the Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group will be able to continue in operation and meet its liabilities as they fall due over this period.

             In making this assessment, the Directors have considered the resilience of the Group in severe but plausible scenarios, taking into account the principal risks and uncertainties facing the Group and the effectiveness of any mitigating actions. The Directors' assessment considered the potential impacts of these scenarios, both individually and in combination, on the Group's business model, future performance, solvency and liquidity over the period. Sensitivity analysis was also used to stress test the Group's strategic plan and to confirm that sufficient headroom would remain available under the Group's credit facilities. The Directors consider that under each of these scenarios, the mitigating actions would be effective and sufficient to ensure the continued viability of the Group.

             Basis of consolidation

             The consolidated financial statements incorporate the financial statements of the Company and entities controlled by the Company (its subsidiaries) made up to 31 December each year. Control is achieved where the Company has the power to govern the financial and operating policies of an investee entity so as to obtain benefits from its activities.

             The results of subsidiaries acquired or disposed of during the year are included in the consolidated income statement from the effective date of acquisition or up to the effective date of disposal, as appropriate. Where necessary, adjustments are made to the financial statements of subsidiaries to bring the accounting policies used in line with those used by the Company.

             Intra-group balances and transactions are eliminated on consolidation. Unrealised gains arising from transactions with equity-accounted investees are eliminated against the investment to the extent of the Group's interest in the investee. Unrealised losses are eliminated in the same way as gains, but only to the extent that there is no evidence of impairment.

             Critical accounting judgements and key sources of estimation uncertainty

             The preparation of the financial statements in conformity with UK - adopted International Accounting Standards requires the use of estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenue and expenses during the reporting period. Although these estimates are based on management's best knowledge of the amounts, events or actions, actual results ultimately may differ from these estimates. The estimates and underlying assumptions are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Revisions to accounting estimates are recognised in the period in which the estimate is revised. The material areas in which estimates and judgements are applied as follows:

             Goodwill and other intangible assets for impairment

             The Group is required to test, on an annual basis, whether goodwill and other intangible assets have suffered any impairment. Determining whether there has been any impairment requires an estimation of the fair value in use of the cash-generating units. The value in use calculation requires the Directors to estimate the future cash flows expected to arise from the cash-generating unit and a suitable discount rate in order to calculate the present value, the discount rate applied is 16.15% (2022: 11.83%) and the carrying value of goodwill and other intangible assets is set out in the table below (notes 11 and 13):

 


Group

 


2023

 

2022

 


 

 

Exclusive FIDE rights

331,588


442,117

 

Software Licences

59,000


82,000

 

Online Platform

2,692,024


2,239,033

 

             Crypto-assets valuation

             The Group has historically received some sponsorship revenue in the form of crypto-assets which it has converted to fiat currencies at the earliest opportunity, usually upon receipt or in accordance with an agreed schedule of conversion.  The Group has not traded in crypto-assets to date and such activities do not form part of its strategy.

             The Group has the objective of converting crypto-assets into fiat currency, predominately US Dollars or Euros at the earliest opportunity; the rate of exchange for crypto-assets can be volatile with significant increases and decreases occurring in a few hours, the decision of when to convert crypto-assets into fiat currency is a key source of uncertainty and estimation.

             Crypto-assets held by the Group are shown within intangible assets on the Consolidated Statement of Financial Position at the prevailing exchange rate (see note 11).

 


Group

 

Company

 


2023

 

2022

 

2023

 

2022

 


 

 

 

 

Crypto-assets

4,215


208


-


-

 

             Legal proceedings provisions

             Provisions for legal proceedings are recognised as other expenses when the Group has a present legal or constructive obligation as a result of past events; it is probable that an outflow of resources will be required to settle the obligation; and the amount can be measured reliably. At the Statement of Financial Position date there is an ongoing claim with one supplier, if the claim is successful then an invoice, amounting to €1,140,000, will become payable. The invoice is not included in the accounts as the Directors consider it to be null and void and raised by the supplier in breach of contract (see note 28).

             Revenue recognition

             Revenue is recognised to the extent that it is probable that the economic benefits will flow to the Company and the revenue can be reliably measured. Revenue from sale of goods is recognised when control of the goods has transferred to the customer. Revenue is measured as the fair value of the consideration received or receivable, excluding discounts, rebates, value added tax and other sales taxes.

             Any revenue received in advance gives rise to contract liabilities which is deferred and included in accruals and deferred income. The carrying amount of the deferred income included in payables being €650,098 (2022: €959,012).

No obligation for returns, refunds or other similar obligation is recognised, the Directors following careful consideration, having concluded that any potential obligation is trivial.

             The following criteria must also be met before revenue is recognised:

             Sale of goods

             Revenue from the sale of goods is recognised when all the following conditions are satisfied:

·      The Company has transferred the significant risks and rewards of ownership to the buyer;

·      The Company retains neither continuing managerial involvement to the degree usually associated with ownership nor effective control over the goods sold;

·      The amount of revenue can be measured reliably;

·      It is probable that the Company will receive the consideration due under the transaction; and

·      The costs incurred or to be incurred in respect of the transaction can be measured reliably.

             Rendering of services

             Revenue from a contract to provide services is recognised in the period in which the services are provided in accordance with the stage of completion of the contract when all of the following conditions are satisfied:

·      The amount of turnover can be measured reliably;

·      It is probable the Company will receive the consideration due under the contract;

·      The stage of completion of the contract at the end of the reporting period can be measured reliably; and

·      The costs incurred and the costs to complete the contract can be measured reliably.

The policies specific to the Group's revenue types within its activities are outlined below:

             Events

             Revenue is recognised in the period in which the event takes place; revenue is typically linked to multiyear agreements where payment is received in advance of the event to which it relates.

             Online income

             Revenue is recognised over the period of the subscription; online subscriptions are paid annually in advance.

             Merchandising and Clubs

             Revenue is recognised when control of the goods has transferred to the customer; typically, control is transferred upon payment by the customer.

