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Quixant PLC

22 September 2021

22 September 2021

Quixant plc

("Quixant" or the "Group")

Interim Results

Double-digit revenue growth driven by strong recovery from impact of the pandemic

Quixant (AIM: QXT), a leading provider of innovative, highly engineered technology products principally for the global gaming and broadcast industries, is pleased to announce its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2021.

 
                                       Six months    Six months    Change 
                                        to 30 June    to 30 June 
                                           2021          2020 
                                          ($m)          ($m) 
 Group Revenue                            36.5          27.9        31% 
 
 Gaming Division Revenue                  18.4          11.9        55% 
 
 Densitron Revenue                        18.1          16.0        13% 
 
 Group Gross profit                       11.1           8.9        25% 
 
 Adjusted profit / (loss) before 
  tax(1)                                   1.3          -1.2         nm 
 
 Group profit / (loss) before 
  tax                                      0.8          -3.0         nm 
 
 Adjusted diluted earnings per 
  share(1)                               $0.0199      -$0.0184       nm 
 
 Net cash from operating activities        1.1          -0.3         nm 
 
 Net cash                                 15.0          14.2         6% 
 

(1) For details on adjusted measures refer to note 1 and note 2 of the condensed consolidated financial statements

OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

 
   --     Double-digit revenue growth across both divisions, demonstrating 
           strong recovery in gaming market and strategic positioning of Densitron 
           business for growth. 
   --     Five new customer wins in Gaming, underpinning our confidence in 
           future growth. 
   --     Ongoing new product development in Densitron driving new business 
           opportunities in Broadcast. 
   --     Continued supply chain component shortages and price inflation 
           requiring active management through strategic stock purchase programme. 
   --     Good cash conversion despite strategic stock purchases to support 
           demand. 
 

CURRENT TRADING AND OUTLOOK

 
  --    Strong order intake provides 115% order coverage of full year management 
         revenue expectations and visibility into 2022. 
  --    First lease agreement with Gaming customer commenced in the second 
         half of FY21. 
  --    Component shortages and price inflation expected to persist and 
         continue to cause temporary profit margin volatility; Board confident 
         that long-term structural Group margin is intact. 
  --    Long-term outlook is positive given mounting demand and the Group's 
         strategic market positioning. 
 

Jon Jayal, CEO of Quixant commented:

"We are delighted to report overall revenue growth of over 30 per cent, fueled by a buoyant recovery in the global gaming market and continued success through our strategic positioning of Densitron. Our focus on pragmatically supporting customers through the difficult period has yielded rewards through strong customer retention and conversion of new business.

Decisive action taken by the Board early in the year to invest in strategic inventory has mitigated the impact of the widespread electronic component shortages and enabled Quixant's customers to manage through the disruption with limited impact to their business.

Component shortages and price inflation remain a challenge and we do not anticipate significant improvement in the short term. While our customers have been accepting of essential price rises, nonetheless we expect a period of continued margin volatility. However, our strong cash position and good relationship with suppliers, built up over many years, help to mitigate the impact.

"Our 115% order coverage of management revenue expectations of c$70m gives us confidence in delivering adjusted profit before tax for the full year in line with management expectations. We are well positioned for further growth in 2022."

Investor Presentation

Quixant is hosting an online presentation open to all investors tomorrow, 23 September, at 4.30pm BST. Anyone wishing to connect should register here: https://www.investormeetcompany.com/quixant-plc/register-investor .

 
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About Quixant

Quixant, founded in 2005, designs and manufactures highly optimised computing solutions and monitors principally for the global gaming and broadcast industries. The Company is headquartered in Cambridge in the UK, with offices throughout Europe, North America and Asia. Quixant has its own manufacturing and engineering operation based in Taiwan and software engineering and customer support teams based in Italy and Slovenia. All the specialised products software and manufacturing are produced in-house and Quixant owns all its own IP some of which is protected by patents and design rights.

In November 2015 Quixant acquired Densitron Technologies plc. Densitron has a strong heritage in the sale of electronic display solutions to global industrial markets. Through Densitron's experienced sales team, Quixant has a robust platform to build its business into wider industrial markets. In-depth information on the Company's products, markets, activities and history can be found on the corporate website at www.quixant.com.

