TIDMPEB

RNS Number : 3994L

Pebble Beach Systems Group PLC

30 April 2020

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 ("MAR"). Upon the publication of this announcement, the inside information is now considered to be in the public domain for the purposes of MAR.

Pebble Beach Systems Group plc

Results for the year ended 31 December 2019

Pebble Beach Systems Group plc (AIM: "PEB", "Pebble" or the "Group"), a leading global software business specialising in playout automation and content management solutions for the broadcast and streaming service markets, is pleased to announce its final results for the year ended 31 December 2019.

Financial Headlines

 
                                                    2019        2018 
-------------------------------------------  -----------  ---------- 
 
   Revenue                                      GBP11.2m     GBP9.2m 
 
 Gross Margin                                    GBP8.3m     GBP6.7m 
                                                     74%         73% 
 
 Adjusted EBITDA*                                GBP3.8m     GBP2.5m 
  % of Revenues                                      34%         27% 
 
 Adjusted earnings per share*                       2.5p        1.6p 
 
 Order Intake                                   GBP10.3m    GBP10.8m 
 
 Net cash inflow from operating activities       GBP2.0m     GBP1.7m 
 
 Net Debt                                        GBP8.4m     GBP9.4m 
 
 

Headlines

   --      Key financial metrics all ahead of the previous year 
   --      Gross margin improved to 74% (2018: 73%) 
   --      Adjusted* EBITDA improved materially to GBP3.8 million (2018: GBP2.5 million) 
   --      Net cash inflow from operating activities improved to GBP2.0 million (2018: GBP1.7 million) 

-- Extension to the bank credit facility until 30 November 2021, providing a stable capital base

   --      Net debt reduced from GBP9.4 million to GBP8.4 million during the year 

*Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, is EBITDA before non-recurring items and foreign exchange gains. Adjusted earnings per share is calculated on the same basis after taking account of related tax effects.

John Varney, Non-Executive Chairman of Pebble Beach Systems Group plc, said:

"2018 was a year of transformation, and 2019 has been a year of validation. We have shown that the steps we had taken were what the market, in which we occupy a leading position, needed. We won some fantastic new business, for example the order in excess of GBP600,000 that we secured from IMG. IMG were contracted by Amazon Prime Video to provide playout services for the high-profile live coverage of 20 premiership matches during December. The solution included Pebble Beach Systems' UHD-capable playout servers and control software for automated ad-insertion. We were delighted with this validation of our product suite and the commercial position that we have developed as a business.

We concluded the year having shown that we can both deliver upon our expectations and we can innovate. We are a key component of this industry that changes rapidly and is always at the forefront of technological innovation. We are fortunate to have some hugely talented individuals within Pebble Beach Systems who are constantly delivering new and exciting solutions that enable us to maintain our position as a leading supplier of broadcast automation to the world's largest broadcasters.

As we entered 2020, I was encouraged by the excellent progress we had made and the market positioning of our company.

Following the events of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic over the past several weeks, management undertook a risk assessment of its potential impact on our business, and assessed that it is unlikely that our customers will see a material downturn in demand with the potential reduction in advertising spend being offset with the potential for increased activity as populations turn towards media for information and entertainment during a time of isolation and uncertainty.

At this time management continue to believe that the virus does not necessitate any change to our strategy for growth but given the impact Coronavirus (Covid-19) is having across the world, we continue to monitor the situation very closely.

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The Company is quoted on the LSE AIM market (PEB.L). More information can be found at www.pebbleplc.com .

About Pebble Beach Systems

Pebble Beach Systems is a world leader in automation, channel in a box, integrated and virtualised playout technology, with scalable products designed for highly efficient multichannel transmission as well as complex news and sports television. Installed in more than 70 countries and with proven systems ranging from single up to over 150 channels in operation, Pebble Beach Systems offers open, flexible systems, which encompass ingest and playout automation, and complex file-based workflows. The Company trades in the US as Pebble Broadcast Systems.

Forward-looking statements

Certain statements in this announcement are forward-looking. Although the Group believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that these expectations will prove to be correct. Because these statements involve risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. The Group undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Nothing in this announcement should be construed as a profit forecast.

CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT

INTRODUCTION

2019 was another strong year of growth and cash generation. As we have done since I became Chairman, our strategy in the year was to walk the fine line between paying down our debt position whilst also reinvesting in the business to ensure that we are positioned at the forefront of the broadcasting industry. As the industry morphs ever more into one that is led by increasingly flexible, IP led products we have to anticipate these changes and ensure that we continue to be able to benefit from our industry relationships and know-how. Our mission is simple; by maintaining our disciplines on costs and by being focussed on growth we will provide value to our shareholders.

FINANCIAL RESULTS

Revenue for 2019 of GBP11.2 million vs 2018: GBP9.2 million.

Overall gross margin in 2019 was GBP8.3 million (74%) vs 2018: GBP6.7 million (73%).

Adjusted operating profit of GBP3.8m in 2019 vs 2018: GBP2.5 million before non-recurring items, depreciation and amortisation of GBP2.0 million (2018: GBP2.7 million) are deducted.

The Company continues to view investment in the development of new products and services as key to future growth and we will continue to invest in innovation and new technologies. In 2019, Pebble Beach Systems capitalised GBP1.0 million of development costs (amortised GBP0.8 million), (2018: GBP0.7 million) (amortised GBP0.8 million). We believe this is what puts Pebble Beach Systems at the forefront of the industry, and it is why we are able to win the contracts that we have seen in 2019.