             Collateral rewards received

             The Group was entitled to the interest receivable on collateral provided in crypto-assets by a partner to secure a loan. The interest receivable was in exchange for share options provided to the partner. The share options were exercised in January 2021 and the loan was repaid and the collateral returned in January 2022. In 2023 rewards of €nil (2022: €9,142) were recognised within exceptional items in the Consolidated Statement of Profit or Loss and Other Comprehensive Income.

             Segment reporting

             IFRS 8 Operating Segments requires operating segments to be identified and reported in a manner consistent with the internal reporting provided to chief operating decision maker ('CODM'), who is responsible for allocating resources and assessing performance of the operating segments as identified by the Directors.

             The Directors have reviewed the Group's activities and consider the Group to comprise a single line of business being a mass market promoter of chess. Within the single line of business, the Group undertakes integrated revenue generating activities across tournaments, an online platform and merchandise and clubs. These revenue generating activities are closely aligned within a business model which seeks to promote a chess community across tournaments, online and physical environments.

             The individual revenue generating activities are managed in an integrated way by the CODM and executive management team who review financial information on the same integrated way. The Group has geographically separate operations and a geographic split of revenue as well as the split between the revenue types within its activities is included in note 3.

             Cash and cash equivalents

             Cash represents cash in hand and deposits held on demand with financial institutions. Cash equivalents are short-term, highly-liquid investments with original maturities of three months or less (as at their date of acquisition). Cash equivalents are readily convertible to known amounts of cash and subject to an insignificant risk of change in that cash value.

             In the presentation of the Statement of Cash Flows, cash and cash equivalents also include bank overdrafts. Any such overdrafts are shown within borrowings under 'current liabilities' on the Statement of Financial Position.

             Goodwill

             Goodwill is recorded as an intangible asset and is the surplus of the cost of acquisition over the fair value of identifiable net assets acquired. Goodwill is reviewed annually for impairment.   Any impairment identified as a result of the review is charged in the Statement of Profit or Loss and Other Comprehensive Income.

             Crypto-assets

             Included within intangible assets are crypto-assets held in the Group's name in the Binance crypto exchange, the Group has not traded in crypto-assets to date and such activities do not form part of its strategy. The crypto-assets are not held as long-term investments, nor do they form part of the Group's inventory. The Group's strategy is to convert crypto-assets to fiat currencies at the earliest opportunity, usually upon receipt or in accordance with an agreed schedule of conversion. 

             Any crypto-assets received are recognised at the exchange rate prevailing at the date that the risk and reward associated with the crypto-asset passes to the Group. Where the exchange rate of the crypto-assets has a guaranteed minimum floor price, a receivable is recognised for any short-fall.

             Crypto-assets are not amortised but are reviewed for impairment if the prevailing exchange rate indicates their value has fallen below their carrying value. Any impairment or realised exchange gains on the conversion of crypto-assets to fiat currency are recognised within exceptional items on the Consolidated Statement of Profit or Loss and Other Comprehensive Income.

             Other intangible assets

             Amortisation is charged to the income statement on a straight-line basis over the estimated useful lives of intangible assets.

             Intangible assets are amortised from the date they are available for use. The estimated useful lives are as follows:

·      Exclusive rights to organise and host top level chess events in association with FIDE, the life of the contract, being ten years, using the straight-line method.

·      Capitalised costs associated with developing the online platform used for the FIDE Online Arena, ten years using the straight-line method.

·      Licences to operate certain software incorporated into the platform, the life of the contract, being five years. using the straight-line method.

             The basis for choosing these useful lives is with reference to the years over which they can continue to generate value for the Group.

             The Group reviews the amortisation year and methodology when events and circumstances indicate that the useful lives may have changed since the last reporting date and the amortisation charge for the year is included in Administrative Expenses in the Consolidated Statement of Profit or Loss and Other Comprehensive Income.

             Property, plant and equipment

             Depreciation is provided in order to write off each asset over its estimated useful life or, if held as a right-of-use asset, over the lease term, whichever is the shorter, which are typically.

·      Fixtures and fittings                   - Straight line over 5 years

·      Computer equipment                - Straight line over 3 years

             Financial instruments

             The Group only enters into basic financial instrument transactions that result in the recognition of financial assets and liabilities like trade and other receivables and payables, loans from banks and other third parties, loans to related parties and investments in non-puttable ordinary shares.

             Debt instruments (other than those wholly repayable or receivable within one year), including loans and other accounts receivable and payable, are initially measured at present value of the future cash flows and subsequently amortised cost using the effective interest method. Debt instruments that are payable or receivable within one year, typically trade receivables and payables, are measured, initially and subsequently, at the undiscounted amount of the cash or other consideration expected to be paid or received. However, if the arrangements of a short-term instrument constitute a financing transaction, like the payment of trade debt deferred beyond normal business terms or financed at a rate of interest that is not market rate or in the case of an out-right short-term loan not at market rate, the financial asset or liability is measured, initially, at the present value of the future cash flow discounted at a market rate of interest for a similar debt instrument and subsequently at amortised cost.

             Financial assets that are measured at cost and amortised cost are assessed at the end of each reporting period for objective evidence of impairment. If objective evidence of impairment is found, an impairment loss is recognised in the Consolidated Statement of Profit or Loss and Other Comprehensive Income.

             For financial assets measured at amortised cost, the impairment loss is measured as the difference between an asset's carrying amount and the present value of estimated cash flows discounted at the asset's original effective interest rate. If a financial asset has a variable interest rate, the discount rate for measuring any impairment loss is the current effective interest rate determined under the contract.

             For financial assets measured at cost less impairment, the impairment loss is measured as the difference between an asset's carrying amount and best estimate of the recoverable amount, which is an approximation of the amount that the company would receive for the asset if it were to be sold at the date of the Statement of Financial Position.

             Financial assets and liabilities are offset, and the net amount reported in the Statement of Financial Position when there is an enforceable right to set off the recognised amounts and there is an intention to settle on a net basis or to realise the asset and settle the liability simultaneously.

             Inventories

             Inventories of finished goods are valued at the lower of cost and net realisable value (the estimated selling price less the estimated costs to sell), after making due allowance for obsolete and slow-moving items.

