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Catalyst Media Group PLC
30 March 2021
 

30 March 2021

 

Catalyst Media Group Plc

("CMG", "Catalyst" or the "Company")

 

Interim Results for the Six Months Ended 31 December 2020

 

 

Catalyst (AIM: CMX) is pleased to announce its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 31 December 2020.

 

CMG is a 20.54% shareholder in Sports Information Services (Holdings) Limited ("SIS") and the results include its share in the profits/(losses) of SIS as an equity accounted associate.

 

Financial Highlights for the six months to 31 December 2020

· CMG loss after taxation of £0.43 million (2019: profit of £0.32 million)

· Loss per share of 2.03p (2019: earnings of 1.53p)

· Net asset value per share of 58.7p (2019: 66.3p)

· For the six months to 30 September 2020, SIS achieved

Revenues of £68.6 million (2019: £121.1 million)

Operating loss of £2.4 million (2019: profit of £1.9 million)

Loss after tax on ordinary activities of £1.9 million (2019: profit of £1.7 million)

· SIS did not declare or pay any dividends to CMG during the reporting period (2019: £5.0 million declared of which £1.03 million was received by CMG)

· CMG has not declared nor paid any dividends during the reporting period (2019: £1.05 million declared in October 2019 and paid in November 2019)

 

Impact of Covid-19

SIS's profitability has been significantly impacted by Covid-19 and its management expects SIS to make a loss for its current financial year to 31 March 2021, of between £9 million and £10 million.

 

SIS's operations were impacted by the cancellation of horse and greyhound racing in mid-March 2020. There was an orderly resumption of horse and greyhound racing in England from 1 June 2020 and horseracing in Ireland from 8 June 2020, with the reopening of Licenced Betting Offices in England from 15 June 2020 resulting in an initial return to full operations at SIS until further restrictions were imposed from October 2020 onwards. SIS was able to continue to provide content for its customers during this time and has generally sought to offset revenue shortfalls from retail with increased online digital revenues. Retail betting shops in England are currently due to reopen in mid April 2021 and, assuming no further government restrictions are imposed, SIS's management expect that SIS will return to profitability in its financial year to 31 March 2022 with increased contributions from overseas activities together with expansion in digital and from its recent acquisition of 49's Ltd.

 

 

Enquiries:

 

Catalyst Media Group Plc

Michael Rosenberg, Non-executive Chairman  Mob: 07785 727 595

Melvin Lawson, Non-executive Director  Tel: 020 7734 8111

 

Strand Hanson Limited   Tel: 020 7409 3494

James Harris / Matthew Chandler

 

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulations (EU) No. 596/2014 as it forms part of United Kingdom domestic law by virtue of the European (Withdrawal) Act 2018.

 

Chairman's Statement

 

For the six month period ended 31 December 2020, the Company incurred a net loss after taxation of £0.43 million (2019: profit of £0.32 million).

 

Net assets as at 31 December 2020 were £12.3 million (30 June 2020: £12.8 million). Net cash as at 31 December 2020 was £0.2 million (2019: £0.3 million).

 

CMG's main asset remains its 20.54% stake in SIS and the Company received no dividend (2019: dividend of £1.03 million) from SIS during the period. The value of CMG's investment in SIS has reduced from approximately £12.5 million to approximately £12.1 million, due to its share of the loss incurred. As a result, CMG's net assets per share as at 31 December 2020 were 58.7p (2019: 66.3p), though the carrying value of our investment in SIS will need to be reviewed again at our financial year end in light of its present difficulties.

 

CMG equity accounts for its share in the loss of SIS which was £1.9 million after tax for its six month period to 30 September 2020 (2019: profit of £1.7 million). SIS's revenues for such period were £68.6 million (2019: £121.1 million) which were derived from its business of providing integrated television and data services to Licensed Betting Offices in the UK, Ireland and overseas. SIS generated an operating loss for such period of £2.4 million, compared to an operating profit of £1.9 million in the comparable period for 2019.

 

CMG currently has cash reserves of approximately £0.2 million which is sufficient for its present needs.

 

Set out below is an overview of the activities of SIS's key divisions for the period under review.

