TIDMCNIC

RNS Number : 1099K

CentralNic Group PLC

31 August 2021

31 August 2021

CENTRALNIC GROUP PLC

("CentralNic" or "the Company" or "the Group")

UNAUDITED FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR THE SIX MONTHSED 30 JUNE 2021

CentralNic Group Plc (AIM: CNIC), the global internet platform company that derives revenue from the sales of online presence and marketing services, announces its unaudited financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2021. Both revenue and adjusted EBITDA have significantly increased year-on-year, driven by a combination of underlying organic growth and acquisitions

Financial summary:

   --       Revenue increased by 57% to USD 174.7m (H1 2020: USD 111.3m) 

-- Organic revenue growth of 20% between H1 2020 and H1 2021, with standout performance from the Online Marketing segment which grew organically by 28%

   --       Net revenue (gross profit) increased by 57% to USD 55.2m (H1 2020: USD 35.2m) 
   --       Adjusted EBITDA* increased by 36% to USD 20.5m (H1 2020: USD 15.1m) 
   --       Operating profit of USD 4.7m (H1 2020: USD 2.8m) 

-- Adjusted operating cash conversion of 126% (H1 2020: 75%), driven by EBITDA generation and working capital optimisation

-- Net debt** down to USD 83.8m (gross interest-bearing debt of USD 123.3m, cash of USD 39.5m) as compared to USD 85.0m on 31 December 2020 (gross interest-bearing debt of USD 113.6m, cash of USD 28.6m) despite two acquisitions for a combined USD 11.1m in the period, and the settlement of combined deferred consideration of USD 1.7m

Financial highlights:

-- Acceleration of organic growth from 9% in 2020 to 16% in Q1 2021 to 25% in Q2 2021, resulting in 20% overall for H1 2021

   --      Non-recurring revenue products contributed less than 1% of our total revenues 
   --      Successful bond tap issue of EUR 15m at 104.5% of nominal value 

-- Acquisition of SafeBrands (Direct segment) in January 2021 and Wando Internet Solutions (Online Marketing segment) in February 2021

-- Final and interim deferred consideration payments made for Team Internet (Online Marketing segment) and SafeBrands (Direct segment) respectively

-- Currency exposure on EUR 80m of the total EUR 105m bond has been hedged, locking in a EUR/USD rate of 1.1930

Operational highlights:

-- Very strong traction for the Group's privacy enabled online marketing technologies in view of a high cadence of privacy-conscious decisions of Big Tech

-- Significant investment in new management, staff and systems accelerated organic growth to record levels and positions the Group well for continued growth

-- New Data and AI group established in order to improve customer service, optimise business operations and decision making, enhance marketing, reduce customer churn and automate detection of non-compliant customer activity

   --      Experienced non-executive directors added to the board 
   --      New customer wins for the Registry business include JISC and Dot London 

Post period-end highlights:

-- The EUR 25m balance of the Group's EUR/USD exposure resulting from the EUR 105m bond has been hedged at a rate of 1.1765, taking the average rate on the total EUR 105m of currency exposure to 1.1891

Outlook:

-- Management expects full year revenues and profits to be at least at the upper end of market expectations

-- The accelerated organic growth seen during H1 2021 is expected to be sustained following the investment in new management, staff and systems

-- The Company's market consolidation strategy continues, with opportunities being continually assessed in what is a large, globally fragmented and growing market

Ben Crawford, CEO of CentralNic, commented: "CentralNic has enjoyed a very strong first half across both our online presence subscriptions products and our privacy enabled online marketing technologies - achieving record organic growth of 25% in the second quarter, following 16% organic growth for the first quarter 2021 and 9% for the full year 2020. By virtue of our significant investment in resources, restructuring and market-leading products and promotions, we expect full year revenue and profits to be at least at the upper end of market expectations. As our investment levels plateau, we expect future periods to benefit from increasing operational leverage.

These robust results reflect CentralNic's continued success in sourcing, completing and integrating transformative acquisitions and driving the organic growth of all our businesses. Moreover, as the business scales rapidly, the underlying qualities of our recurring revenues and excellent cash generation become increasingly meaningful. The pipeline of future acquisition targets remains strong, while the net debt level remains comfortable and easily serviced given the profitability and cash generation of the existing CentralNic Group and the additional contribution from recent acquisitions. We are confident in continuing our trajectory towards joining the ranks of the global leaders in our industry."

* Subsidiary and associate earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation, non-cash charges and non-core operating expenses

** Includes gross cash, debt and prepaid finance costs

These unaudited financial results have been prepared for the purpose of fulfilling the information undertaking requirements included in the bond terms for the Senior Secured Callable Bond Issue.

For further information:

 
           CentralNic Group Plc 
           Ben Crawford, Chief Executive Officer                              +44 (0) 203 388 0600 
           Don Baladasan, Group Managing Director 
           Michael Riedl, Chief Financial Officer 
 
           Zeus Capital Limited - NOMAD and 
            Joint Broker 
           Nick Cowles / Jamie Peel (Corporate 
            Finance)                                                          +44 (0) 161 831 1512 
           John Goold / Rupert Woolfenden (Institutional 
            Sales)                                                            +44 (0) 203 829 5000 
           Stifel - Joint Broker 
           Fred Walsh / Alex Price / Richard 
            Short                                                             +44 (0) 20 7710 7600 
           SEC Newgate UK (for Media) 
           Bob Huxford / Tom Carnegie / Isabelle                              +44 (0) 203 757 6880 
            Smurfit                                                    centralnic@secnewgate.co.uk 
 

Forward-Looking Statements

This document includes forward-looking statements. Whilst these forward-looking statements are made in good faith, they are based upon the information available to CentralNic at the date of this document and upon current expectations, projections, market conditions and assumptions about future events. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions about the Group and should be treated with an appropriate degree of caution.