             Taxation

             Current taxes are based on the results shown in the financial statements and are calculated according to local tax rules in the UK, USA and Germany where the Group operates, using tax rates enacted or substantively enacted by the date of the Statement of Financial Position.

             Current tax represents the amount of tax payable or receivable in respect of the taxable profit (or loss) for the current or past reporting periods. It is measured at the amount expected to be paid or recovered using the tax rates and laws that have been enacted or substantively enacted by the date of the Statement of Financial Position.

             Commercial legislation within the Russian Federation in which the Group operated prior to April 2022, including tax legislation, is subject to varying interpretations and frequent changes. The Group's management is confident that all necessary tax accruals have been made and, accordingly, no additional provision is required in the Consolidated Financial Statements.

             Deferred tax is recognised in respect of all timing differences that have originated but not reversed at the statement of financial position date.

             Deferred tax represents the future tax consequences of transactions and events recognised in the financial statements of current and previous periods. It is recognised in respect of all timing differences, with certain exceptions. Timing differences are differences between taxable profits and total comprehensive income as stated in the financial statements that arise from the inclusion of income and expense in tax assessments in periods different from those in which they are recognised in the financial statements. Unrelieved tax losses and other deferred tax assets are recognised only to the extent that it is probable that they will be recovered against the reversal of deferred tax liabilities or other future taxable profits.

             Deferred tax is measured using the tax rates and laws that have been enacted or substantively enacted by the balance sheet date that are expected to apply to the reversal of timing differences.

             Research and development

             Research and development expenditure is capitalised if it can be demonstrated that:

·      it is technically and commercially feasible to develop the asset for future economic benefit;

·      adequate resources are available to maintain and complete the development;

·      there is the intention to complete and develop the asset for future economic benefit;

·      the Group is able to use the asset;

·      use of the asset will generate future economic benefit; and

·      expenditure on the development of the asset can be measured reliably.

Other development expenditure is recognised in the Consolidated Statement of Profit and Loss as an expense as incurred.

             Capitalised development expenditure is stated at cost less accumulated amortisation and less accumulated impairment losses.

             Foreign currencies

             Assets and liabilities in foreign currencies are translated into euro at the rates of exchange ruling at the statement of financial position date. Transactions in foreign currencies are translated into euro at the rate of exchange ruling at the date of transaction. Exchange differences are taken into account in arriving at the operating result.

             IFRS 16 'Leases'

             Lease terms are negotiated on an individual basis and contain a wide range of different terms and conditions. Leases are recognised as a right-of-use asset and a corresponding liability at the date at which the leased asset is available for use by the Group. Each lease payment is allocated between the liability and finance cost. The finance cost is charged to the income statement over the lease period so as to produce a constant periodic rate of interest on the remaining balance of the liability for each period. 

             Where ownership of the right-of-use asset transfers to the lessee at the end of the lease term, the right-of-use asset is depreciated over the asset's remaining useful life. If ownership of the right-of-use asset does not transfer to the lessee at the end of the lease term, depreciation is charged over the shorter of the useful life of the right-of-use asset and the lease term.

             Assets and liabilities arising from a lease are initially measured on a present value basis. Lease liabilities include the net present value of the following lease payments:

·      Fixed payments (including in-substance fixed payments), less any lease incentives receivable;

·      Amounts expected to be payable by the lessee under residual value guarantees; and

·      Payments of penalties for terminating the lease, if the lease term reflects the lessee exercising that option.

The lease payments are discounted using the interest rate implicit in the lease, if that rate can be determined, or the Group's incremental borrowing rate. Right-of-use assets are measured at cost comprising the following:

·      The amount of the initial measurement of lease liability;

·      Any lease payments made at or before the commencement date less any lease incentives received; and

·      Any initial direct costs.

             Adoption of new and revised standards

             There are a number of standards, amendments to standards, and interpretations which have been issued by the IASB that are effective from 1 January 2023, none of which have a material impact on these financial statements.

             Standards issued but not yet effective

             There are a number of standards, amendments to standards, and interpretations which have been issued by the IASB that are effective in future accounting periods that the group has decided not to apply early. 

The following amendments are effective for the period beginning 1 January 2024;

·      IAS 1 Presentation of Financial Statements (Amendment - Classification of Liabilities as Current or Non-Current);

·      IFRS 16 Leases (Amendment - Liability in a sale and leaseback); and

·      IAS 7 and IFRS 7 (Amendment - Supplier Finance Arrangements).

             It is not expected that the amendments listed above, once adopted, will have a material impact on the financial statements.

             Financial liabilities

             The Group does not have financial liabilities that would be classified as fair value through the profit or loss. Therefore, all financial liabilities are classified as other financial liabilities.

             The Group use the amortised cost method for financial liabilities include borrowings, trade and other payables and are recognised at their original amount.

3           REVENUE


Revenue from contracts with customers

 

Revenue by business class

 

 

2023

 

2022

 

 

 

 

 


Tournaments



1,381,341


1,711,331


Online Arena



204,151


399,074


Clubs



163,305


110,335


Merchandising



596,695


  575,467 





2,345,492

 

2,796,207





 

 

 

 

 

By geographical area

 

 

2023

 

2022





 


United Kingdom



1,391,453


2,661,639


Russia



-


27,578


United States of America



51,804


50,540


Europe



902,235


56,450





2,345,492

 

2,796,207








             Major customer

             Included in Tournament revenue are revenues of €991,008 which are attributable to two major customers, being customers who each represent more than 10% of revenue; revenue attributable to the two major customers are Customer 1: €606,008 (2022: €1,163,411) and Customer 2: €385,000 (2022: €nil).

4           EMPLOYEES AND DIRECTORS

The aggregate payroll costs (including Directors not under employment contracts) were:

             Contributions to a defined contribution pension scheme on behalf of all employees of €1,544 (2022: €nil) were made during the year.

             In the opinion of the Board, only the Directors of the Company, as detailed in the Corporate Governance Report, are regarded as key management personnel. The remuneration of key management personnel during 2023 was, in aggregate, €491,490 (2022: €327,001).

             Contributions to a defined contribution pension scheme on behalf of directors of €1,283 (2022: €nil) were made during the year. 