 

SIS Betting - UK and Ireland Retail

SIS continued to provide a core service based on content from UK Horseracing, Irish Horseracing, British and Irish Greyhounds, 49's and International Horseracing to the UK and Irish retail market, including all the major UK bookmaking groups and the majority of the independent market. SIS also supplies additional content and services to its UK and Irish retail customers to cover the early morning period as well as evening products.

 

The last year has seen significant disruption from Covid-19 with SIS's retail customers required to close or significantly restrict their operations in shops for various periods of the year. As such, this area of SIS's business has incurred losses in the period.

 

SIS Betting - International & Online

SIS produces 24/7 channels covering horseracing, greyhound racing, virtual racing and mixed channels, having secured content covering the whole 24-hour period. Such content includes horseracing from Argentina, Latin America, USA, Germany, Spain, Mauritius, Dubai and Saudi Arabia as well the UK and Irish horseracing and greyhound racing from the UK, Ireland and Mexico.

 

SIS distributes over 50 channels to international retail and online operators designed to maximise betting opportunities with further customers due to go live in the near future. Many of its international and online operators have signed multiyear agreements.  SIS continues to progress its strategy for increasing distribution, in both new and existing International and Digital markets, using proprietary production technology as well as streaming and data pricing services.

 

Covid-19, whilst negatively impacting revenues from international retail operators, has resulted in a significant boost to revenues from online operators as end-customers have sought alternative ways to access and place bets on SIS content. Whilst online revenues are benefitting from the current temporary retail restrictions, there is also significant underlying growth.

 

India

As previously reported, the claim in respect of the Indian project continues to be pursued but the outcome remains uncertain. The legal and associated costs relating to this claim have been significantly reduced but are still impacting profits. SIS accounts for such legal costs as they arise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Litigation

As previously announced on 9 October 2020, in the case brought by The Racing Partnership ("TRP") and others against SIS's subsidiary, Sports Information Services Limited ("SISL"), and others, the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in relation to the appeals against various elements of the High Court judgment of Mr Justice Zacaroli in respect of liability issues in the case as follows:

 

1.  Upheld SISL's appeal in relation to the finding of breach of confidence in relation to certain race day data supplied to SISL by a co-defendant; and

 

2.  Upheld TRP's appeal against the dismissal of its claims for unlawful means conspiracy.

 

There has been no ruling given in respect of damages and SIS has, after consultation with its advisers, sought an appeal to the Supreme Court which it expects to be heard in late 2021 if granted. SISL have been ordered by the judge to pay 20% of TRP's costs.

 

Current Trading and Impact of Covid-19

SIS's current trading has been significantly impacted by the Covid-19 restrictions placed on its retail operator customers in the UK, Ireland and across the world who have experienced a series of closures and operational restrictions as part of the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic. Most recently, such restrictions have seen Licensed Betting Offices closed across the UK and Ireland since the end of December 2020 with reopening currently expected in England in mid-April 2021 but potentially subject to further operating limitations.

 

During the period SIS has seen a series of online operators both in the UK and Internationally sign contracts for new or additional content and is experiencing significantly higher revenues from its online operators due to higher volumes of end-customer use. Such higher revenue has helped offset some of the shortfall from retail operators.

 

SIS's profitability for its financial year to 31 March 2021 has been significantly impacted by Covid-19 and its management expects SIS to make a loss for its current financial year of between £9 million and £10 million. Although it is too early to be certain of prospects for its financial year to 31 March 2022, it is currently expected by SIS's management that as conditions improve, and retail markets reopen, SIS will return to profitability for that period. Despite the overall adverse impact of Covid-19, SIS has continued to achieve growth in its International and online customer base, most recently launching channels for Latin American and European customers and has seen the launch of its Competitive Gaming (esports) product as well as increased benefit from its acquisition of the 49's business completed earlier in the year.

 

Outlook

As stated above, it is currently expected that SIS will return to profitability in its next financial year as the benefits from its online businesses and international opportunities develop. The cash position of SIS remains strong though at a lower level than previously anticipated. However, the result of the abovementioned litigation with TRP remains uncertain. Accordingly, no decisions are currently expected to be made with regard to dividend payments by SIS this year. CMG has sufficient working capital for its foreseeable needs and continues to operate at a very low level of overheads.