About CentralNic Group Plc

CentralNic (AIM: CNIC) is a London-based AIM-listed company which drives the growth of the global digital economy by developing and managing software platforms allowing businesses globally to buy subscriptions to domain names, used for their own websites and email, as well as for protecting their brands online. These platforms can also be used for distributing domain name related software and services, an opportunity that contributes significantly to CentralNic's organic growth. The Company's inorganic growth strategy is identifying and acquiring cash-generative businesses in its industry with annuity revenue streams and exposure to growth markets and migrating them onto the CentralNic software and operating platforms. CentralNic operates globally with customers in almost every country in the world. It earns recurring revenues from the worldwide sales of internet domain names and other services on an annual subscription basis. For more information please visit: www.centralnicgroup.com

MANAGEMENT COMMENTARY ON PERFORMANCE

Introduction

CentralNic's organic growth, combined with its 2021 and 2020 acquisitions, substantially increased the scale and capabilities of the Company. The effect of this is demonstrated in our unaudited H1 2021 results which show a transformational increase in revenue and adjusted EBITDA, both of which have grown by 57% and 36% respectively compared to H1 2020.

Performance Overview

The Company has performed strongly during the quarter with the key financial metrics listed below:

 
                               30 June   30 June 
                                  2021      2020     Change 
                                 USD m     USD m          % 
                              --------  --------  --------- 
 Revenue                         174.7     111.3        57% 
                              --------  --------  --------- 
 Net revenue (gross profit)       55.2      35.2        57% 
                              --------  --------  --------- 
 Adjusted EBITDA                  20.5      15.1        36% 
                              --------  --------  --------- 
 Operating profit                  4.7       2.8        68% 
                              --------  --------  --------- 
 Adjusted operating cash 
  conversion(1)                   126%       75%       +51% 
                              --------  --------  --------- 
 Loss after tax                  (1.5)     (3.1)        52% 
                              --------  --------  --------- 
 EPS - Basic (cents)            (0.68)    (1.68)        60% 
                              --------  --------  --------- 
 EPS - Adjusted earnings 
  - Basic (cents)(2)              5.74      4.45        29% 
                              --------  --------  --------- 
 

(1) Please refer to note 8

(2) Please refer to note 7

Segmental analysis

In our Direct and Indirect segments , which provide the essential tools for businesses to go online, growth in domain name sales has accelerated notably. More importantly, our efforts to deliver value-added services through our direct and indirect channels are paying off, with the sales of associated services outpacing domain names sales. The Company intends to combine the Direct and Indirect segment into a single Online Presence segment as of the next reporting date.

Organic growth rates quoted below are calculated on a pro forma basis including all the Group's constituents as of the last balance sheet dates and adjusted for non-recurring or non-cash revenues and constant currency basis.

Indirect segment

Significant scale was achieved in the Indirect segment, with revenues increasing by USD 10.1m in the six months ended 30 June, or 25%, from USD 41.2m to USD 51.3m. The growth has been carried by the Group's key Wholesale brands and traction was particularly strong in the North American markets. Organic growth of the segment was 12% over the period.

Direct segment

Revenue in the Direct segment increased by USD 5.4m, or 25%, from USD 21.6m to USD 27.0m. On an organic basis, revenue grew by 10%. Management is particularly pleased with this development as both the Retail business and the Enterprise business have continued their return to growth and successfully onboarded the SafeBrands acquisition.

Online Marketing segment

After the recent acquisitions of Zeropark, Voluum and Wando, which have substantially expanded the service offering beyond monetising traffic to a full suite of online customer acquisition solutions, including data analytics, management resolved to rename the segment more fittingly as "Online Marketing". The Online Marketing segment was the fastest growing one, with revenues increasing by USD 47.9m, or 99%, from USD 48.5m to USD 96.4m. Revenue continued to grow organically at a high rate of 28%, largely driven by Team Internet's PubTONIC, with the remainder being contributed by the acquisitions of Zeropark, Voluum and Wando.

CentralNic is a leader in online privacy, as none of our marketing platforms make use of third-party cookies or collect personal data on our customers. We therefore expect that restrictions placed on those practices (e.g. the ban of third-party cookies in Google Chrome or App Tracking Transparency in Apple's iOS 14.5) will benefit CentralNic, as we provide an alternative to online marketers that is proven to be highly effective whilst respecting the privacy of internet users, putting us at the forefront of companies offering solutions for a more privacy conscious world.

Ben Crawford

Chief Executive Officer

 
 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE               Unaudited         Unaudited 
  INCOME                                              Six months        Six months          Audited 
                                                           ended             ended       Year ended 
                                                     30 Jun 2021       30 Jun 2020      31 Dec 2020 
                                            Note           USD m             USD m            USD m 
                                           -----  --------------  ----------------  --------------- 
 
 Revenue                                     4             174.7             111.3          241.2 
 Cost of sales                                           (119.5)            (76.1)        (164.9) 
 
 Gross profit                                               55.2              35.2           76.3 
 
 Administrative expenses                                  (48.8)            (29.7)         (70.8) 
 Share-based payment expenses                              (1.7)             (2.7)          (5.1) 
 
 Operating profit                                            4.7               2.8            0.4 
 