Net finance costs were higher in 2019 reflecting the Group's pay-down of some of its revolving credit facility ("RCF") and overdraft being more than offset by the full year impact of a rate of 3.30% (2018: 3.30%) and the adoption of IFRS 16. The available RCF as at 31 December 2019 was brought down to GBP9.5 million, all of which had been drawn fully down (2018: GBP10.7 million, of which GBP10.7 million had been fully drawn down). Interest paid on the RCF was GBP0.4 million (2018: GBP0.3 million).

Liquidity risk continued to be reduced, with combined secured bank loans and trade and other payables being further reduced by GBP1.3 million from GBP15.3 million in 2018 to GBP14.0 million at the end of 2019.

Order intake for the full year was GBP10.3 million vs 2018: GBP10.8 million.

GOING CONCERN

The directors are required to make an assessment of the Company's and the Group's ability to continue to trade as a going concern.

At 31 December 2019 the Group's net debt was GBP8.4 million (2018: GBP9.4 million) comprising net cash of GBP1.1 million (2018: GBP1.3 million) and the drawn down RCF of GBP9.5 million (2018: GBP10.7 million).

We maintain a good relationship with our bank and on 10 February 2020 a 12-month extension to the current GBP9.5 million loan agreement was signed. The revision secures the facility until 30 November 2021 with banking covenants and a repayment schedule in place. As noted below, we have taken advantage of the Government's repayment holiday initiatives and have agreed to defer the first payment that was due on 30 June 2020 under our current Facility Agreement signed on 10 February 2020.

In order to assess the appropriateness of preparing the financial statements on a going concern basis, management prepared detailed projections of expected cash flows for a period of 3 years for review by the Board. These projections include the impact of margin improvement strategies and sales growth.

As part of the review, the Board considered sensitivities with regards to the timing of revenue growth coming from the transition in the broadcast industry from SDI to IP platforms. It looked at sensitivities regarding the improvement of gross margin. Additionally, it considered sensitivities regarding the ongoing revenue and cost assumptions, including the impact of Brexit and extreme and unlikely consequences resulting from the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

All the Group's employees and contractors are currently working from home, unless it is essential that they do otherwise. There has been minimal disruption, as remote working practices have been extended and adopted. "Virtual" trade shows have been held to replace those cancelled and significant new orders have been won since the restrictions were announced. Interest in our products that permit remote working is high.

The Board have concluded that the Group will have sufficient resources to meet its liabilities for the foreseeable future and therefore the Group and hence the Company remains a going concern.

BOARD CHANGES

As previously announced, the Board are delighted that Richard Logan will join the Board as a Non-Executive Director, effective 1 May 2020. Richard has had a highly successful career both in private companies and public companies, most recently serving as Chief Financial Officer at Iomart Group PLC a cloud computing company quoted on AIM, from 2006 until his retirement in 2018. Richard helped grow Iomart from a breakeven, GBP20 million revenue company to a quoted business with over the GBP100 million in revenue and adjusted EBITDA of GBP40 million. Whilst at Iomart, Richard oversaw 19 acquisitions, the full finance function along with the PLC corporate governance functions. Richard's experience and knowledge of the sector and public markets will be invaluable to the Group's future. Richard's roles within the industry will bring a valuable level of experience to the Board.

Robin Howe, Senior Independent Non-Executive Director will stand down at the close of the next AGM. Robin has been with the Group for 14 years and has provided invaluable support and consistency throughout his tenure, helping shape the role of the Board in recent times and has been an engaged mentor for senior members of the Company over many years. The Board wish Robin every success in his future endeavors.

TRADING OUTLOOK

2020 has started well with initial growth in our pipeline and order intake in line with management expectation of building on the success of the past two years.

In the past several weeks, it has become increasingly clear that the events surrounding the Coronavirus (Covid-19) has the potential to impact our strategic growth plans. As previously reported on 24 March 2020, management undertook a risk assessment of the potential impact of the virus to identify and implement any actions to mitigate said risk. As part of that review we assessed that it is unlikely that our customers will see a material downturn in demand; it is possible that they may experience an increase in demand as populations turn towards media for information and entertainment during a time of isolation and uncertainty, balancing out any potential downturn in advertising spend. At the same time, our ongoing focus on automation and remote support has allowed us to adapt to the global need to complete project implementations remotely.

In order to mitigate potential cash flow risks caused by uncertainties relating to Coronavirus (Covid-19), management undertook a further precaution by making a formal application for a Government capital repayment holiday. On 22 April 2020, our bank approved the deferment of the next loan repayment of GBP380,000 due on 30 June 2020 under our current Facility Agreement signed on 10 February 2020. Furthermore, the bank has indicated their support should a deferment of the September repayment be considered necessary, as global uncertainties around Coronavirus (Covid-19) become clear.

At this time management continue to believe that the virus does not necessitate any change to our strategy for growth but given the impact Coronavirus (Covid-19) is having across the world, we continue to monitor the situation very closely.

John Varney

Non-Executive Chairman's Statement

For the year ended 31 December 2019

FINANCIAL REVIEW

Divisions and Markets

For the year ended 31 December 2019

Continuing Operations

 
                            2019     2018   Change 
                           GBP'm    GBP'm        % 
-----------------------  -------  -------  ------- 
 Pebble Beach Systems       11.2      9.2    22.1% 
                                           ------- 
 Total Revenue              11.2      9.2    22.1% 
-----------------------  -------  -------  ------- 
 Pebble Beach Systems        4.4      2.9    54.1% 
 Central                   (0.6)    (0.4)    64.5% 
-----------------------  -------  -------  ------- 
 Total adjusted EBITDA       3.8      2.5    52.4% 
-----------------------  -------  -------  ------- 
 

Pebble Beach Systems has contributed GBP11.2 million of revenue and GBP4.4 million of EBITDA in 2019. Non-recurring items excluded from adjusted profit are GBPNil (2018: GBP0.3 million).