2023

 

2022





 


Directors' remuneration:



491,490


327,001








             Further details of Directors', including Non-Executive Directors', remuneration and fees during the year are set out in the Directors Remuneration Report on page 31 of these consolidated financial statements.

             The highest paid director was Ilya Merenzon whose total remuneration was €210,000 (2022: €192,000).

             In 2023 Directors Remuneration included €nil (2022: €5,000) in respect of compensation for loss of office.

             The Group had no UK employees in 2023 and 2022 except the directors.

5           EXCEPTIONAL ITEMS

 

 

 

 

2023

 

2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

Listing costs

 

 

308,250


-

 

Exchange loss/(gain) on Crypto-assets

 

 

 18,526


(13,472)

 

Gain on disposal of World Chess Russia LLC

 

 

 -  


27,330

 

Collateral rewards received

 

 

 -  


9,142

 

 

 

 

326,776

 

23,000

             Listing Costs

             One-off costs associated with the Company's listing on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange in April 2023.

 

             Exchange loss/(gain) on Crypto-assets

             The majority of the crypto-assets held by the Group was converted into fiat currency on receipt, however where crypto assets are received in stablecoin which track the US Dollar variances occur between the USD value of the crypto assets received and their equivalent Euro value.

             Gain on disposal of World Chess Russia LLC

             In April 2022 the entire share capital of World Chess Russia LLC was disposed of as a result, a profit on disposal of €27,330 was recognised.

             Collateral rewards received

             The Group was entitled to the interest receivable on collateral provided in crypto-assets by a partner to secure a loan. The interest receivable was in exchange for share options provided to the partner. The share options were exercised in January 2021 and the loan was repaid and the collateral returned in January 2022.

6           NET FINANCE COSTS





2023

 

2022





 


Finance income:







Loan interest receivable



139


521





 139


521









Finance costs:







Other loan interest



27,898


179,610


Interest on IFRS 16 lease liabilities



163,495


157,850





191,393


337,460















7           LOSS BEFORE INCOME TAX

             The loss before income tax is stated after charging/(crediting):





2023

 

2022





 


Cost of inventories recognised as expense



2,166,390


2,090,754


Research costs expensed



90,124


88,874


Depreciation - owned assets



194,313


25,300


Depreciation - right-of-use assets



150,853


189,475


Exclusive FIDE rights amortisation



110,529


110,529


Licence amortisation



23,000


23,000


Computer software amortisation



364,542


284,632


Auditors' remuneration



109,908


72,641


Foreign exchange loss



1,970


9,790

            

             Amortisation of intangible assets is included in Administrative expenses in the Consolidated Statement of Profit or Loss and Other Comprehensive Income.

8           INCOME TAX

             Analysis of tax expense/(income)





2023

 

2022





 


Current tax:







Corporation tax



204


(255,983)









Deferred tax



13,425


(76,697)









Total tax expense/(income) in consolidated statement of profit or loss and other comprehensive income



13,629


(332,680)








             Factors affecting the tax expense

             The tax assessed for the year is lower (2022 - lower) the standard rate of corporation tax in the UK. The difference is explained below:





2023

 

2022





 


Loss before income tax



(4,671,470)


(2,794,368)









Loss multiplied by the standard rate of corporation tax in the UK of 23.52% (2022 - 19%)



(1,098,730)


(530,930)


Effect of:







Originations and reversal of temporary differences



13,425


(76,697)


Capital allowances in excess of depreciation



(262,437)


(74,706)


Non-taxable expenses



155,622


138,474


Tax losses carried forward



1,205,545


467,162


Research and development credit



-


(256,197)


Foreign tax



204


214


Tax expense/(income)



13,629


(332,680)








             The corporation tax in the UK increased from 19% to 25% on 1 April 2023 an equivalent annual rate of 23.52% for the year ended 31 December 2023.

9           LOSS OF PARENT COMPANY

             As permitted by Section 408 of the Companies Act 2006, statement of profit or loss and other comprehensive income of the parent company is not presented as part of these financial statements. The parent company's loss for the financial year was €1,542,691 (2022: €578,448).

10         EARNINGS PER SHARE

             The basic earnings per share is calculated by dividing the loss attributable to owners of the parent company by the weighted average number of shares in issue during the year. In calculating the diluted earnings per share, any outstanding share options, warrants and convertible loans are taken into account where the impact of these is dilutive.





2023

 

2022


Loss attributable to the owners of the parent company €



(4,685,099)


(2,461,688)


Weighted average number of shares in issue



650,232,851


597,912,402


Basic and diluted earnings per share



(€0.007)


(€0.004)

            

             After the reporting period, and as set out in note 32, 24,538,536 new ordinary shares were issued in February 2024 and the Company has agreed to issue a further 11,667,187 new ordinary shares in May 2024.

11         INTANGIBLE ASSETS

             Group



Exclusive FIDE rights

 

Software Licence

 

Online Platform

 

Crypto-assets

 

Total



 

 

 

 

 

COST

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


At 1 January 2023

  1,105,291


 115,000


  3,107,438


208


4,327,937


Additions

1,105,291


-


817,533


2,499,734


4,422,558


Disposals

(1,105,291)


-


-


(2,495,727)


(3,601,018)


At 31 December 2023

  1,105,291


 115,000


3,924,971


4,215


5,149,477

 

AMORTISATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


At 1 January 2023

 663,174


 33,000


 868,405


-


1,564,579


Amortisation for year

 110,529


 23,000


 364,542


-


 498,071


Additions

773.703


-


-


-


773.703


Elimination on disposals

(773,703)


-


-


-


(773,703)


At 31 December 2023

 773,703


 56,000


 1,232,947


 -  


 2,062,650

 

NET BOOK VALUE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


At 31 December 2023

 331,588


 59,000


 2,692,024


 4,215


 3,086,827












             The Exclusive FIDE rights were varied after the 2022 FIDE Grand Prix, this variation has been treated as the disposal if the original Exclusive FIDE rights and the acquisition of alternative Exclusive FIDE rights of the same cost and accumulated amortisation.