 Adjusted EBITDA (a)                                        20.5              15.1           30.6 
 Depreciation of property, plant 
  and equipment                                            (1.7)             (1.0)          (2.1) 
 Amortisation of intangible 
  assets                                                   (8.3)             (5.4)         (12.5) 
 Non-core operating expenses(b)              5             (5.1)             (2.8)          (8.2) 
 Foreign exchange gain/(loss)                                1.0             (0.4)          (2.1) 
 Share of associate EBITDA                                     -                 -          (0.2) 
 Share-based payment expenses                              (1.7)             (2.7)          (5.1) 
                                                  --------------  ----------------  ------------- 
 Operating profit                                            4.7               2.8            0.4 
-----------------------------------------  -----  --------------  ----------------  ------------- 
 
 Finance costs                               6             (5.3)             (4.6)         (10.0) 
 Foreign exchange gain on borrowings         6                 -                 -            0.1 
 
 Net finance costs                                         (5.3)             (4.6)          (9.9) 
 Share of associate income                                     -                 -            0.1 
 
 
 (Loss)/profit before taxation                             (0.6)             (1.8)          (9.4) 
 Income tax (expense)/income                               (0.9)             (1.3)            1.0 
                                                  --------------  ----------------  ------------- 
 Loss after taxation                                       (1.5)             (3.1)          (8.4) 
 
 Items that may be reclassified 
  subsequently to profit and 
  loss 
 Exchange difference on translation 
  of foreign operation                                       2.4             (3.1)            3.2 
                                                  --------------  ----------------  ------------- 
 
 Total comprehensive income/(loss) 
  for the period                                             0.9             (6.2)          (5.2) 
 
 
 Loss is attributable to: 
  Owners of CentralNic Plc                                 (1.5)             (3.1)          (8.4) 
                                                  --------------  ----------------  ------------- 
 
 Total comprehensive income/(loss) 
  is attributable to: 
  Owners of CentralNic Plc                                   0.9             (6.2)          (5.2) 
                                                  --------------  ----------------  ------------- 
 
 Earnings per share: 
 Basic (cents)                                            (0.68)            (1.68)         (4.28) 
 Diluted (cents)                                          (0.68)            (1.68)         (4.28) 
 Adjusted earnings - Basic (cents)                          5.74              4.45          10.57 
 Adjusted earnings - Diluted 
  (cents)                                                   5.50              4.30          10.16 
 

All amounts relate to continuing activities.

(a) Subsidiary and associate earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation, non-cash charges and non-core operating expenses.

(b) Non-core operating expenses include items related primarily to acquisition, integration and other related costs, which are not incurred as part of the

underlying trading performance of the Group, and which are therefore adjusted for, in line with Group policy.

 
 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL         Unaudited      Unaudited 
  POSITION                                  Six months     Six months        Audited 
                                                 ended          ended     Year ended 
                                           30 Jun 2021    30 Jun 2020    31 Dec 2020 
                                                 USD m          USD m          USD m 
                                         -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 ASSETS 
 
 NON-CURRENT ASSETS 
 Property, plant and equipment                     2.1            1.6            2.2 
 Right-of-use assets                               6.5            4.1            6.5 
 Intangible assets                               262.7          199.1          257.0 
 Deferred receivables                              0.5            0.6            0.7 
 Investments                                       0.1            1.5            0.1 
 Deferred tax assets                               5.7            2.9            5.3 
                                         -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 
                                                 277.6          209.8          271.8 
 CURRENT ASSETS 
 Trade and other receivables                      68.0           38.6           47.9 
 Inventory                                         0.9            0.5            1.0 
 Cash and bank balances                           39.5           27.6           28.7 
                                         -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 
                                                 108.4           66.7           77.6 
 
 
 TOTAL ASSETS                                    386.0          276.5          349.4 
 
 
 EQUITY AND LIABILITIES 
 
 EQUITY 
 Share capital                                     0.3            0.2            0.3 
 Share premium                                    39.8           74.8           39.8 
 Merger relief reserve                             5.3            5.3            5.3 
 Share-based payments reserve                     11.6            8.0           11.0 
 Cash flow hedging reserve                       (0.8)              -              - 
 Foreign exchange translation 
  reserve                                          3.8          (4.9)            1.4 
 Retained earnings/(losses)                       58.9         (10.2)           59.3 
                                         -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 
 TOTAL EQUITY                                    118.9           73.2          117.1 
 
 
 NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES 
 Other payables                                    3.5            5.2            2.9 
 Lease liabilities                                 4.8            3.2            5.2 
 Deferred tax liabilities                         22.1           21.6           22.0 
 Derivative financial instruments                  0.8              -              - 
 Borrowings                                      121.8           98.4          107.8 
                                         -------------  -------------  ------------- 
                                                 153.0          128.4          137.9 
 CURRENT LIABILITIES 
 Trade and other payables and 
  accruals                                       110.8           68.3           87.3 
 Lease liabilities                                 1.8            0.9            1.3 
 Borrowings                                        1.5            5.7            5.8 
                                         -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 
                                                 114.1           74.9           94.4 
                                         -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 
 TOTAL LIABILITIES                               267.1          203.3          232.3 
 
 
 TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES                    386.0          276.5          349.4 
                                         -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 
 
 CENTRALNIC GROUP 
 PLC                                                                                                         Equity 
 CONSOLIDATED                                           Share-      Cash        Foreign                attributable 
 STATEMENTS OF                              Merger       based      flow       exchange     Retained   to owners of 
 CHANGES IN            Share      Share     relief    payments   hedging    translation    earnings/     the Parent   Non-Controlling 
 EQUITY              capital    premium    reserve     reserve   reserve        reserve     (losses)        Company          Interest   Total 
                       USD m      USD m      USD m       USD m     USD m          USD m        USD m          USD m             USD m   USD m 
                   ---------  ---------  ---------  ----------  --------  -------------  -----------  -------------  ----------------  ------ 
 