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) 596/2014 as it forms part of UK domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 ("MAR"), and is disclosed in accordance with the company's obligations under Article 17 of MAR.

Business Overview

Quixant is a critical outsource technology and supply chain partner for major global industrial electronic equipment manufacturers, with a focus on specific vertical markets. The Group combines hardware, software, display and mechanical engineering expertise with detailed industry knowledge and a Far Eastern manufacturing base making it the ideal global strategic technology provider.

Quixant has a well-established and highly respected brand in the global casino gaming and slot machine market. The computer platform solutions we supply to the casino machine manufacturers combine optimised hardware and software elements which address the specialist needs of this highly regulated market. By outsourcing their computer platform to Quixant, manufacturers can focus their R&D on the game design, which has the greatest impact on their commercial success. They are also able to launch new products to market quicker.

Through Densitron, the Board executes its strategy to diversify into other focus vertical markets alongside gaming and migrate up the value chain in those markets. Densitron supplies display components to a wide range of industrial sectors, which makes it an excellent platform to identify new focus markets for the Group. We seek to understand each of these markets in depth and develop tailor-made products which are different to those readily available from broad-based technology corporations. In the broadcast market, we have made progress in developing unique human machine interface technology and control solutions which are already generating new revenue.

From time to time, the Board may complement its organic growth strategy with strategic acquisitions that enhance the Group's technical capabilities within a focus sector.

Chairman's Statement

When I joined the Board in January this year, the Group had successfully managed through an exceptionally difficult year. This reflected the quality and tenacity of the team at Quixant to emerge in a financially strong position with a loyal customer base and a range of new commercial opportunities. With the global gaming market continuing to recover and our presence in the broadcast sector building momentum, I am excited about the growth opportunities ahead for the Group.

While buoyant demand has returned to the Gaming Business and Densitron has seen a growth in trading, the Group has faced challenges due to the global shortage of electronic components. Early recognition of the issues and judicious use of our strong cash position has been essential to underpin supply to customers since the end of Q1. The strength of the Group's excellent Taiwanese procurement operation which has built strong supplier relationships over many years has been of critical importance over this challenging period. It is expected that the component shortages and associated price inflation will persist well into 2022, although we continue to mitigate the impact of this issue as far as possible.

Throughout the period, despite the allocation of cash to strategic stock, the Group maintained a robust financial position which provides a strong foundation and the flexibility to invest in the Group's expected future growth through continued product innovation.

During last year we focused on supporting our customers through the difficulties they faced as their markets closed. To help manage their capital outlay and elevate the value proposition of working with Quixant we devised a leasing option for our Gaming products under which shipments commenced during the third quarter. We will evaluate the success of this over the next few months and offer it to other manufacturers.

We are pleased to welcome Johan Olivier to the Board as Chief Financial Officer from 31 August 2021. This high calibre appointment will ensure we continue to have a robust finance function as we return to growth.

Chief Executive's Report

The Group's recovery from the unprecedented challenges faced in 2020 is clear from the trading results achieved in the first half of this year. We delivered double-digit revenue growth across both operating divisions during the period and profits which are comfortably in line with management expectations. A strong recovery in demand from our end markets and conversion of new business pipeline has driven this growth and led to exceptional order intake during the first half of the year, providing us with confidence in our second half performance. During this period, our book-to-bill has been considerably more than one.

Gaming Business Review

The pandemic resulted in the closure of many global gaming markets for some of 2020. The US market closure in March 2020 for much of the second quarter had a profound impact on Quixant with most of our customers stopping or severely reducing manufacturing gaming machines. Once gaming markets started to reopen in the middle of the year, activity in the market has rebounded, particularly so in the USA. The data coming out of the US gaming market, critical to Quixant's business, is remarkably positive. The American Gaming Association's July 2021 Commercial Gaming Revenue reports US commercial gaming revenues 17% higher over the year to end July 2021 compared to 2019 and 103% higher than the same period in 2020. The advent of widespread sports betting and online gaming in the US market has fueled some of this growth, but land-based slot gross gaming revenue is reported to be up 9% over the same period compared to 2019 and 96% versus 2020. Other territories, particularly Europe and Asia are seeing a less conclusive recovery at this point but indicate positive momentum towards pre-pandemic levels. While this growth in gaming revenues does not directly correlate with increased sales of machines incorporating our computer platforms, it certainly signals a buoyant market backdrop for our customers to sell into.