Exclusive FIDE rights

 

Software Licence

 

Online Platform

 

Crypto-assets

 

Total



 

 

 

 

 

COST

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


At 1 January 2022

1,105,291


115,000


2,307,572


1,367,910


4,895,773


Additions

-


-


 799,866


-


799,866


Disposals

-


-


-


(1,367,702)


(1,367,702)

 

At 31 December 2022

  1,105,291


 115,000


  3,107,438


208


4,327,937


AMORTISATION











At 1 January 2022

552,645


10,000


583,773


-


1,146,418


Amortisation for year

 110,529


 23,000


 284,632


-


418,161

 

At 31 December 2022

 663,174

 

 33,000

 

 868,405

 

-

 

1,564,579


NET BOOK VALUE











At 31 December 2022

 442,117


 82,000


 2,239,033


 208


 2,763,358

            

             The Directors considered the carrying value at 31 December 2023 for each asset identified above (except crypto-assets), based on a detailed budget and forecast, discounted over five years at the Groups current cost of capital, considered by the Directors to be 16.15%, and it was determined that no impairment was required. Where an asset does not generate cash inflows that are largely independent of the cash inflows from other assets or groups of assets the carrying value was considered against the smallest identifiable group of assets that generates cash inflows (cash generating unit or CGU).

             The Directors considered the carrying value at 31 December 2023 for crypto-assets based on the prevailing exchange rate at which the crypto-asset could readily be converted into US dollars or Euros and it was determined that no impairment was required.

12         PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT

Group



Right of use asset

 

Fixtures and fittings

 

Computer Equipment

 

Total



 

 

 

 

COST

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


At 1 January 2023

1,374,409


773,918


1,698


2,150,025


Additions

 120,705


 510,898


-


 631,603


Disposals

-


 (1,185)


-


 (1,185)


At 31 December 2023

 1,495,114


 1,283,631


 1,698


 2,780,443

 

DEPRECIATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


At 1 January 2023

137,441


59,802


1,698


198,941


Charge for year

 150,853


 194,313


-


 345,166


At 31 December 2023

 288,294


 254,115


 1,698


 544,107

 

NET BOOK VALUE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


At 31 December 2023

 1,206,820


 1,029,516


 -  


 2,236,336

 



Right of use asset

 

Fixtures and fittings

 

Computer Equipment

 

Total



 

 

 

 

COST

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


At 1 January 2022

441,942


212,236


1,698


655,876


Additions

1,374,409


635,818


-


2,010,227


Disposals

(441,942)


(74,136)


-


(516,078)


At 31 December 2022

1,374,409


773,918


1,698


2,150,025

 

DEPRECIATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


At 1 January 2022

419,908


85,424


1,698


507,030


Charge for year

189,475


25,300


-


214,775


Elimination on disposal

(441,942)


(50,922)


-


(492,864)


Exchange difference

(30,000)


-


-


(30,000)


At 31 December 2022

137,441


59,802


1,698


198,941

 

NET BOOK VALUE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


At 31 December 2022

1,236,968


714,116


-


1,951,084

 

          Included in the net book value of fixtures and fittings is €1,027,734 (2022: €647,083) relating to World Chess Club Berlin which was functionally complete at 31 December 2022 but did not yet fully open until May 2023.

13         GOODWILL

Group



2023

 

2022



 

 

COST

 

 

 


At 1 January

136,244


142,474


Disposal

(136,244


(6,230)


At 31 December

-


136,244

 

IMPAIRMENTS




 

At 1 January

136,244


142,474

 

Elimination on disposal

(136,244)


(6,230)


At 31 December

-


136,244

 

CARRYING VALUE




 

At 1 January

-


-


At 31 December

-


-






             Goodwill arose on the acquisition of World Chess Russia LLC and World Chess Digital Limited.

             World Chess Digital Limited was dormant throughout 2022 and remained dormant until it was dissolved on 15 September 2023.

             In 2022 the Group disposed of World Chess Russia LLC.

14         INVESTMENTS

Company

Shares in group undertakings



2023

 

2022



 

 

COST

 

 

 


At 1 January

351,616


251,616


Additions

-


275,000


Disposals

-


(175,000)


At 31 December

351,616


351,616


IMPAIRMENTS





At 1 January

50,000


225,000


Disposals

-


(175,000)


At 31 December

50,000


50,000

 

CARRYING VALUE

 

 

 

 

At 1 January

301,616


26,616


At 31 December

301,616


301,616






             The Directors considered the carrying value at 31 December 2023 for each group undertaking, identified below, based on a detailed budget and forecast, discounted over five years at the Groups current cost of capital, considered by the Directors to be 16.15% and it was determined that no further impairment was required.

             World Chess Digital Limited was dormant throughout 2022 and remained dormant until it was dissolved on 15 September 2023, the carrying value of the investment at 31 December 2022 and the date of disposal was €nil.

             In 2022 the Group disposed of World Chess Russia LLC.

             The Group's investments at the Statement of Financial Position date in the share capital of companies include the following subsidiaries:

             World Chess Events Limited

             Registered office: Eastcastle House, 27/28 Eastcastle Street, United Kingdom, W1W 8DH

             Nature of business: Organising chess events (Worldwide)

             Class of shares:                                           % holding
Ordinary                                                               100.00

 

             World Chess US, Inc

             Registered office: 1201 N. Orange Street, Suite 762, Wilmington, New Castle County, DE, USA 19801

             Nature of business: Organising chess events (USA), online chess

             Class of shares:                                           % holding
Ordinary                                                               100.00

 

             World Chess Europe GmbH

             Registered office: Mittelstrasse 51 - 53, 10117 Berlin, Deutschland

             Nature of business: Various chess related activities

             Class of shares:                                           % holding
Ordinary                                                               100.00

             During the year, World Chess PLC provided a capital contribution of €nil (2022: €275,000) to this company.

            

             World Chess Sakartvelo LLC

             Registered office: Georgia, City Tbilisi, Didube district, Ak. Tsereteli Avenue, N 49-51-51a, Entrance 3, Floor 13, Apartment N 128

             Nature of business: Organising chess events, chess club activities

             Class of shares:                                           % holding
Ordinary                                                               100.00

             This company was incorporated on 2 June 2022 but did not commence trading until 1 January 2023.