 Balance as at 1 
  January 2020           0.2       74.8        5.3         6.1         -          (1.8)        (7.5)           77.1             (0.1)    77.0 
 
 Loss for the 
  period                   -          -          -           -         -              -        (3.1)          (3.1)                 -   (3.1) 
 Adjustment to 
  non-controlling 
  interest                 -          -          -           -         -              -            -              -               0.1     0.1 
 Translation of 
  foreign 
  operation                -          -          -           -         -          (3.1)            -          (3.1)                 -   (3.1) 
 Total 
  comprehensive 
  income for the 
  period                   -          -          -           -         -          (3.1)        (3.1)          (6.2)               0.1   (6.1) 
 Share-based 
  payments                 -          -          -         2.4         -              -            -            2.4                 -     2.4 
 Share-based 
  payments - 
  deferred tax 
  asset                    -          -          -       (0.1)         -              -            -          (0.1)                 -   (0.1) 
 Share-based 
  payments - 
  exercised and 
  lapsed                   -          -          -       (0.4)         -              -          0.4              -                 -       - 
 Balance as at 30 
  June 2020              0.2       74.8        5.3         8.0         -          (4.9)       (10.2)           73.2                 -    73.2 
                   ---------  ---------  ---------  ----------  --------  -------------  -----------  -------------  ----------------  ------ 
 
 Loss for the 
  period                   -          -          -           -         -              -        (5.4)          (5.4)                 -   (5.4) 
 Translation of 
  foreign 
  operation                -          -          -           -         -            6.3            -            6.3                 -     6.3 
 Total 
  comprehensive 
  income for the 
  period                   -          -          -           -         -            6.3        (5.4)            0.9                 -     0.9 
 Issue of new 
  shares                 0.1       43.7          -           -         -              -            -           43.8                 -    43.8 
 Share issue 
  costs                    -      (3.9)          -           -         -              -            -          (3.9)                 -   (3.9) 
 Capital 
  reduction                -     (74.8)          -           -         -              -         74.8              -                 -       - 
 Share-based 
  payments                 -          -          -         2.8         -              -            -            2.8                 -     2.8 
 Share-based 
  payments - 
  deferred tax 
  asset                    -          -          -         0.3         -              -            -            0.3                 -     0.3 
 Share-based 
  payments - 
  exercised and 
  lapsed                   -          -          -       (0.1)         -              -          0.1              -                 -       - 
 Balance as at 31 
  December 2020          0.3       39.8        5.3        11.0         -            1.4         59.3          117.1                 -   117.1 
                   ---------  ---------  ---------  ----------  --------  -------------  -----------  -------------  ----------------  ------ 
 
 Loss for the 
  period                   -          -          -           -         -              -        (1.5)          (1.5)                 -   (1.5) 
 Translation of 
  foreign 
  operation                -          -          -           -         -            2.4            -            2.4                 -     2.4 
 Total 
  comprehensive 
  income for the 
  period                   -          -          -           -         -            2.4        (1.5)            0.9                 -     0.9 
 Loss arising on 
  changes 
  in fair value 
  of hedging 
  instruments              -          -          -           -     (0.8)              -            -          (0.8)                 -   (0.8) 
 Share-based 
  payments                 -          -          -         1.7         -              -            -            1.7                 -     1.7 
 Share-based 
  payments - 
  exercised and 
  lapsed                   -          -          -       (1.1)         -              -          1.1              -                 -       - 
 Balance as at 30 
  June 2021              0.3       39.8        5.3        11.6     (0.8)            3.8         58.9          118.9                 -   118.9 
                   ---------  ---------  ---------  ----------  --------  -------------  -----------  -------------  ----------------  ------ 
 
 

-- Share capital represents the nominal value of the company's cumulative issued share capital.

-- Share premium represents the cumulative excess of the fair value of consideration received for the issue of shares in excess of their nominal value less attributable share issue costs and other permitted reductions.

-- Merger relief reserve represents the cumulative excess of the fair value of consideration received for the issue of shares in excess of their nominal value less attributable shares issue costs and other permitted reductions.

-- Share-based payments reserve represents the cumulative value of share-based payments recognised through equity.

-- Cash flow hedging reserve represents the effective portion of changes in the fair value of derivatives.

-- Foreign exchange translation reserve represents the cumulative exchange differences arising on Group consolidation.

-- Retained earnings represent the cumulative value of the profits not distributed to shareholders but retained to finance the future capital requirements of the CentralNic Group.

-- The non-controlling interests comprise the portion of equity of subsidiaries that are not owned, directly or indirectly, by the Group. These non-controlling interests are individually not material for the Group.

 
                                               Unaudited      Unaudited 
                                              Six months     Six months        Audited 
 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH                    ended          ended     Year ended 
  FLOWS                                      30 Jun 2021    30 Jun 2020    31 Dec 2020 
                                                   USD m          USD m          USD m 
                                           -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 Cash flow from operating activities 
 
 (Loss)/profit before taxation                     (0.6)          (1.8)          (9.4) 
 
 Adjustments for: 
 
 Depreciation of property, plant 
  and equipment                                      1.7            1.0            2.1 
 Amortisation of intangible assets                   8.3            5.4           12.5 
 Share of associate EBITDA                             -              -          (0.2) 
 Gain on sale of associate                             -              -          (0.3) 
 Finance cost (net)                                  5.3            4.6            9.9 
 Share-based payments                                1.7            2.7            5.1 
 (Increase)/decrease in trade 
  and other receivables                           (20.1)            2.3          (9.3) 
 Increase/(decrease) in trade 
  and other payables                                20.3          (8.7)           12.3 
 Cash flow generated from operations                16.6            5.5           22.7 
                                           -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 
 Income tax paid                                   (0.9)            0.6          (2.0) 
                                           -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 
 Net cash flow generated from 
  operating activities                              15.7            6.1           20.7 
 