Through 2020, we intensively collaborated with customers to support them through an extremely difficult period. Our demonstrable partnership has fostered even closer relationships which have already delivered new business opportunities. Amid the component shortages being faced in 2021, we have demonstrated the importance of Quixant as a strong outsource technology partner with entrenched Asian supply chain channels. Our prompt response in January 2021 to the shortages was to undertake an ongoing programme of strategic stock purchases, which has buffered our customers from the impact and safeguarded product supply. Our collaborative approach with customers has also facilitated a smoother implementation of essential price rises in our products to mitigate reduction in our profit margins.

Conversion of five targets/prospects to new customers in the first half of 2021, increasing total new customer wins to 11 in the last 15 months, is indicative that more and more manufacturers are recognising the benefits of outsourcing. We commenced mass production shipments for four of these in the second half of 2021, underpinning our confidence in growth in 2022.

There can be no better demonstration of the regard we are held by our customers than the following quotes from two recent new business wins.

The first relates to a project we are working on to supply our new turnkey self-service betting terminals (SSBTs) to BetConstruct for their land-based betting offering. After delays in executing our SSBT strategy after demonstrating it at ICE in February 2020 due to COVID, it is pleasing to be making progress during 2021 in this regard.

"I am happy to say that I am most pleased with the Quixant offerings. Your superior technology is known within the industry; what is not always apparent is your commitment to customer service which is paramount when contemplating a business relationship." - Jeffrey Connor, CEO BetConstruct (North America).

It is a privilege to be recognised by the Chairman and Founder of Ortiz Gaming, a large, long-standing and highly respected gaming business predominantly operating in the video bingo market.

"Ortiz considers Quixant a key technology partner in our casino games business, providing not only high-quality hardware but also top of the line software and support in a very close relationship with our own technical teams." - Alejandro Ortiz, CEO Ortiz Gaming

We have previously announced our development of a lease offering for our computer platform products which we commenced deliveries on a pilot basis at the start of the second half of 2021. This represents a new way of machine manufacturers accessing computer platform technology in the industry.

Densitron Business Review

The Densitron business built from its resilient trading performance in 2020 to deliver 13% year-on-year revenue growth and very strong order intake. Amid the electronics component shortages, our strong competence in operations and supply chain was also evident in the fact that 98% of orders which were due to be shipped in the first half were delivered to customers.

We continued to make progress in our broadcast focus market, launching several strategic new product lines. One such product line is Tactila(R), a patent pending technology which allows physical rotary controls to be placed in the active area of the display for mission-critical, precision control. Tactila(R) forms part of the foundation for our next generation human machine interface (HMI) solutions for broadcast equipment. The evaluation kit has now been made available for customer trials. We have 61 broadcast customers in final approval stage in our new business pipeline in broadcast, of which 36 are for Densitron Display Components, 7 for Densitron Control Surfaces and 18 for Densitron Control Systems.

The growing revenue and pipeline over the first half of 2021 positions us strongly for robust full year trading. The IDS business continued to suffer for most of H1 2021 with the COVID restrictions inhibiting installations in venues, but activity picked up towards the end of the half with both existing orders starting to be fulfilled and new business resuming.

Moderate investments into Densitron's core Display Components offering have also led to new product launches. Particularly relevant in the current climate are two technologies designed to address human machine interaction without physical contact: hover touch and antimicrobial cover glass. We believe these have widespread application in areas such as the medical sector and point-of-sale kiosks.

Group Financial Review

Group revenues were up 31% year on year to $36.5m (H1 2020: $27.9m), with Quixant Gaming growing 55% to $18.4m (H1 2020: $11.9m) and Densitron growing 13% to $18.1m (H1 2020: $16.0m).