Goodwill impairment

In accordance with the requirements of IAS 36 'Impairment of assets', goodwill is required to be tested for impairment on an annual basis, with reference to the value of the cash-generating units ("CGU") in question. The carrying value of goodwill at 31 December 2019 is GBP3.2 million (2018: GBP3.2 million) and relates solely to Pebble Beach Systems. There is significant headroom between the carrying value and the value of the forecast discounted cash flows.

Non-recurring items

The Group charged GBPNil (2018: GBP0.3 million) of non-recurring costs to the consolidated income .

Cash flows

The Group held cash and cash equivalents of GBP1.1 million at 31 December 2019 (2018: GBP1.3 million). The table below summarises the cash flows for the year.

 
                                              2019    2018 
                                             GBP'm   GBP'm 
------------------------------------------  ------  ------ 
 
 Cash generated from operating activities      2.0     1.7 
 Net cash used in investing activities       (1.1)   (0.8) 
 Net cash used in financing activities       (1.1)   (0.8) 
 Effects of foreign exchange                     -       - 
------------------------------------------  ------  ------ 
 Net (decrease)/increase in cash and 
  cash equivalents                           (0.2)     0.1 
 Cash and cash equivalents at 1 January        1.3     1.2 
------------------------------------------  ------  ------ 
 Cash and cash equivalents at 31 December      1.1     1.3 
------------------------------------------  ------  ------ 
 

As at 31 December 2019 net debt was GBP8.4 million (cash GBP1.1 million and bank debt of GBP9.5 million). At the end of January 2020, net debt had reduced to GBP8.1 million. The Group was using GBP9.5 million of its available facilities in December 2019.

Foreign exchange

The principal exchange rates used by the Group in translating overseas profits and net assets into sterling are set out in the table below.

 
                                Average  Average  Year end  Year end 
                                   rate     rate      rate      rate 
Rate compared to GBP sterling      2019     2018      2019      2018 
------------------------------  -------  -------  --------  -------- 
US dollar                         1.277    1.335     1.321     1.277 
------------------------------  -------  -------  --------  -------- 
 

Risk management

The Board regularly reviews the full range of business risks facing the Group. The approach adopted is to identify, evaluate and manage the likely impact of risk on the Group's business objectives. Where the risks are unavoidable, they are managed through business controls and where appropriate through insurance and treasury activities.

The Group has a programme of regular risk assessment, which incorporates internal control reviews of both a financial and non-financial nature. A process of continuous review has been in place throughout the year at an operating company level to consider the risk environment and the effectiveness of controls. The results of reviews, initiatives and progress on implementing control improvements are regularly reported to the Board.

CONSOLIDATED GROUP INCOME STATEMENT

for the year ended 31 December 2019

 
                                                                       2019      2018 
                                                       Notes        GBP'000   GBP'000 
 
 Revenue                                                 3           11,200     9,174 
 Cost of sales                                                      (2,931)   (2,515) 
                                                              -------------  -------- 
 Gross profit                                                         8,269     6,659 
 Sales and marketing expenses                                       (2,044)   (2,163) 
 Research and development expenses                                  (1,298)   (1,222) 
 Administrative expenses                                            (2,247)   (1,759) 
 Foreign exchange losses/(gains)                                       (71)        28 
 Other expenses                                                       (889)   (1,723) 
 Operating profit/(loss)                                 4            1,720     (180) 
----------------------------------------------------  ------  -------------  -------- 
 Operating profit/(loss) is analysed as: 
 Adjusted earnings before interest, tax, 
  depreciation and amortisation                                       3,765     2,470 
 Non-recurring items                                   3, 4               -     (304) 
 Exchange (losses)/gains (charged)/credited 
  to the income statement                                              (71)        28 
----------------------------------------------------  ------  -------------  -------- 
 Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation 
  and amortisation (EBITDA)                                           3,694     2,194 
----------------------------------------------------  ------  -------------  -------- 
 Depreciation                                                         (238)     (127) 
 Amortisation and impairment of acquired 
  intangibles                                                         (889)   (1,419) 
 Amortisation of capitalised development 
  costs                                                               (847)     (828) 
 Finance costs                                           5            (393)     (296) 
 Finance income                                          5                2         4 
 Profit/(loss) before tax                                             1,329     (472) 
 Tax                                                     6               82       253 
                                                              -------------  -------- 
 Profit/(loss) for the year being loss attributable 
  to owners of the parent                                             1,411     (219) 
 Net result from discontinued operations                                 39       195 
                                                              -------------  -------- 
 Net result for the year                                              1,450      (24) 
 
 Earnings per share from continuing and 
  discontinued operations attributable to 
  the owners of 
  the parent during the year 
 Basic earnings/(loss) per share 
 From continuing operations                              7             1.1p    (0.2)p 
 From discontinued operations                                          0.0p      0.2p 
                                                              -------------  -------- 
 From profit/(loss) for the year                                       1.1p      0.0p 
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 Diluted earnings/(loss) per share 
 From continuing operations                              7             1.1p    (0.2)p 
 From discontinued operations                                          0.0p      0.2p 
                                                              -------------  -------- 
 From profit/(loss) for the year                                       1.1p      0.0p 
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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

for the year ended 31 December 2019

 
                                                      2019      2018 
                                                   GBP'000   GBP'000 
-----------------------------------------------   --------  -------- 
 