 Cash flow used in investing 
  activities 
 Purchase of property, plant 
  and equipment                                    (0.4)          (0.2)          (1.2) 
 Purchase of intangible assets                     (1.1)              -          (3.0) 
 Payment of deferred consideration                 (1.7)          (3.0)          (5.5) 
 Proceeds from disposal of investment 
  in associate                                         -              -            1.8 
 Acquisition of subsidiaries                      (11.1)          (1.0)         (37.1) 
                                           -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 
 Net cash flow used in investing 
  activities                                      (14.3)          (4.2)         (45.0) 
 
 Cash flow used in financing 
  activities 
 Proceeds/(repayments) from borrowings              13.8            2.6            2.2 
 Bond arrangement fees                             (0.4)              -          (0.6) 
 Proceeds from issuance of ordinary 
  shares (net)                                         -              -           34.7 
 Payment of lease liability                        (0.9)          (0.5)          (1.1) 
 Interest paid                                     (2.3)          (3.6)          (9.5) 
 Net cash flow generated/(used 
  in) from financing activities                     10.2          (1.5)           25.7 
                                           -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 
 Net increase/(decrease) in cash 
  and cash equivalents                              11.6            0.4            1.4 
 Cash and cash equivalents at 
  beginning of the period/year                      28.7           26.2           26.2 
 Exchange (losses)/gains on cash 
  and cash equivalents                             (0.8)            1.0            1.1 
                                           -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 
 Cash and cash equivalents at 
  end of the period/year                            39.5           27.6           28.7 
 
 

NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED FINANCIAL RESULTS

   1.   General information 

CentralNic Group Plc is the UK holding company of a group of companies which are engaged in the provision of global domain name services. The Company is registered in England and Wales. Its registered office and principal place of business is 4th Floor, Saddlers House, 44 Gutter Lane, London EC2V 6BR.

The CentralNic Group is a global internet platform that derives revenue from the worldwide sales of internet domain names and related web services.

   2.   Basis of preparation 

The financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2021 are unaudited and have been prepared on the basis of the accounting policies set out in the Group's 2020 statutory accounts for the purpose of fulfilling the information undertaking requirements included in the bond terms for the Senior Secured Callable Bond Issue and, for all periods presented, in line with the principal disclosure requirements of IAS 34: Interim Financial Reporting.

The unaudited financial results are condensed and do not represent statutory accounts within the meaning of section 435 of the Companies Act 2016. The statutory accounts for the year ended 31 December 2020, upon which the auditors issued an unqualified opinion, are available on the Group's website and did not contain statements under section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

As a profitable provider of online subscription services with high cash conversion and solid organic growth, de-centrally organised and catering to solid customers distributed over the entire globe, CentralNic has not been, and is not expected to be, severely affected by COVID-19. The Directors have taken the necessary precautions to preserve the Group's cash and review the acquisition pipeline and financing plans to ensure stability and optimisation of the business strategies in the current global climate.

   3.   Segment analysis 

CentralNic is an independent global service provider distributing domain names and associated digital subscription products through Indirect and Direct channels, as well as providing Online Marketing services. Operating segments are organised around the products and services of the business and are prepared in a manner consistent with the internal reporting used by the chief operating decision maker to determine allocation of resources to segments and to assess segmental performance. The Directors do not rely on analyses of segment assets and liabilities, nor on segmental cash flows arising from the operating, investing and financing activities for each reportable segment, for their decision making and therefore have not included them.

The Indirect segment is a global distributor of domain names through a network of channel partners. The Direct segment sells domain names and ancillary services to end users, monitoring services to protect brands online, technical and consultancy services to corporate clients, and licenses the Group's in-house developed registry management platform, also on a global basis. The Online Marketing segment provides advertising placement services to match those who have traffic, e.g. domain name owners and content website operators, with those who want traffic, e.g. ecommerce website operators and affiliates on a global basis, including AI based data analytics and automation tools.

Management reviews the activities of the CentralNic Group in the segments disclosed below:

 
                                                Six months ended 30 June 2021 
                                       ----------------------------------------------- 
                                        Indirect   Direct   Online Marketing     Total 
                                           USD m    USD m              USD m     USD m 
-------------------------------------  ---------  -------  -----------------  -------- 
 Revenue                                    51.3     27.0               96.4     174.7 
-------------------------------------  ---------  -------  -----------------  -------- 
 Gross profit                               16.3     12.8               26.1      55.2 
-------------------------------------  ---------  -------  -----------------  -------- 
 Total administrative expenses                                                  (48.8) 
 Share-based payment expenses                                                    (1.7) 
-------------------------------------  ---------  -------  -----------------  -------- 
 Operating profit                                                                  4.7 
-------------------------------------  ---------  -------  -----------------  -------- 
 