Gross margin in H1 2021 was 30%, down from the 32% achieved in H1 2020. The decline reflected the impact of component price inflation due to the shortages experienced in obtaining key components, which has affected many industries globally. While we have successfully increased our prices across almost all customers in the business through the first half of the year, the volatility in component prices has increased our cost of sales ahead of these price increases. We expect the margin pressure we are seeing to be temporary and is due to the widespread current electronic component shortages rather than a structural shift in our business. The pass-through increases we have implemented will support our margin position as they start to flow through our income statement in the second half of 2021 and into 2022.

Operating expenses decreased by $1.8m or 15% to $10.1m (H1 2020: $11.9m) due to cost saving measures the Group implemented in 2020, despite the weakening of the US Dollar (the Group's reporting and functional currency) versus most international currencies which has led to inflation in our reported costs.

Adjusted pre-tax profit during the first half was $1.3m, a significant improvement on the adjusted pre-tax loss of $1.2m during the H1 2020. Reported pre-tax profit was $0.8m (H1 2020: loss of $3.0m).

The Group generated cash from operations of $1.1m in the period, an increase of $1.4m from the cash used of $0.3m in the first half of 2020. This positive cash generation was despite the strategic investment in inventory the Group made during the year to support demand.

Net cash was $15.0m at 30 June 2021, compared with $17.4m at 31 December 2020. The Group returned $1.8m (H1 2020: nil) to shareholders in the form of a full year dividend for the 2020 financial year in May 2021.

Outlook

As we enter the second half, 115% order coverage of management revenue expectations together with a qualified pipeline of new opportunities is encouraging. The Board is therefore confident in growth in the second half, consistent with previous years, and delivering strong full year trading and adjusted profit before tax in line with management expectations. The Group continues to actively manage through supply chain challenges because of electronic component shortages and while these have placed some temporary pressure on gross margin, we believe that our long-term structural Group margin is intact. The long-term outlook is positive given increasing demand and the Group's strategic market positioning.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF PROFIT AND LOSS AND OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

FOR THE SIX MONTHSED 30 JUNE 2021, 30 JUNE 2020 AND YEARED 31 DECEMBER 2020

 
                                                    Unaudited 30 June 2021   Unaudited 30 June 2020   31 December 2020 
                                             Note                                       (Restated*) 
                                                                      $000                     $000               $000 
 
 Revenue                                                            36,543                   27,901             63,794 
 Cost of sales                                                    (25,466)                 (19,051)           (43,742) 
-----------------------------------------  ------  -----------------------  -----------------------  ----------------- 
 Gross profit                                                       11,077                    8,850             20,052 
 Operating expenses                                               (10,075)                 (11,858)           (21,904) 
-----------------------------------------  ------  -----------------------  -----------------------  ----------------- 
 Operating profit / (loss)                                           1,002                  (3,008)            (1,852) 
 Financial expenses                                                  (192)                     (40)              (151) 
-----------------------------------------  ------  -----------------------  -----------------------  ----------------- 
 Profit / (Loss) before tax                     1                      810                  (3,048)            (2,003) 
 Taxation                                                            (108)                       20              (955) 
-----------------------------------------  ------  -----------------------  -----------------------  ----------------- 
 Profit / (Loss) for the period                                        702                  (3,028)            (2,958) 
-----------------------------------------  ------  -----------------------  -----------------------  ----------------- 
 
 Other comprehensive expense 
 Foreign currency translation differences                              208                     (59)                788 
-----------------------------------------  ------  -----------------------  -----------------------  ----------------- 
 Total comprehensive income for the 
  period                                                               910                  (3,087)            (2,170) 
-----------------------------------------  ------  -----------------------  -----------------------  ----------------- 
 
 Basic earnings per share                       2                  $0.0106                ($0.0456)          ($0.0445) 
 Fully diluted earnings per share               2                  $0.0105                ($0.0453)          ($0.0445) 
 

The above condensed consolidated statement of profit and loss and other comprehensive income should be read in conjunction with the accompanying notes.