 Profit/(loss) for the financial year                1,450      (24) 
 Other comprehensive income - items that 
  may be reclassified subsequently to profit 
  or loss: 
 Exchange differences on translation of 
  overseas operations 
 - continuing operations                                19      (58) 
 - discontinued operations                               -         2 
 
 Total profit/(loss) for the year attributable 
  to owners of the parent                            1,469      (80) 
------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

for the year ended 31 December 2019

 
                                                               Capital 
                                      Ordinary     Share    redemption     Merger   Translation  Accumulated 
                                        shares   premium       reserve    reserve       reserve       losses     Total 
                                        GBP000    GBP000        GBP000     GBP000        GBP000       GBP000    GBP000 
------------------------------------  --------  --------  ------------  ---------  ------------  -----------  -------- 
At 1 January 2018                        3,115     6,800           617     29,778         (139)     (46,236)   (6,065) 
Retained loss for the year                   -         -             -          -             -         (24)      (24) 
Exchange differences on translation 
 of overseas operations                      -         -             -          -          (56)            -      (56) 
------------------------------------  --------  --------  ------------  ---------  ------------  -----------  -------- 
Total comprehensive expense 
 for the period                              -         -             -          -          (56)         (24)      (80) 
At 31 December 2018                      3,115     6,800           617     29,778         (195)     (46,260)   (6,145) 
------------------------------------  --------  --------  ------------  ---------  ------------  -----------  -------- 
At 1 January 2019                        3,115     6,800           617     29,778         (195)     (46,260)   (6,145) 
------------------------------------  --------  --------  ------------  ---------  ------------  -----------  -------- 
Share based payments: value 
 of employee services                        -         -             -          -             -           27        27 
------------------------------------  --------  --------  ------------  ---------  ------------  -----------  -------- 
Transactions with owners                     -         -             -          -             -           27        27 
------------------------------------  --------  --------  ------------  ---------  ------------  -----------  -------- 
Retained profit for the year                 -         -             -          -             -        1,450     1,450 
Adjustment to prior year losses 
 on adoption of IFRS 16                      -         -             -          -             -        (193)     (193) 
Exchange differences on translation 
 of overseas operations                      -         -             -          -            19            -        19 
------------------------------------  --------  --------  ------------  ---------  ------------  -----------  -------- 
Total comprehensive expense 
 for the period                              -         -             -          -            19        1,257     1,276 
------------------------------------  --------  --------  ------------  ---------  ------------  -----------  -------- 
At 31 December 2019                      3,115     6,800           617     29,778         (176)     (44,976)   (4,842) 
------------------------------------  --------  --------  ------------  ---------  ------------  -----------  -------- 
 

CONSOLIDATED GROUP STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

as at 31 December 2019

 
                                                              2019       2018 
                                                  Notes    GBP'000    GBP'000 
-----------------------------------------------  ------  ---------  --------- 
 Assets 
 Non-current assets 
 Intangible assets                                           4,671      5,422 
 Property, plant and equipment                               1,182        232 
 Deferred tax assets                                             3          3 
                                                         ---------  --------- 
                                                             5,856      5,657 
                                                         ---------  --------- 
 Current assets 
 Inventories                                                   140        210 
 Trade and other receivables                                 3,468      2,391 
 Current tax assets                                              -         12 
 Cash and cash equivalents                                   1,144      1,269 
                                                         ---------  --------- 
                                                             4,752      3,882 
 Liabilities 
 Current liabilities 
 Financial liabilities - borrowings                          1,520      1,100 
 Trade and other payables                                    4,466      4,287 
 Provisions for other liabilities and charges                    -        367 
 Lease liabilities - current                                   139          - 
                                                         ---------  --------- 
                                                             6,125      5,754 
                                                         ---------  --------- 
 
 Net current liabilities                                   (1,373)    (1,872) 
                                                         ---------  --------- 
 
 Non-current liabilities 
 Financial liabilities - borrowings                          8,030      9,550 
 Lease liabilities - non-current                             1,046          - 
 Deferred tax liabilities                                      249        380 
                                                             9,325      9,930 
                                                         ---------  --------- 
 
 Net assets                                                (4,842)    (6,145) 
-----------------------------------------------  ------  ---------  --------- 
 
 
   Equity attributable to owners of the parent 
 Ordinary shares                                    9        3,115      3,115 
 Share premium account                              9        6,800      6,800 
 Capital redemption reserve                         9          617        617 
 Merger reserve                                             29,778     29,778 
 Translation reserve                                         (176)      (195) 
 Retained earnings                                        (44,976)   (46,260) 
                                                         ---------  --------- 
 Total equity                                              (4,842)    (6,145) 
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CONSOLIDATED GROUP STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

for the year ended 31 December 2019

 
                                                         2019       2018 
                                              Notes   GBP'000    GBP'000 
-------------------------------------------  ------  --------  --------- 
 Cash flows from operating activities 
 Cash generated from operations                 8       2,423      2,039 
 Interest paid                                          (393)      (295) 
 Taxation paid                                           (38)       (25) 
                                                     --------  --------- 
 Net cash from operating activities                     1,992      1,719 
                                                     --------  --------- 
 