 Adjusted EBITDA                                                                  20.5 
  Depreciation of property, plant                                                (1.7) 
   and equipment 
  Amortisation of intangibles assets                                             (8.3) 
  Non-core operating expenses                                                    (5.1) 
  Foreign exchange gain                                                            1.0 
  Share-based payment expenses                                                   (1.7) 
-------------------------------------  ---------  -------  -----------------  -------- 
 Operating profit                                                                  4.7 
-------------------------------------  ---------  -------  -----------------  -------- 
 Net finance cost                                                                (5.3) 
 Loss before taxation                                                            (0.6) 
-------------------------------------  ---------  -------  -----------------  -------- 
 Income tax expense                                                              (0.9) 
-------------------------------------  ---------  -------  -----------------  -------- 
 Loss after taxation                                                             (1.5) 
-------------------------------------  ---------  -------  -----------------  -------- 
 3. Segment analysis (continued) 
                                                Six months ended 30 June 2020 
                                       ----------------------------------------------- 
                                        Indirect   Direct   Online Marketing     Total 
                                           USD m    USD m              USD m     USD m 
-------------------------------------  ---------  -------  -----------------  -------- 
 Revenue                                    41.2     21.6               48.5     111.3 
-------------------------------------  ---------  -------  -----------------  -------- 
 Gross profit                               11.9     10.4               12.9      35.2 
-------------------------------------  ---------  -------  -----------------  -------- 
 Total administrative expenses                                                  (29.7) 
 Share-based payment expenses                                                    (2.7) 
-------------------------------------  ---------  -------  -----------------  -------- 
 Operating profit                                                                  2.8 
-------------------------------------  ---------  -------  -----------------  -------- 
 
 Adjusted EBITDA                                                                  15.1 
  Depreciation of property, plant                                                (1.0) 
   and equipment 
  Amortisation of intangibles assets                                             (5.4) 
  Non-core operating expenses                                                    (2.8) 
  Foreign exchange loss                                                          (0.4) 
  Share-based payment expenses                                                   (2.7) 
-------------------------------------  ---------  -------  -----------------  -------- 
 Operating profit                                                                  2.8 
-------------------------------------  ---------  -------  -----------------  -------- 
 Net finance cost                                                                (4.6) 
 Loss before taxation                                                            (1.8) 
-------------------------------------  ---------  -------  -----------------  -------- 
 Income tax expense                                                              (1.3) 
-------------------------------------  ---------  -------  -----------------  -------- 
 Loss after taxation                                                             (3.1) 
-------------------------------------  ---------  -------  -----------------  -------- 
 
 
                                                  Year ended 31 December 2020 
                                       ----------------------------------------------- 
                                        Indirect   Direct   Online Marketing     Total 
                                           USD m    USD m              USD m     USD m 
-------------------------------------  ---------  -------  -----------------  -------- 
 Revenue                                    85.8     43.3              112.1     241.2 
-------------------------------------  ---------  -------  -----------------  -------- 
 Gross profit                               25.8     20.5               30.0      76.3 
-------------------------------------  ---------  -------  -----------------  -------- 
 Total administrative expenses                                                  (70.8) 
 Share-based payment expenses                                                    (5.1) 
-------------------------------------  ---------  -------  -----------------  -------- 
 Operating profit                                                                  0.4 
-------------------------------------  ---------  -------  -----------------  -------- 
 
 Adjusted EBITDA                                                                  30.6 
  Depreciation of property, plant                                                (2.1) 
   and equipment 
  Amortisation of intangibles assets                                            (12.5) 
  Non-core operating expenses                                                    (8.2) 
  Foreign exchange loss                                                          (2.1) 
  Share of associate income                                                      (0.2) 
  Share-based payment expenses                                                   (5.1) 
-------------------------------------  ---------  -------  -----------------  -------- 
 Operating profit                                                                  0.4 
-------------------------------------  ---------  -------  -----------------  -------- 
 Net finance cost                                                                (9.9) 
 Share of associate income                                                         0.1 
-------------------------------------  ---------  -------  -----------------  -------- 
 Loss before taxation                                                            (9.4) 
-------------------------------------  ---------  -------  -----------------  -------- 
 Income tax expense                                                                1.0 
-------------------------------------  ---------  -------  -----------------  -------- 
 Loss after taxation                                                             (8.4) 
-------------------------------------  ---------  -------  -----------------  -------- 
 
   4.   Revenue 

The Group's revenue is generated from the following geographical areas:

 
                                 Unaudited        Unaudited          Audited 
                                Six months       Six months       Year ended 
                                     ended            ended      31 December 
                              30 June 2021     30 June 2020             2020 
                                     USD m            USD m            USD m 
                           ---------------                   --------------- 
    Indirect services 
    UK                                 0.5              0.5              1.0 
    North America                     15.8             10.8             22.5 
    Europe                            25.5             21.4             45.8 
       ROW                             9.5              8.5             16.5 
                           ---------------                   --------------- 
                                      51.3             41.2             85.8 
                           ---------------  ---------------  --------------- 
      Direct services 
    UK                                 1.2              1.4              2.4 
    North America                      6.9              6.8             13.4 
    Europe                            12.3              8.8             18.3 
    ROW                                6.6              4.6              9.2 
                                      27.0             21.6             43.3 
                           ---------------  ---------------  --------------- 
       Online Marketing 
    UK                                 1.5              0.2              0.6 
    North America                      9.6              1.8              6.2 
    Europe                            74.2             45.2            100.1 
    ROW                               11.1              1.3              5.2 
                           ---------------  ---------------  --------------- 
                                      96.4             48.5            112.1 
                           ---------------  ---------------  --------------- 
 
    Total revenue                    174.7            111.3            241.2 
                           ---------------  ---------------  --------------- 
 
   5.   Non-core operating expenses 
 
                                                      Unaudited       Unaudited        Audited 
                                                     Six months      Six months     Year ended 
                                                          ended           ended    31 December 
                                                   30 June 2021    30 June 2020           2020 
                                                          USD m           USD m          USD m 
 
 Acquisition related costs                                  1.8             0.2            1.4 
 Integration and streamlining costs                         2.1             2.1            3.6 
 Other costs (1)                                            1.2             0.5            3.2 
 
                                                            5.1             2.8            8.2 
                                                 --------------  --------------  ------------- 
 

(1) Other costs include items related primarily to business reviews and restructuring expenses.