* See note 4 - Prior year restatement

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET

AS AT 30 JUNE 2021, 30 JUNE 2020 AND AT 31 DECEMBER 2020

 
                                                Unaudited 30 June 2021   Unaudited 30 June 2020   31 December 2020 
                                         Note 
                                                                  $000                     $000               $000 
 
 Non-current assets 
 Property, plant and equipment                                   5,883                    5,757              6,004 
 Right-of-use asset                                              1,224                      251              1,276 
 Intangible assets                                              16,079                   17,078             16,189 
 Investment property                                                 -                        -                  - 
 Deferred tax assets                                             1,958                      426              1,267 
---------------------------------------------  -----------------------  -----------------------  ----------------- 
 Total non-current assets                                       25,144                   23,512             24,736 
---------------------------------------------  -----------------------  -----------------------  ----------------- 
 
 Current assets 
 Inventories                                                    24,773                   22,857             21,601 
 Trade and other receivables                                    18,365                   17,571             16,517 
 Cash and cash equivalents                                      16,120                   15,842             18,804 
---------------------------------------------  -----------------------  -----------------------  ----------------- 
 Total current assets                                           59,258                   56,270             56,922 
---------------------------------------------  -----------------------  -----------------------  ----------------- 
 
 Total assets                                                   84,402                   79,782             81,658 
---------------------------------------------  -----------------------  -----------------------  ----------------- 
 
 Current liabilities 
 Other interest-bearing loans and 
  borrowings                                                     (487)                    (953)              (695) 
 Trade and other payables                                     (16,297)                 (13,783)           (12,913) 
 Tax payable                                                   (1,618)                        -            (1,022) 
 IFRS 16 lease liability                                         (456)                    (279)              (386) 
---------------------------------------------  -----------------------  -----------------------  ----------------- 
 Total current liabilities                                    (18,858)                 (15,015)           (15,016) 
---------------------------------------------  -----------------------  -----------------------  ----------------- 
 
 Non-current liabilities 
 Other interest-bearing loans and 
  borrowings                                                     (667)                    (724)              (712) 
 Provisions                                                      (371)                    (314)              (354) 
 Deferred tax liabilities                                      (1,237)                  (1,469)            (1,322) 
 IFRS 16 lease liability                                         (794)                        -              (901) 
---------------------------------------------  -----------------------  -----------------------  ----------------- 
 Total non-current liabilities                                 (3,069)                  (2,507)            (3,289) 
---------------------------------------------  -----------------------  -----------------------  ----------------- 
 
 Total liabilities                                            (21,927)                 (17,522)           (18,305) 
---------------------------------------------  -----------------------  -----------------------  ----------------- 
 
 Net assets                                                     62,475                   62,260             63,353 
---------------------------------------------  -----------------------  -----------------------  ----------------- 
 
 Equity attributable to equity 
 holders of the parent 
 Share capital                                                     106                      106                106 
 Share premium                                                   6,708                    6,698              6,708 
 Share based payments reserve                                    1,631                    1,405              1,571 
 Retained earnings                                              52,940                   54,016             54,086 
 Translation reserve                                             1,090                       35                882 
---------------------------------------------  -----------------------  -----------------------  ----------------- 
 Total equity                                                   62,475                   62,260             63,353 
---------------------------------------------  -----------------------  -----------------------  ----------------- 
 
 

The above condensed consolidated balance sheet should be read in conjunction with the accompanying notes.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

FOR THE SIX MONTHSED 30 JUNE 2021, 31 DECEMBER 2020 AND 30 JUNE 2020

 
                    Share capital   Share premium       Translation       Share based          Retained   Total equity 
                                                            reserve          payments          earnings 
                             $000            $000              $000              $000              $000           $000 
 Balance at 1 
  January 2020                106           6,698                94             1,345            57,044         65,287 
 Total 
 comprehensive 
 income for the 
 period 
 Loss                           -               -                 -                 -           (3,028)        (3,028) 
 Other 
  comprehensive 
  expense                       -               -              (59)                 -                 -           (59) 
                   --------------  --------------  ----------------  ----------------  ----------------  ------------- 
 Total 
  comprehensive 
  income for the 
  period                        -               -              (59)                 -           (3,028)        (3,087) 
                   --------------  --------------  ----------------  ----------------  ----------------  ------------- 
 
 Transactions 
 with owners, 
 recorded 
 directly in 
 equity 
 Share based 
  payments                      -               -                 -                60                 -             60 
 Total 
  contributions 
  by and 
  distributions 
  to owners                     -               -                 -                60                 -             60 
                   --------------  --------------  ----------------  ----------------  ----------------  ------------- 
 Unaudited 
  balance at 30 
  June 2020                   106           6,698                35             1,405            54,016         62,260 
                   --------------  --------------  ----------------  ----------------  ----------------  ------------- 
 