 Cash flows from investing activities 
 Interest received                                          2          4 
 Proceeds from sale of property, plant and 
  equipment                                                 -          3 
 Purchase of property, plant and equipment               (61)       (88) 
 Expenditure on capitalised development 
  costs                                                 (985)      (728) 
 
 Net cash used in investing activities                (1,044)      (809) 
                                                     --------  --------- 
 
 Cash flows from financing activities 
 Net cash used in repayment of financing 
  activities                                   10     (1,100)      (850) 
 Net cash used in financing activities                (1,100)      (850) 
                                                     --------  --------- 
 Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash 
  equivalents and overdrafts                            (152)         60 
 Effect of foreign exchange rate changes       10          27       (40) 
                                                     --------  --------- 
 Cash and cash equivalents and overdrafts 
  at 1 January                                          1,269      1,249 
 Cash and cash equivalents and overdrafts 
  at 31 December                                        1,144      1,269 
                                                     --------  --------- 
 
 Net debt comprises: 
 Cash and cash equivalents and overdrafts               1,144      1,269 
 Borrowings                                           (9,550)   (10,650) 
                                                     --------  --------- 
 Net debt at 31 December                       10     (8,406)    (9,381) 
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NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

for the year ended 31 December 2019

   1.   GENERAL INFORMATION 

The Pebble Beach Systems Group is a leading global software business specialising in solutions for playout automation, and content serving customers in the broadcast markets.

The Company is a public limited company and is quoted on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London stock exchange. The Company is incorporated and domiciled in the UK. The address of its registered office is 12 Horizon Business Village, 1 Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0TJ.

The registered number of the Company is 04082188.

This results announcement was approved for issue at close of business on 29 April 2020.

   2.   BASIS OF PREPARATION 

The Group financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union (IFRS), IFRIC interpretations and the Company Act 2006 applicable to companies reporting under IFRS.

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with IFRS requires the use of certain critical accounting estimates. It also requires management to exercise judgment in the process of applying the Group's accounting policies. The areas involving a higher degree of judgment or complexity, or areas where assumptions and estimates are significant to the Group financial statements are disclosed in note 4 of the Group financial statements.

During the current reporting period IFRS 16 Leases became effective. The Group has adopted the modified retrospective approach to implementation. Accordingly, comparative periods have not been restated.

From 1 January 2019, at inception of a contract, the Group assesses whether it is, or contains, a lease. A contract is, or contains, a lease if it conveys the right to control the use of an identified asset for a time in exchange for consideration. A contract conveys the right to control the use of an asset, if the Group receives substantially all the economic benefits from its use over time and controls how it is used.

At inception or on reassessment of a contract that contains a lease component, the Group allocates the consideration in the contract to each lease component based on their relative stand-alone prices.

For contracts entered into before 1 January 2019, the Group determined whether the arrangement was or contained a lease using the same assessment.

The Group recognises a right-of-use asset and a lease liability at the lease commencement date. The right of-of-use asset is initially measured at cost. Cost comprises the initial amount of the lease liability, adjusted for any lease payments made at or before the commencement date, plus any initial direct costs incurred and an estimate of costs to dismantle and remove the underlying asset or the site on which it is located, less any lease incentives received.

The right-of-use asset is subsequently depreciated using the straight-line method from the commencement date to the earlier of the end of its useful life or the end of the lease term. Useful life is determined on the same basis as other property and equipment.

The lease liability is initially measured at the present value of the lease payments that are not paid at the commencement date, discounted using the interest rate implicit in the lease, or if that cannot be determined, the Group's incremental borrowing rate. Generally, the Group uses its incremental borrowing rate as the discount rate. The lease liability is measured at amortised cost using the effective interest method.

The Group has elected not to recognise right-of-use assets and lease liabilities for leases that have a term of 12 months or less. The Group recognises the payments associated with these leases as an expense on a straight-line basis over the lease term.

Under the previous policy none of the Group's leases were classified as finance leases. Payments made under operating leases were recognised in profit or loss on a straight-line basis over the term of the lease. Lease incentives received were recognised as an integral part of the total lease expense, over the term of the lease.

The cumulative impact of the adoption of IFRS 16 has been accounted for as an adjustment to equity. For leases classified as operating leases in 2018 the Group did not recognise related assets or liabilities, and instead charged the cost to the income statement on a straight-line basis over the period of the lease and disclosed its total commitment in the notes to the financial statements. Instead of recognising an operating expense for its operating lease payments, the Group has recognised GBP42,000 interest on its lease liabilities and GBP134,000 amortisation on its right of use assets. Adjusted EBITDA has increased by GBP167,000 resulting from the reclassification of operating lease cost. It has not had a material effect on the Group's income or net assets.

The financial information contained in these condensed financial statements does not constitute the Company's statutory accounts within the meaning of the Companies Act 2006. Statutory accounts for the years ended 31 December 2019 and 31 December 2018 have been reported on, without qualification or drawing attention to any matters by way of emphasis, by the Company's auditor and do not contain a statement under s.498 (2) or s.498 (3) of the Companies Act 2006. Whilst the financial information included in this Annual Financial Report Announcement has been computed in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"), this announcement, due to its condensed nature, does not itself contain sufficient information to comply with IFRS.

In order to comply with the regulatory requirement to include un-edited text in this Annual Financial Report Announcement, page and note references refer to page and note numbers in the Annual Financial Report 2019.

The statutory accounts for the year ended 31 December 2019, prepared under IFRS, will be delivered to the Registrar in due course. The Group's principal accounting policies as set out in the 2019 statutory accounts have been applied consistently in all material respects.