 

             World Chess Russia LLC

             Registered office: 123242, Moscow, Kudrinskaya Square, 1 room XIIB

             Nature of business: Organising chess events, chess club activities

             Class of shares:                                           % holding
Ordinary                                                               0.00

             In April 2022 the entire share capital in this company was disposed of.

            

             World Chess Digital Limited (formerly CNCweb Limited)

             Registered office: 21st Floor, Tay Chau Building, 262 Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong

             Nature of business: Operation of online chess platform

             Class of shares:                                           % holding
Ordinary                                                               0.00

             World Chess Digital Limited was dormant throughout 2022 and remained dormant until it was dissolved on 15 September 2023.

 

             The results of the subsidiaries identified above are included in the consolidated financial statements, results for World Chess Russia LLC are included up to April 2022. All subsidiaries are exempt from an audit except World Chess Events Ltd.

15         INVENTORIES

Group



2023

 

2022





Inventories:

187,018


187,691

16         TRADE AND OTHER RECEIVABLES



Group

 

Company



2023

 

2022

 

2023

 

2022



 

 

 


Current:









Trade receivables

29,668


452,754


 -


-


Amounts owed by group undertakings

-


-


5,769,981


4,905,195


Other receivables

 204,974


205,244


 1,306


12,362


Prepayments and accrued income

 21,822


4,568


 18,922


1,748



256,464


662,566


5,790,209


4,919,305

17         CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS


 

Group

 

Company


 

2023

 

2022

 

2023

 

2022


 

 

 

 


Bank accounts

 186,881


35,565


 21,366


6,242



 186,881


35,565


 21,366


6,242

18         CALLED UP SHARE CAPITAL


 

2023

 

2022


 

Number of shares

 

 

Number of shares

 


Allotted, issued, and fully paid Ordinary shares of £0.0001

667,193,501

 

75,647

 

602,392,689


68,260

 

             On 6 April 2023 the Company issued 49,650,972 new ordinary shares for total cash consideration of €3,475,568 and a further 14,861,840 new ordinary shares on the conversion of a loan totalling €1,040,329 and the entire issued share capital, comprising 666,905,501 ordinary shares were admitted for trading on the main market of the London Stock Exchange with ticker symbol CHSS.

             On 4 August 2023 a further 288,000 new ordinary shares were issued to the Company's broker in settlement of their brokerage fees of €20,823.

             At 31 December 2023 the number of additional shares authorised for issue is 100,000,000 (2022: 100,000,000).

19         SHARE PREMIUM



 

2022





At 1 January


5,520,114


Premium arising on issue of equity shares

 4,529,334


998,735


At 31 December

 11,048,183


6,518,849

20         RESERVES

             Share capital comprises the amount for the nominal value of shares issued.

             Share premium comprises the amount subscribed for share capital which exceeds the nominal value, after deducting costs of issue.

             Retained earnings comprises of the brought forward cumulative profit and loss balances carried forward from previous accounting periods.

             The translation reserve comprises all foreign currency differences arising from the translation of the financial statements of foreign operations.

21         TRADE AND OTHER PAYABLES



Group

 

Company



2023

 

2022

 

2023

 

2022



 

 

 











Trade payables

 728,213


657,006


 7,582


81,173


Amounts owed to group undertakings

 -  


-


212,044


2,783,767


Social security and other taxes

45,430


21,318


 8,250


-


Other payables

 1,526,843


2,650


 1,519,465


1,376


Accruals and deferred income

 962,151


1,296,317


 100,000


80,547


Amounts owed to Directors

 135,080


120,913


19,909  


3,296



 3,397,717


2,098,204


 1,867,250


2,950,159

 

             Included in accruals and deferred income at the start of the period was €679,087 (2022: €812,678) of deferred income which was recognised as revenue during the year.

22         FINANCIAL LIABILITIES - BORROWINGS



Group

 

Company



2023

 

2022

 

2023

 

2022



 

 

 


Current:









Other loans

 32,989


1,082,108


-


1,019,068


Lease liabilities (see note 23)

 116,208


95,686


-


-



 149,197


1,177,794


-


1,019,068











Non-current:









Other loans - 1-2 years

 -  


-


-


-


Lease liabilities (see note 23)

 1,304,273


1,308,003


-


-



 1,304,273


1,308,003


-


-

 

                Terms and debt repayment schedule

                Group



1 year or less

 

More than 1 year and less than 5 years

 

More than 5 years

 

Totals



 

 

 


Other loans

32,989


-


-


32,989


Lease liabilities (see note 23)

116,208


619,552


684,721


1,420,481



149,197


619,552


684,721


1,453,470

               

                Company

 


1 year or less

 

More than 1 year and less than 5 years

 

More than 5 years

 

Totals

 


 

 

 

 

Other loans

-


-


-


-

 









             At 31 December 2023 outstanding loans due in less than one year comprise a loan of €32,989 which accrues interest at 10% per year. (2022: loan of €1,019,068 which accrues interest at 8% per year and €63,040 which accrues interest at 10% per year.)

             On 6 April 2023, a loan totalling €1,040,329 including accrued interest was converted into new ordinary shares in the Company.

23         LEASES

Group
Right of use asset - property, plant, and equipment



2023

 

2022



 

 

COST

 

 

 


At 1 January

1,374,409


441,942


Additions

120,705


1,374,409


Disposals

-


(441,942)


At 31 December

1,495,114


1,374,409

 

DEPRECIATION

 

 

 


At 1 January

137,441


419,908


Charge for year

150,853


189,475


Elimination on disposal

-


(441,942)


Exchange difference

-


(30,000)


At 31 December

288,294


137,441

 

NET BOOK VALUE

 

 

 


At 31 December

1,206,820


1,236,968






All leases are accounted for in accordance with IFRS 16 Leases.




31 December 2023

 

31 December 2022

 

31 December 2021







Right of use asset


1,206,820


1,236,968


22,034


Lease liability


1,420,481


1,403,689


21,266

            

             A right-of-use asset was recognised in 2022 for a lease on premises to be occupied by World Chess Club Berlin for a term of 10 years ending on 31 December 2031 with an effective interest rate of 11.83%. An addition to the right of use asset of €120,705 was recognised during the year following an increase in lease payments following a review.