 Unaudited 
  balance at 1 
  July 2020                   106           6,698                35             1,405            54,016         62,260 
 Total 
 comprehensive 
 income for the 
 period 
 Profit                         -               -                 -                 -                70             70 
 Other 
  comprehensive 
  expense                       -               -               847                 -                 -            847 
                   --------------  --------------  ----------------  ----------------  ----------------  ------------- 
 Total 
  comprehensive 
  income for the 
  period                        -               -               847                 -                70            917 
                   --------------  --------------  ----------------  ----------------  ----------------  ------------- 
 
 Transactions 
 with owners, 
 recorded 
 directly in 
 equity 
 Share based 
  payments                      -               -                 -               166                 -            166 
 Exercise of 
  options                       -              10                 -                 -                 -             10 
                   --------------  --------------  ----------------  ----------------  ----------------  ------------- 
 Total 
  contributions 
  by and 
  distributions 
  to owners                     -              10                 -               166                 -            176 
                   --------------  --------------  ----------------  ----------------  ----------------  ------------- 
 Balance at 31 
  December 2020               106           6,708               882             1,571            54,086         63,353 
                   --------------  --------------  ----------------  ----------------  ----------------  ------------- 
 
 Balance at 1 
  January 2021                106           6,708               882             1,571            54,086         63,353 
 Total 
 comprehensive 
 income for the 
 period 
 Profit                         -               -                 -                 -               702            702 
 Other 
  comprehensive 
  expense                       -               -               208                 -                 -            208 
                   --------------  --------------  ----------------  ----------------  ----------------  ------------- 
 Total 
  comprehensive 
  income for the 
  period                        -               -               208                 -               702            910 
                   --------------  --------------  ----------------  ----------------  ----------------  ------------- 
 
 Transactions 
 with owners, 
 recorded 
 directly in 
 equity 
 Share based 
  payments                      -               -                 -                60                 -             60 
 Dividend paid                  -               -                 -                 -           (1,848)        (1,848) 
 Total 
  contributions 
  by and 
  distributions 
  to owners                     -               -                 -                60           (1,848)        (1,788) 
                   --------------  --------------  ----------------  ----------------  ----------------  ------------- 
 Unaudited 
  balance at 30 
  June 2021                   106           6,708             1,090             1,631            52,940         62,475 
                   --------------  --------------  ----------------  ----------------  ----------------  ------------- 
 
 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW STATEMENT

FOR THE SIX MONTHSED 30 JUNE 2021, 30 JUNE 2020 AND YEARED 31 DECEMBER 2020

 
                                              Unaudited 30 June 2021   Unaudited 30 June 2020   31 December 2020 
                                                                $000                     $000               $000 
 
 Cash flows from operating activities 
 Profit / (Loss) for the period                                  702                  (3,028)            (2,958) 
 Adjustments for: 
 Depreciation, amortisation and impairment                     1,332                    2,869              3,084 
 Impairment losses on intangible assets                            -                        -              1,503 
 Depreciation of leased assets                                   628                      229                473 
 Movement in provisions                                           17                     (25)            (1,061) 
 Taxation (income) / expense                                     108                     (20)                955 
 Lease liability interest expense                                138                       32                 55 
 Financial expense                                                54                        8                 96 
 Equity settled share-based payments                              60                       60                226 
 Loan forgiven from prior year                                 (117)                        -                  - 
                                             -----------------------  -----------------------  ----------------- 
                                                               2,922                      125              2,373 
 (Increase) / decrease in trade and other 
  receivables                                                (1,848)                    6,294              7,026 
 (Increase) / decrease in inventories                        (3,003)                  (2,489)                 14 
 Increase / (decrease) in trade and other 
  payables                                                     3,470                  (4,180)            (4,625) 
                                             -----------------------  -----------------------  ----------------- 
                                                               1,541                    (250)              4,788 
 Interest paid                                                  (54)                      (8)               (96) 
 Lease liability interest expense                              (138)                     (32)               (55) 
 Tax (paid) / received                                         (288)                       37              (663) 
                                             -----------------------  -----------------------  ----------------- 
 Net cash from operating activities                            1,061                    (253)              3,974 
                                             -----------------------  -----------------------  ----------------- 
 