GOING CONCERN

The directors are required to make an assessment of the Company's and the Group's ability to continue to trade as a going concern.

At 31 December 2019 the Group's net debt was GBP8.4 million (2018: GBP9.4 million) comprising net cash of GBP1.1 million (2018: GBP1.3 million) and the drawn down RCF of GBP9.5 million (2018: GBP10.7 million).

We maintain a good relationship with our bank and on 10 February 2020 a 12-month extension to the current GBP9.5 million loan agreement was signed. The revision secures the facility until 30 November 2021 with banking covenants and a repayment schedule in place.

In order to assess the appropriateness of preparing the financial statements on a going concern basis, management prepared detailed projections of expected cash flows for a period of 3 years for review by the Board. These projections include the impact of margin improvement strategies and sales growth.

As part of the review, the Board considered sensitivities with regards to the timing of revenue growth coming from the transition in the broadcast industry from SDI to IP platforms. It looked at sensitivities regarding the improvement of gross margin. Additionally, it considered sensitivities regarding the ongoing revenue and cost assumptions, including the impact of Brexit and extreme and unlikely consequences resulting from the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

All the Group's employees and contractors are currently working from home, unless it is essential that they do otherwise. There has been minimal disruption, as remote working practices have been extended and adopted. "Virtual" trade shows have been held to replace those cancelled and significant new orders have been won since the restrictions were announced. Interest in our products that permit remote working is high.

The Board have concluded that the Group will have sufficient resources to meet its liabilities for the foreseeable future and therefore the Group and hence the Company remains a going concern.

   3.   SEGMENTAL REPORTING 

The Group's internal organisational and management structure and its system of internal financial reporting to the Board of Directors comprise of Pebble Beach Systems Limited and Central costs. The chief operating decision-maker has been identified as the Board.

The Board reviews the Group's internal financial reporting in order to assess performance and allocate resources. Management have therefore determined that the operating segments for the Group will be based on these reports.

The Pebble Beach Systems Limited business is responsible for the sales and marketing of all Group software products and services.

The table below shows the analysis of Group external revenue and operating profit from continuing operations by business segment.

 
                                                          Pebble   Central      Total 
                                                   Beach Systems              GBP'000 
-----------------------------------------------  ---------------  --------  --------- 
 Year to 31 December 2019 
 Broadcast                                                11,200         -     11,200 
 Total revenue                                            11,200         -     11,200 
                                                 ---------------  --------  --------- 
 Adjusted EBITDA                                           4,418     (653)      3,765 
 Depreciation                                              (238)         -      (238) 
 Amortisation of acquired intangibles                      (889)         -      (889) 
 Amortisation of capitalised development 
  costs                                                    (847)         -      (847) 
 Exchange (losses)/gains                                    (78)         7       (71) 
 Finance costs                                              (42)     (351)      (393) 
 Finance income                                                2         -          2 
 Intercompany finance income/(costs)                         128     (128)          - 
                                                 ---------------  --------  --------- 
 Profit/(loss) before taxation                             2,454   (1,125)      1,329 
 Taxation                                                     84       (2)         82 
                                                 ---------------  --------  --------- 
 Profit/(loss) for the year being attributable 
  to owners of the parent                                  2,538   (1,127)      1,411 
 
 Year to 31 December 2018 
 Broadcast                                                 9,174         -      9,174 
 Total revenue                                             9,174         -      9,174 
                                                 ---------------  --------  --------- 
 Adjusted EBITDA                                           2,867     (397)      2,470 
 Depreciation                                              (127)         -      (127) 
 Amortisation of acquired intangibles                    (1,419)         -    (1,419) 
 Amortisation of capitalised development 
  costs                                                    (828)         -      (828) 
 Non-recurring items                                     (3,858)     3,554      (304) 
 Exchange (losses)/gains                                      46      (18)         28 
 Finance costs                                                 -     (296)      (296) 
 Finance income                                                3         1          4 
 Intercompany finance income/(costs)                         118     (118)          - 
                                                 ---------------  --------  --------- 
 (Loss)/profit before taxation                           (3,198)     2,726      (472) 
 Taxation                                                    254       (1)        253 
                                                 ---------------  --------  --------- 
 Profit/(loss) for the year being attributable 
  to owners of the parent                                (2,944)     2,725      (219) 
-----------------------------------------------  ---------------  --------  --------- 
 

Geographic external revenue analysis

The revenue analysis in the table below is based on the geographical location of the customer for continuing operations of the business.

 
                        2019        2018 
 
                       Total       Total 
                     GBP'000     GBP'000 
----------------  ----------  ---------- 
 By market 
 UK & Europe           5,272       4,820 
 North America           982         585 
 Latin America         1,602         513 
 Middle East 
  and Africa           3,114       2,931 
 Asia / Pacific          230         325 
                      11,200       9,174 
----------------  ----------  ---------- 
 

Net assets

The table below summarises the net assets of the Group by division. Balance sheet reporting is disclosed by the divisional assets and liabilities of the Group as this is consistent with the presentation of internal information provided to the Executive Management Board and the Board of Directors.