             In 2022 a right-of-use asset was disposed of during the year relating to premises occupied by the World Chess Club Moscow, the lease was for a term of 5 years ended on 30 April 2022 with an effective interest rate of 10.65%.

             Total finance lease interest for 2023 was €163,495 (2022: €157,850) as detailed in note 6.

             Right of use assets relating to lease properties are presented as property, plant, and equipment and amortised to the end of the lease term.

Group


Lease liabilities - minimum lease payments fall due as follows:

 


31 December 2023

1 year or less

 

More than 1 year and less than 5 years

 

More than 5 years

 

Totals



 

 

 


Gross obligations repayable:

267,408


1,069,632


802,224


2,139,264


Finance charges repayable:

(151,200)


(450,080)


(117,503)


(718,783)


Net obligations repayable:

116,208


619,552


684,721


1,420,481

 

 


31 December 2022

1 year or less

 

More than 1 year and less than 5 years

 

More than 5 years

 

Totals



 

 

 


Gross obligations repayable:

246,234


984,936


984,936


2,216,106


Finance charges repayable:

(150,548)


(474,791)


(187,078)


(812,417)


Net obligations repayable:

95,686


510,145


797,858


1,403,689

 

24         FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS

             All financial instruments are measured at amortised cost and financial instruments used by the Group, from which financial instrument risk arises are as follows:

·      trade and other payables

·      cash and cash equivalents; and

·      trade and other receivables

             The main purpose of these financial instruments is to finance the Group's operations.



2023

 

2022



 

 

Other financial assets

 

 

 


Trade and other receivables less than one year

 256,464


821,028


Cash and cash equivalents

 186,881


35,773

 

Total financial assets

 443,345

 

856,801

 



2023

 

2022



 

 

Other financial liabilities

 

 

 


Interest bearing loans and borrowings less than one year

 149,197


1,177,794


Trade and other payables less than one year

 3,397,717


2,098,199


Interest bearing loans and borrowings more than one year

 1,304,273


1,308,003

 

Total financial liabilities

 4,851,187

 

4,583,996

             The Directors consider that the carrying value for each class of financial asset and liability, approximates to their fair value.

             Financial risk management

             The Group's activities expose it to a variety of risks, including market risk (foreign currency risk and interest rate risk), credit risk and liquidity risk.  The Group manages these risks through an effective risk management programme, and, through this programme, the Board seeks to minimise the potential adverse effects on the Group's financial performance.

             Credit risk

             Credit risk is the risk of financial loss to the Group if a customer to a financial instrument fails to meet its contractual obligations.  The Group's credit risk is primarily attributable to its receivables and its cash deposits.  It is Group policy to assess the credit risk of new customers before entering contracts. The Group continues to assess the risk and a further loss allowance for the full lifetime expected credit losses is recognised if the credit risk has increased significantly since initial recognition. The Group consider any contractual payment being 30 days past due, and each subsequent period of 30 days, to be an indicator of a significant increase in credit risk which may require an additional loss allowance to be recorded.

             The risks specific to the Group's revenue types within its activities are outline below:

·      Events, payment is typically received in accordance with multi-year agreement in advance of the event to which it relates, the Directors therefore consider the credit risk to be non-trivial but minimal.

·      Online income, payment is typically received annually in advance, the Directors therefore consider the credit risk to be trivial.

·      Merchandising and Clubs, payment is typically received prior to control of goods purchased being transferred to the customer, the Directors therefore consider the risk to be non-trivial but minimal.

No credit loss was recognised in 2023 or 2022.

             Financial assets past due but not impaired as at 31 December 2023:



Not impaired and not past due

Not impaired but past due by the following amounts

 



 

>30 days

>60 days

>90 days

>120 days




Group: Trade and other receivables

236,187

 2,975

 1,098


 16,204


Company: Trade and other receivables

5,790,209

 -  

 -  

 -  

 -  









 

             Financial assets past due but not impaired as at 31 December 2022:



Not impaired and not past due

Not impaired but past due by the following amounts

 



 

>30 days

>60 days

>90 days

>120 days




Group: Trade and other receivables

646,901

-

-

-

15,635


Company: Trade and other receivables

4,919,305

-

-

-

-









 

             Liquidity risk and interest rate risk

             Liquidity risk arises from the Group's management of working capital.  It is the risk that the Group will encounter difficulty in meeting its financial obligations as they fall due.

             The Group's funding strategy is to ensure a mix of funding sources offering flexibility and cost effectiveness to match the requirements of the Group.

             At 31 December 2023 the Group had outstanding loans of €32,989 which accrues interest at a fixed rate of 10% per year.  (2022: €1,019,068 which accrued interest at a fixed rate of 8% per year and was secured by collateral put up by a partner company, and €63,040 which accrues interest at a fixed rate of 10%).

             Foreign currency risk

             The Group's exposure to foreign currency risk is limited as most of its invoicing and payments are denominated in Euro.  The Group identifies and manages currency risks using an integrated approach that takes into account the possibility of natural (economic) hedging.  For the purpose of short-term management of currency risk, the Group selects the currency to reduce the open currency position (the difference between assets and liabilities in foreign currencies).

             Analysis of sensitivity of financial instruments to foreign currency exchange rate risk

             Currency risk is assessed monthly using sensitivity analysis and maintained within parameters approved in accordance with the Group's policy.  At the reporting date, the effect of the Euro's growth/(depreciation) against other currencies in the Group's profit/(loss) before tax is not significant.

25         CAPITAL MANAGEMENT

             The Group's objective when managing capital is to safeguard the Group's ability to continue as a going concern, so that it can continue to provide returns to shareholders and benefits for other stakeholders.

             The Group's capital management strategy is to retain sufficient working capital for operating requirements and to ensure sufficient funding is available to meet commitments as they fall due and to support growth. There are no externally imposed capital requirements.

             The Group had net assets of €1,007,724 at 31 December 2023 (2022: €1,163,425), and to maintain or adjust the capital structure the Group may issue new shares of increase borrowings.