   6.   Finance costs 
 
                                                  Unaudited       Unaudited        Audited 
                                                 Six months      Six months     Year ended 
                                                      ended           ended    31 December 
                                               30 June 2021    30 June 2020           2020 
                                                      USD m           USD m          USD m 
 
 Impact of unwinding of discount 
  on net present value of deferred 
  consideration                                       (0.1)               -          (0.2) 
 Reappraisal of deferred consideration                  0.1               -          (0.9) 
 Foreign exchange (gain)/loss on 
  revaluation of revolving credit 
  facility                                                -           (0.3)            0.1 
 Arrangement fees on borrowings                       (0.7)           (0.5)          (1.1) 
 Interest expense on current borrowings               (0.2)           (0.1)          (0.3) 
 Interest expense on non-current 
  borrowings                                          (4.3)           (3.6)          (7.3) 
 Interest expense on leases                           (0.1)           (0.1)          (0.2) 
 
 Net finance 
 costs                                                (5.3)           (4.6)          (9.9) 
                                             --------------  --------------  ------------- 
 
   7.   Earnings per share 

Earnings per share has been calculated by dividing the consolidated loss after taxation attributable to ordinary shareholders by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the period.

Diluted earnings per share have been calculated on the same basis as above, except that the weighted average number of ordinary shares that would be issued on the conversion of all the dilutive potential ordinary shares (arising from the Group's share option scheme and warrants) into ordinary shares has been added to the denominator. There are no changes to the profit (numerator) because of the dilutive calculation. Due to the loss made in the year ended 31 December 2020, the impact of the potential shares to be issued on exercise of share options and warrants would be anti-dilutive and therefore diluted earnings per share is reported on the same basis on earnings per share.

 
                                             Unaudited       Unaudited        Audited 
                                            Six months      Six months     Year ended 
                                                 ended           ended    31 December 
                                          30 June 2021    30 June 2020           2020 
                                                 USD m           USD m          USD m 
 
 Loss after tax attributable to 
  owners                                         (1.5)           (3.1)          (8.4) 
                                        --------------  --------------  ------------- 
 Operating profit                                  4.7             2.8            0.4 
 Depreciation of property, plant 
  and equipment                                    1.7             1.0            2.1 
 Amortisation of intangible assets                 8.3             5.4           12.5 
 Non-core operating expenses                       5.1             2.8            8.2 
 Foreign exchange (gain)/loss                    (1.0)             0.4            2.1 
 Share of associate income                           -               -            0.2 
 Share-based payment expenses                      1.7             2.7            5.1 
                                        --------------  --------------  ------------- 
 Adjusted EBITDA                                  20.5            15.1           30.6 
 Depreciation                                    (1.7)           (1.0)          (2.1) 
 Finance costs (excluding deferred 
  consideration related amounts - 
  note 6)                                        (5.3)           (4.6)          (8.7) 
 Taxation                                        (0.9)           (1.3)            1.0 
                                        --------------  --------------  ------------- 
 Adjusted earnings                                12.6             8.2           20.8 
 Weighted average number 
  of shares: 
 Basic                                     219,559,661     184,434,668    196,680,310 
 Effect of dilutive potential 
  ordinary shares                            9,536,719       6,371,718      8,019,971 
                                        --------------  --------------  ------------- 
 Diluted average number 
  of shares                                229,096,380     190,806,386    204,700,281 
                                        --------------  --------------  ------------- 
 Earnings per share: 
 Basic (cents)                                  (0.68)          (1.68)         (4.28) 
 Diluted (cents)                                (0.68)          (1.68)         (4.28) 
                                        --------------  --------------  ------------- 
 Adjusted earnings - Basic 
  (cents)                                         5.74            4.45          10.57 
 Adjusted earnings - Diluted 
  (cents)                                         5.50            4.30          10.16 
                                        --------------  --------------  ------------- 
 

Basic and diluted earnings per share of (0.68) cents (H1 2020: (1.68) cents) has been impacted by interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation, non-cash charges and non-core operating expenses. Tax on adjusted earnings is the same figure as that shown in the consolidated statement of comprehensive income given that most of the adjusting items in the earnings per share calculation above are also adjusted for when calculating the Group's tax expense.

   8.   Financial instruments 

The CentralNic Group is exposed to market risk, credit risk and liquidity risk arising from financial instruments. The Group's overall financial risk management policy focusses on the unpredictability of financial markets and seeks to minimise potential adverse effects on the Group's financial performance. The Group does not trade in financial instruments.

Cash conversion for the six-month period ended 30 June 2021 was as follows:

 
                                                        Unaudited     Unaudited          Unaudited 
                                                       Six months    Six months         Year ended 
                                                         ended 30      ended 30        31 December 
                                                        June 2021     June 2020               2020 
                                                            USD m         USD m              USD m 
                                                     ------------  ------------  ----------------- 
 Cash conversion 
 
 Cash flow from operations                                   16.6           5.5               22.7 
 Exceptional costs incurred and paid 
  during the year                                             7.1           2.8                7.5 
 Settlement of one-off working capital 
  items from the prior year                                   2.1           3.0                5.1 
 
 Adjusted cash flow from operations                          25.8          11.3               35.3 
                                                     ------------  ------------  ----------------- 
 Adjusted EBITDA                                             20.5          15.1               30.6 
 Conversion %                                                126%           75%               115% 
 