 
                             2019       2018 
                          GBP'000    GBP'000 
----------------------  ---------  --------- 
 By division: 
 Pebble Beach Systems       4,977      5,308 
 Central                  (9,819)   (11,453) 
                          (4,842)    (6,145) 
----------------------  ---------  --------- 
 
   4.   OPERATING PROFIT 

The following items have been included in arriving at the operating profit for the continuing business:

 
                                                                 2019       2018 
                                                              GBP'000    GBP'000 
---------------------------------------------------------  ----------  --------- 
 Depreciation of property, plant and equipment                    238        127 
 Amortisation of acquired intangibles                             889      1,419 
 Operating lease rentals                                            -        167 
 Exchange losses/(gains) charged /(credited) 
  to profit and loss                                               71       (28) 
 Research and development expenditure expensed 
  in the year which includes:                                   1,298      1,222 
 
   *    Amortisation of capitalised development costs             847        828 
---------------------------------------------------------  ----------  --------- 
 
 
 
   Non-recurring items 
 
   The following items are excluded from management's assessment of 
   profit because by their nature they could distort the Group's underlying 
   quality of earnings. They are excluded to reflect performance in 
   a consistent manner and are in line with how the business is managed 
   and measured on a day-to-day basis: 
 
                                                                 2019       2018 
                                                              GBP'000    GBP'000 
---------------------------------------------------------  ----------  --------- 
 
 Rationalisation and Redundancy costs                               -        358 
 Provision for former executive debt                                -       (54) 
                                                                    -        304 
---------------------------------------------------------  ----------  --------- 
 
   5.   FINANCE COSTS - NET 
 
                                                   2019        2018 
                                                GBP'000     GBP'000 
-------------------------------------------  ----------  ---------- 
 Interest expense for bank borrowing                351         296 
 Interest expense for leasing arrangements           42           - 
 Finance costs                                      393         296 
 Finance income                                     (2)         (4) 
 Finance costs - net                                391         292 
-------------------------------------------  ----------  ---------- 
 

Finance income is derived from cash held on deposit.

   6.   INCOME TAX EXPENSE 
 
                                              2019       2018 
                                           GBP'000    GBP'000 
---------------------------------------  ---------  --------- 
 
 Current tax 
 UK corporation tax                              -         27 
 Foreign tax - current year                     50          - 
 Adjustments in respect of prior years           -       (11) 
---------------------------------------  ---------  --------- 
 Total current tax                              50         16 
---------------------------------------  ---------  --------- 
 
 Deferred tax 
 UK corporation tax                          (132)      (269) 
 Adjustments in respect of prior years           -          - 
---------------------------------------  ---------  --------- 
 Total deferred tax                          (132)      (269) 
---------------------------------------  ---------  --------- 
 
 Total taxation                               (82)      (253) 
---------------------------------------  ---------  --------- 
 

The UK corporation tax rate decreased from 20 per cent to 19 per cent from 1 April 2017. Changes to the UK corporation tax rates were substantively enacted on 7 September 2016. These include reductions to the main rate to reduce the rate to 17 per cent from 1 April 2020.

Deferred tax has been provided for at the rate of 17 per cent (2018: 17 per cent).

   7.   EARNINGS PER ORDINARY SHARE 

Basic earnings per share is calculated by dividing the earnings attributable to ordinary shareholders by the weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding during the year.

For diluted earnings per share the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue is adjusted to assume conversion of all dilutive potential ordinary shares. The dilutive shares are those share options granted to employees where the exercise price is less than the average market price of the company's ordinary shares during the year.

Reconciliations of the earnings and weighted average number of shares used in the calculations are set out below.

 
                                               2019                                2018 
                                             Weighted                             Weighted 
                                              average                              average    Earnings 
                                               number     Earnings                  number         per 
                                Earnings    of shares    per share   Earnings    of shares       share 
                                 GBP'000        '000s        pence    GBP'000        '000s       pence 
-----------------------------  ---------  -----------  -----------  ---------  -----------  ---------- 
 Basic earnings per share 
 Profit/(loss) attributable 
  to continuing operations         1,411                      1.1p      (219)                   (0.2)p 
 Profit attributable 
  to discontinued operations          39                      0.0p        195                     0.2p 
-----------------------------  ---------  -----------  -----------  ---------  -----------  ---------- 
 Basic earnings/(loss) 
  per share                        1,450      124,477         1.1p       (24)      124,477        0.0p 
-----------------------------  ---------  -----------  -----------  ---------  -----------  ---------- 
 Diluted earnings per 
  share 
 Profit/(loss) attributable 
  to continuing operations         1,411                      1.1p      (219)                   (0.2)p 
 Profit attributable 
  to discontinued operations          39                      0.0p        195                     0.2p 
-----------------------------  ---------  -----------  -----------  ---------  -----------  ---------- 
 Diluted earnings/(loss) 
  per share                        1,450      124,577         1.1p       (24)      124,477        0.0p 
-----------------------------  ---------  -----------  -----------  ---------  -----------  ---------- 
 

Potential ordinary shares were non-dilutive in prior years because they would decrease the loss per share from continuing operations.

Adjusted earnings

The directors believe that adjusted EBITDA, adjusted profit before tax, adjusted earnings and adjusted earnings per share provide additional useful information on underlying trends to shareholders. These measures are used by management for internal performance analysis and incentive compensation arrangements. The term "adjusted" is not a defined term used under IFRS and may not therefore be comparable with similarly titled profit measurements reported by other companies. The principal adjustments are made in respect of the amortisation of acquired intangibles and capitalised development costs, non-recurring items and exchange gains or losses charged to the income statement and their related tax effects.