 Cash flows from investing activities 
 Acquisition of property, plant and 
  equipment                                                     (99)                     (41)              (431) 
 Acquisition of intangible assets                              (984)                  (1,359)            (1,809) 
                                             -----------------------  -----------------------  ----------------- 
 Net cash used in investing activities                       (1,083)                  (1,400)            (2,240) 
                                             -----------------------  -----------------------  ----------------- 
 
 Cash flows from financing activities 
 Proceeds from new loan                                          672                      862                606 
 Repayment of borrowings                                       (813)                     (44)               (19) 
 Lease liability paid                                          (612)                    (277)              (526) 
 Dividends paid                                              (1,848)                        -                  - 
 Exercise of options                                               -                        -                 10 
                                             -----------------------  -----------------------  ----------------- 
 Net cash used in financing activities                       (2,601)                      541                 71 
                                             -----------------------  -----------------------  ----------------- 
 
 Net (decrease) / increase in cash and 
  cash equivalents                                           (2,623)                  (1,112)              1,805 
 Cash and cash equivalents at 1 January                       18,804                   16,954             16,954 
 Foreign exchange rate movements                                (61)                        -                 45 
                                             -----------------------  -----------------------  ----------------- 
 Cash and cash equivalents at period end                      16,120                   15,842             18,804 
                                             -----------------------  -----------------------  ----------------- 
 
 

The above condensed consolidated cash flow statement should be read in conjunction with the accompanying notes.

   1.   Basis of preparation and accounting policies 

As is permitted by the AIM rules for Companies, the directors have not adopted the requirements of IAS34 'Interim Financial Reporting' in preparing the interim financial statements. Accordingly, the interim financial statements are not in full compliance with IFRS. The reporting currency adopted by the Quixant Group is US Dollar as this is the trading currency of the Group. The financial information shown for the year ended 31 December 2020 in the interim financial information does not constitute full statutory financial statements as defined in Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006 and has been extracted from the Company's annual report and accounts. The Auditor's Report on the annual report and accounts was unqualified. The condensed consolidated interim financial information is neither audited nor reviewed and the results of operations for the six months ended 30 June 2021 are not necessarily indicative of the operating results for future operating periods. The condensed consolidated interim financial information has not been reviewed under IRSE 2410. This condensed consolidated interim financial report was approved by the Board of Directors on 21 September 2021.

The accounting policies applied by the Group in this condensed consolidated interim financial report are the same as those applied by the Group in its consolidated financial statements as at and for the year ended 31 December 2020.

Reconciliation of profit before tax

The Directors consider that disclosing alternative performance measures enhances shareholders' ability to

evaluate and analyse the underlying financial performance of the Group. They have identified Adjusted Profit

before tax as a measure that enables the assessment of the performance of the Group and assists in financial, operational and commercial decision-making.

In adjusting for this measure the Directors have sought to eliminate those items of income and expenditure

that do not specifically relate to the normal operational performance of the Group in a specific year. The table below reconciles Profit / (Loss) before tax to Adjusted Profit / (Loss) before tax identifying those reconciling items of income and expense.

Profit / (Loss) before tax and Adjusted Profit / (Loss) before tax for the current and prior periods has been derived as follows:

 
                                                  Six months ended 30 June 2021   Six months ended                Year 
                                                                                           30 June               ended 
                                                                                              2020    31 December 2020 
                                                                           $000               $000                $000 
 
 Profit / (Loss) for the period                                             702            (3,028)             (2,958) 
 Adding back: 
 Taxation expense / (income)                                                108               (20)                 955 
                                                 ------------------------------  -----------------  ------------------ 
 Profit / (Loss) before tax                                                 810            (3,048)             (2,003) 
 Research & development derecognised(1)                                       -              1,307               1,503 
 Amortisation of customer relationships and 
  order backlog(2)                                                          460                449                 920 
 Share based payments expense(3)                                             60                 60                 226 
 Restructuring costs(4)                                                       -                  -                 674 
                                                 ------------------------------  -----------------  ------------------ 
 Adjusted Profit / (Loss) before tax                                      1,330            (1,232)               1,320 
                                                 ------------------------------  -----------------  ------------------ 
 
 

1. To derecognise capitalised research & development due to one-off notifications by key suppliers to end-of-life key components utilised in our gaming products; citing changing market demands and supply chain issues brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

2. The amortisation of customer relationships and order backlog has been excluded as it is not a cash expense of the Group.