2023

 

2022



 


Interest bearing loans and borrowings

 (1,453,470)


(2,485,797)


Cash and cash equivalents

 186,881


35,565


Net indebtedness

 (1,266,589)


(2,450,232)

26         PROVISION FOR LIABILITIES

Group



2023

 

2022



 

 

PROVISIONS

 

 

 


At 1 January

 180,652

 

-


Dilapidations provision

 (22,765)

 

180,652


At 31 December

 157,887


180,652






             A dilapidations provision was recognised in 2022 relating to the estimated reinstatement costs at the expiry of a new 10-year lease ending on 31 December 2031.

27         DEFERRED TAX

Group

 


2023

 

2022

 


 

 

Balance at 1 January

(76,697)


(15,733)

 

Movement in current year

13,425


(60,964)

 

Balance at 31 December

(63,272)


(76,697)






             There are €6,397,725 (2022: €4,188,207) of tax losses available to the Group which at the applicable tax rate of 25% would provide an additional deferred tax asset of €1,169,681 (2022: €784,992).  This has not been recognised in the financial statements due to the uncertainty of the timing of future taxable profits against which these losses could be utilised.

             Deferred tax assets and liabilities are offset when the Company has a legally enforceable right to offset current tax assets and liabilities and the deferred tax assets and liabilities relate to taxes levied by the same tax authority.

             Analysis of deferred tax:



2023

 

2022



 


Timing differences arising on provisions for liabilities, lease liabilities and losses carried forward

(470,052)


(531,931)


Timing difference arising on capital allowances in excess of depreciation

406,780


455,234



(63,272)


(76,697)






28         CONTINGENT LIABILITIES

             The Group has an ongoing claim with one supplier, if the claim is successful then an invoice, amounting to €1,140,000, will become payable. The invoice is not included in the financial statements as the Directors consider it to be null and void and raised by the supplier in breach of contract.

29         RELATED PARTY DISCLOSURES

             Details of the Directors' remuneration and consultancy fees are disclosed in note 4.

             Group undertakings

             The following transactions took place during the year ended 31 December 2023 with and between group undertakings.



Payments to World Chess PLC

 

Payments to/ (receipts from) other group undertakings



 

 

World Chess Events Ltd

 

 

 


·      Payment of interest

29,152


 -


·      Purchase of inventory

-


 48,107


·      Sale of inventory

-


(21,289)


·      Staff and other services

78,791


 1,588,378


·      Commission paid on third party transactions

-


 58,810

 

World Chess Europe GmbH

 

 

 


·      Payment of interest

76,968


-


·      Purchase of inventory

-


21,289


·      Sale of Inventory

-


(48,107)


·      Provision of staff and other services

-


(674,815)

 

World Chess US Inc.

 

 

 


·      Commission charged on third party transactions



(58,810)


·      Provision of staff and other services

-


(637.563)


World Chess Sakartvelo LLC





·      Provision of staff and other services

-


(276,000)

 

             The following transactions took place during the year ended 31 December 2022 with and between group undertakings.



Payments to World Chess PLC

 

Payments to/ (receipts from) other group undertakings



 

 

World Chess Events Ltd

 

 

 


·      Payment of interest

12,331


-


·      Purchase of inventory

-


56,153


·      Sale of inventory

-


(3,823)


·      Commission paid on third party transactions

-


26,473


·      Interest received

-


(4,848)

 

World Chess Europe GmbH

 

 

 


·      Payment of interest

7,512


-


·      Purchase of inventory

-


3,823


·      Sale of Inventory

-


(56,153)

 

World Chess US Inc.

 

 

 


·      Commission charged on third party transactions

-


(26,473)


·      Payment of interest

-


4,848

 

             The following balances remained outstanding at 31 December 2023 from and between group undertakings.

 


Due to/(from) World Chess PLC

 

Due to/(from) other group undertakings

 

Total due to/(from) group undertakings

 


 

 

 

Ilya Merenzon

 (18,015)


 (115,171)


 (133,186)

 

Matvey Shekhovtsov

 (1,582)


 -  


 (1,582)

 

Neil Rafferty

 (312)


 -  


 (312)

 

Group undertakings






 

·      World Chess Events Ltd

 3,290,077


 781,529


 4,071,606

 

·      World Chess Europe GmbH

 2,479,904


 (737,526)


1,742,378

 

·      World Chess US Inc.

 (212,044)


 (25,652)


 (237,696)

 

·      World Chess Sakartvelo LLC

 -  


 (18,351)


 (18,351)

 


5,538,028


 (115,171)


 5,522,857

 

             The following balances remained outstanding at 31 December 2022 from and between group undertakings.

 


Due to/(from) World Chess PLC

 

Due to/(from) other group undertakings

 

Total due to/(from) group undertakings

 


 

 

 

Ilya Merenzon

(238)


(93,256)


(93,494)

 

Matvey Shekhovtsov

(2,818)


(24,600)


(27,418)

 

Group undertakings






 

·      World Chess Events Ltd

4,044,942


(2,005,174)


2,039,768

 

·      World Chess Europe GmbH

860,253


99,327


959,580

 

·      World Chess US Inc.

(2,783,767)


1,905,848


(877,919)

 


2,118,372


(117,855)


2,000,517

            

30         ULTIMATE CONTROLLING PARTY

             The ultimate controlling party is Ilya Merenzon by virtue of his shareholding in the Company.

31         SHARE-BASED PAYMENT TRANSACTIONS

On 4 August 2023 the Company issued 288,000 new ordinary shares to its sole broker, Novum Securities Limited, for the equivalent of €20,160 in settlement of its first year's fees.

32         SUBSEQUENT EVENTS

On 7 February 2024 the Company issued 21,663,386 new ordinary shares to an existing shareholder for total consideration of €1,508,737 and a further 2,867,152 new ordinary shares to Engiscent PTE Ltd, a development partner of the Company, in consideration for €200,000 of development work completed by Engiscent PTE Ltd.

On 8 February 2024 the Company announced that an existing shareholder had agreed to subscribe for 11,667,187 new ordinary shares for total consideration of €816,703 to be paid in five tranches between February 2024 and May 2024.

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