The reconciliation between reported and underlying earnings and basic earnings per share is shown below:

 
                                                   2019                    2018 
-----------------------------------------  -------------------  ---  --------------- 
                                            Earnings               Earnings 
                                             GBP'000                GBP'000 
                                                        Pence                     Pence 
 Reported profit/(loss) per share 
  - continuing operations                      1,411     1.1p         (219)      (0.2)p 
 Depreciation                                    198     0.2p           105        0.1p 
 Amortisation of acquired intangibles 
  after tax                                      738     0.6p         1,178        0.9p 
 Amortisation of capitalised development 
  costs                                          703     0.6p           687        0.6p 
 Non-recurring items after tax                     -     0.0p           245        0.2p 
 Exchange losses/(gains)                          58     0.0p          (23)        0.0p 
                                           ---------  -------   -----------  ---------- 
 Adjusted profit per share - continuing 
  operations                                   3,108     2.5p         1,973        1.6p 
-----------------------------------------  ---------  -------   -----------  ---------- 
 
 
   8.   CASH FLOW GENERATED FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES 

Reconciliation of loss before taxation to net cash flows from operating activities.

 
                                                            2019       2018 
                                                         GBP'000    GBP'000 
-----------------------------------------------------  ---------  --------- 
 Profit/(loss) before tax - continuing operations          1,329      (472) 
 Profit before tax - discontinued operations                  39        184 
-----------------------------------------------------  ---------  --------- 
 Total profit/(loss) before tax                            1,368      (288) 
 Depreciation of property, plant and equipment               238        127 
 Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment             1         10 
 Amortisation and impairment of development costs            847        828 
 Amortisation and impairment of acquired intangibles         889      1,419 
 Share-based payment expense                                  27          - 
 Finance income                                              (2)        (4) 
 Finance costs                                               393        295 
 Decrease in inventories                                      70         15 
 (Increase)/decrease in trade and other receivables      (1,077)        848 
 Increase/(decrease) in trade and other payables              36      (811) 
 Decrease in provisions                                    (367)      (400) 
-----------------------------------------------------  ---------  --------- 
 Net cash generated from operating activities              2,423      2,039 
-----------------------------------------------------  ---------  --------- 
 
   9.   CALLED UP SHARE CAPITAL, SHARE PREMIUM AND CAPITAL REDEMPTION RESERVE 
 
                        Number of      Share   Share Premium       Capital      Total 
                           shares    Capital                    redemption 
                                                     GBP'000       reserve 
                             '000    GBP'000                       GBP'000    GBP'000 
---------------------  ----------  ---------  --------------  ------------  --------- 
 At 1 January 2019        124,603      3,115           6,800           617     10,532 
 Share issues                   -          -               -             -          - 
 At 31 December 2019      124,603      3,115           6,800           617     10,532 
---------------------  ----------  ---------  --------------  ------------  --------- 
 

10. NET FUNDS

Reconciliation of decrease in cash and cash equivalents to movement in net cash:

 
                                                  Net cash and         Other       Total 
                                              cash equivalents    borrowings    net cash 
                                                       GBP'000       GBP'000     GBP'000 
------------------------------------------  ------------------  ------------  ---------- 
 At 1 January 2019                                       1,269      (10,650)     (9,381) 
 Cash flow for the year before financing                   948             -         948 
 Movement in borrowings in the year                    (1,100)         1,100           - 
 Exchange rate adjustments                                  27             -          27 
 Cash and cash equivalents at 31 December 
  2019                                                   1,144       (9,550)     (8,406) 
------------------------------------------  ------------------  ------------  ---------- 
 

11. POST BALANCE SHEET EVENTS

On 10 February 2020 an extension of the current loan agreement was signed with our bank. The revision secures the facility until 30 November 2021 with banking covenants and a repayment schedule in place. In order to mitigate potential cash flow risks caused by uncertainties relating to Coronavirus (Covid-19), management made a formal application for a Government capital repayment holiday. On 22 April 2020, our bank approved the deferment of the next loan repayment of GBP380,000 due on 30 June 2020. Furthermore, the bank has indicated their support should a deferment of the September repayment be considered necessary, as global uncertainties around Coronavirus (Covid-19) become clearer.

On 23 March 2020 the UK Government announced its "Stay at Home" policy to help fight the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak in the UK. Similar measures have been announced in countries around the world at different times.

All the Group's employees and contractors are currently working from home, unless it is essential that they do otherwise. There has been minimal disruption as remote working practices have been extended and adopted. "Virtual" trade shows have been held to replace those cancelled and significant new orders have been won since the restrictions were announced. Interest in our products that permit remote working is high.

Management has considered the impact of the global Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak on the Group's financial statements. They have reviewed the forecasts and projections, including extremely unlikely scenarios, used in concluding that the Group remains a going concern; they have reviewed the assumptions relating to the valuation of intangible assets and investments; they have reviewed the Group's expected credit losses. Management has concluded that there is no material impact on the Group's financial statements for 2019.

In the Spring Budget 2020, the Government announced that from 1 April 2020 the corporation tax rate would remain at 19 per cent (rather than reducing to 17 per cent, as previously enacted). This new law was substantively enacted on 17 March 2020. As the proposal to keep the rate at 19 per cent had not been substantively enacted at the balance sheet date, its effects are not included in these financial statements. However, it is likely that the overall effect of the change, had it been substantively enacted by the balance sheet date, would be to reduce the tax credit for the period by GBP30,000 and to increase the deferred tax liability by GBP30,000.

The Board is pleased to confirm that following the publication of its audited results for the year ended 31 December 2019, the annual report and financial statements will be posted to shareholders on 27 May 2020 and a copy will also be available to download from the Group's website at www.pebbleplc.com.

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