 Half yearly cash conversion may diverge notably from the 
  long-term trend and should be expected to converge towards 
  annual averages as demonstrated historically. 
  Net debt as at 30 June 2021, 30 June 2020 and 31 December 
  2020 is shown in the table below. 
                                                             Bond     Bank debt    Cash   Net debt 
                                                            USD m         USD m   USD m      USD m 
                                                     ------------  ------------  ------  --------- 
 
 At 1 January 2020                                         (97.7)         (3.5)    26.2     (75.0) 
 (Drawdown)/ repayment                                          -         (2.6)     2.6          - 
 Amortisation of costs                                        0.5             -       -        0.5 
 Other cash movements                                           -             -   (1.0)      (1.0) 
                                                     ------------  ------------  ------  --------- 
 Net cash flows before foreign 
  exchange                                                    0.5         (2.6)     1.6      (0.5) 
 Foreign exchange differences                               (1.2)           0.4   (0.2)      (1.0) 
 
 
 At 30 June 2020                                           (98.4)         (5.7)    27.6     (76.5) 
                                                     ------------  ------------  ------  --------- 
 
 (Drawdown)/ repayment                                          -           0.4   (0.4)          - 
 Amortisation of costs                                        0.5           0.1       -        0.6 
 Other cash movements                                           -             -     0.2        0.2 
                                                     ------------  ------------  ------  --------- 
 Net cash flows before foreign 
  exchange                                                    0.5           0.5   (0.2)        0.8 
 Foreign exchange differences                               (9.4)         (1.2)     1.3      (9.3) 
 
 At 31 December 2020                                      (107.3)         (6.4)    28.7     (85.0) 
                                                     ------------  ------------  ------  --------- 
 
 (Drawdown)/ repayment                                          -           4.4   (4.4)          - 
 Amortisation of costs                                        0.4             -       -        0.4 
 Placing proceeds (net of costs)                           (18.2)             -    18.2          - 
 Other cash movements                                           -             -   (2.2)      (2.2) 
                                                     ------------  ------------  ------  --------- 
 Net cash flows before foreign 
  exchange                                                 (17.8)           4.4    11.6      (1.8) 
 Foreign exchange differences                                 2.9           0.9   (0.8)        3.0 
 
 At 30 June 2021                                          (122.2)         (1.1)    39.5     (83.8) 
                                                     ------------  ------------  ------  --------- 
 
 
 
 
   9.   Business combinations 

Acquisition of Wando Internet Solutions

On 22 February 2021, CentralNic acquired Wando Internet Solutions, a Berlin-based technology company specialising in social marketing, search engine marketing (SEM) advertising and display advertising that enables augmentation of the quality and volume of internet traffic on domain names and websites in order to generate superior returns. In FY2020, Wando generated unaudited revenue of EUR 4.9m (c. USD 5.6m) and unaudited EBITDA of EUR 1.2m (c. USD 1.4m). The acquisition is a vertical integration and more than half of Wando's historical revenue generation has come from CentralNic; it has been integrated into CentralNic's Online Marketing segment. The initial consideration for the acquisition is EUR 5.4m (c. USD 6.6m) and the sellers of Wando may earn up to another EUR 5.4m (c. USD 6.6m) payable in Q3 2022 subject to stretched performance targets being met. The following table summarises the consideration paid for Wando Internet Solutions and the fair values of the assets and liabilities at the acquisition date, in line with Group policies.

 
                                                           USD m 
                                                         ------- 
 
   Initial cash consideration                                6.6 
 Purchase price adjustment                                   1.4 
 Deferred contingent consideration                           1.9 
                                                         ------- 
 Total consideration                                         9.9 
                                                         ------- 
 
 Fair values recognised on acquisition 
  Assets 
  Developed technologies                                     5.0 
  Trade receivables                                          0.5 
  Other assets                                               2.3 
                                                         ------- 
 Total assets 
 
  Liabilities                                                7.8 
 Deferred tax                                              (1.5) 
  Other provisions                                         (0.6) 
  Other liabilities                                        (0.7) 
                                                         ------- 
 Total liabilities                                         (2.8) 
                                                         ------- 
 Total identifiable estimated net assets at fair value       5.0 
                                                         ------- 
 Goodwill arising on acquisition                             4.9 
                                                         ------- 
 Purchase consideration                                      9.9 
                                                         ------- 
 

For further details regarding the acquisition of SafeBrands on 9 January 2021, please refer to note 9 of the unaudited financial results for the three months ended 31 March 2021 as published and released on 1 June 2021.

10. Events occurring after the quarter end

Detailed below are the significant events that happened after the Group's half year end date of 30 June 2021 and before the signing of these Unaudited Financial Results on 31 August 2021.

-- The EUR/USD exposure resulting from the EUR 105m bond has been hedged for a portion of another EUR 25m at 1.1765, taking the average rate to 1.1891, excluding forward spreads

This information is provided by RNS, the news service of the London Stock Exchange. RNS is approved by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a Primary Information Provider in the United Kingdom. Terms and conditions relating to the use and distribution of this information may apply. For further information, please contact rns@lseg.com or visit www.rns.com.

RNS may use your IP address to confirm compliance with the terms and conditions, to analyse how you engage with the information contained in this communication, and to share such analysis on an anonymised basis with others as part of our commercial services. For further information about how RNS and the London Stock Exchange use the personal data you provide us, please see our Privacy Policy.

END

IR URAKRABUWOAR

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

August 31, 2021 02:00 ET (06:00 GMT)

Centralnic (LSE:CNIC)
Gráfica de Acción Histórica
De Nov 2021 a Dic 2021 Haga Click aquí para más Gráficas Centralnic.
Centralnic (LSE:CNIC)
Gráfica de Acción Histórica
De Dic 2020 a Dic 2021 Haga Click aquí para más Gráficas Centralnic.