   3.     Share based payments expense has been excluded as they are not a cash expense of the Group. 

4. Other items of income and expense - where other items of income and expense occur in a particular period and their inclusion in PBT meant that a period-on-period comparison of operational results is not a consistent basis the directors will exclude them from the adjusted numbers. During the periods under review the directors have excluded restructuring costs in respect of employee departures.

   2.    Earnings per share 
 
                                                         Six months ended   Six months ended                Year 
                                                             30 June 2021       30 June 2020               ended 
                                                                                                31 December 2020 
                                                                     $000               $000                $000 
 
 Earnings 
 Earnings for the purposes of basic and diluted EPS 
  being net profit / (loss) attributable 
  to equity shareholders                                              702            (3,028)             (2,958) 
                                                        -----------------  -----------------  ------------------ 
 
 Number of shares 
 Weighted average number of ordinary shares for the 
  purposes of basic EPS                                        66,450,060         66,435,060          66,437,683 
 Effect of dilutive potential ordinary shares: 
 Share options                                                    415,500            460,290             154,375 
                                                        -----------------  -----------------  ------------------ 
 Weighted number of ordinary shares for the purposes 
  of diluted EPS                                               66,865,560         66,895,350          66,592,058 
                                                        -----------------  -----------------  ------------------ 
 Basic earnings per share                                         $0.0106          ($0.0456)           ($0.0445) 
                                                        -----------------  -----------------  ------------------ 
 Diluted earnings per share                                       $0.0105          ($0.0453)           ($0.0445) 
                                                        -----------------  -----------------  ------------------ 
 
 Basic earnings per share is calculated by dividing the earnings attributable to ordinary shareholders 
  by the weighted average number of shares outstanding during the period. 
                                                         Six months ended   Six months ended                Year 
                                                             30 June 2021       30 June 2020               ended 
                                                                                                31 December 2020 
 Calculation of adjusted diluted earnings per share:                 $000               $000                $000 
 
 Earnings 
 Earnings for the purposes of basic and diluted EPS 
  being net profit / (loss) attributable 
  to equity shareholders                                              702            (3,028)             (2,958) 
                                                        -----------------  -----------------  ------------------ 
 Adjustments 
 Research & development derecognised                                    -              1,307               1,503 
 Amortisation of customer relationships and order 
  backlog                                                             460                449                 920 
 Share based payments expense                                          60                 60                 226 
 Restructuring costs                                                    -                  -                 674 
                                                        -----------------  -----------------  ------------------ 
                                                                    1,222            (1,212)                 365 
 Tax effect of adjustments                                            108               (20)               (631) 
                                                        -----------------  -----------------  ------------------ 
 Adjusted earnings                                                  1,330            (1,232)               (266) 
                                                        -----------------  -----------------  ------------------ 
 Adjusted diluted earnings per share                              $0.0199          ($0.0184)           ($0.0040) 
                                                        -----------------  -----------------  ------------------ 
 
   3.    Related party transactions 

During the period the Group paid EUR15,600 (H1 2020: EUR15,600) for administrative services to Francesca Marzilli, the wife of Nicholas Jarmany. There were no other related party transactions, other than transactions with key management personnel, who are the Directors of the Company.

   4.    Prior year restatement 

During the prior year, Quixant plc identified that a consolidation journal between operating expenses and cost of sales in respect of overheads absorbed in the production of finished goods, was omitted from the 2020 interim results.

As a result, the cost of sales previously recognised in H1 2020 of $17.9m has now increased by $1.1m whilst the operating expenses recognised in H1 2020 of $13.0m has now decreased by $1.1m. This adjustment has no effect on the profit before tax and profit for the year for H1 2020.

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