 

 

 

Michael Rosenberg OBE

Chairman

 

30 March 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated interim statement of comprehensive income

 

 

Notes

6 months to 31 December 2020

 

£

Unaudited

6 months to 31 December 2019

 

£

Unaudited

12 months to 30 June 2020

 

£

Audited

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

12,500

12,500

25,000

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of sales

 

-

-

-

Gross profit

 

12,500

12,500

25,000

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative expenses

 

(49,424)

(51,279)

(123,600)

Other operating income

 

-

-

-

Operating loss

 

(36,924)

(38,779)

(98,600)

 

 

 

 

 

Financial income

 

13

464

712

Financial costs

 

-

-

-

Net financial income

 

13

464

712

 

 

 

 

 

Share of profit/(loss) of equity-accounted associate

Impairment of equity-accounted associate

3

(384,303)

 

   -

359,245

 

  -

125,294

 

(1,160,843)

 

 

 

 

 

Profit/(loss) before taxation

 

(421,214)

320,930

(1,133,437)

 

 

 

 

 

Taxation

 

(4,934)

-

25,583

 

 

 

 

 

Profit/(loss) for the period

 

(426,148)

320,930

(1,107,854)

 

 

 

 

 

Share of other comprehensive profit of associate

 

 

-

-

262,707

Total comprehensive income/(loss) for the period

 

(426,148)

320,930

(845,147)

 

 

 

 

 

Attributable to equity holders of the company

 

(426,148)

320,930

(845,147)

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings/(loss) per share:

4

 

 

 

Basic

 

(2.03p)

1.53p

(5.27p)

Diluted

 

(2.03p)

1.53p

(5.27p)

 

 

 

Consolidated interim statement of financial position

 

 

Notes

31 December

2020

 

£

Unaudited

  31 December

2019

 

£

Unaudited

30 June

2020

 

£

Audited

Assets

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

Investment in associate

3

12,090,677

13,607,067

12,474,980

 

 

12,090,677

13,607,067

12,474,980

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

Trade and other receivables

 

35,734

18,795

62,741

Cash and cash equivalents

 

260,020

326,182

270,654

 

 

295,754

344,977

333,395

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 

12,386,431

13,952,044

12,808,375

 

 

 

 

 

Equity and liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capital and reserves attributable to equity holders of the parent

 

 

 

 

Share capital

 

2,103,202

2,103,202

2,103,202

Capital redemption reserve

 

711,117

711,117

711,117

Merger reserve

 

2,402,674

2,402,674

2,402,674

Retained profits

 

7,127,752

8,719,977

7,553,900

 

 

12,344,745

13,936,970

12,770,893

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

41,686

15,074

37,482

Corporation tax payable

 

-

-

-

 

 

41,686

15,074

37,482

 

 

 

 

 

Total equity and liabilities

 

12,386,431

13,952,044

12,808,375

 

 

 

Consolidated interim cash flow statement

 

 

 

6 months

to 31 December 2020

 

£

Unaudited

6 months

to 31 December 2019

 

£

Unaudited

12 months

to 30

June

2020

 

£

Audited

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flow from operating activities

 

 

 

 

Profit / (loss) before taxation

 

(421,214)

320,930

(1,133,437)

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

 

Share of (profit) / loss from associate

 

384,303

(359,245)

(125,294)

Impairment of investment in associate

 

-

-

1,160,843

Finance income

 

(13)

(464)

(712)

Corporation taxes recovered

 

34,875

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash outflow from operating activities before changes in working capital

 

(2,049)

(38,779)

(98,600)

(Increase) / Decrease in trade and other receivables

 

(12,802)

20,212

1,849

Increase / (Decrease) in trade and other payables

 

4,204

(14,588)

7,820

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash outflow used in operating activities

 

(10,647)

(33,155)

(88,931)

 

 

 

 

 

Investing activities

 

 

 

 

Dividend received

 

-

1,026,884

1,026,884

Interest received

 

13

464

712

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash inflow from investing activities

 

13

1,027,348

1,027,596

 

 

 

 

 

Financing activities

 

 

 

 

Dividends paid

 

 

-

 

(1,051,623)

(1,051,623)

Net cash outflow from financing activities

 

-

(1,051,623)

(1,051,623)

 

 

 

 

 

Net movement in cash and cash equivalents in the period

 

(10,634)

(57,430)

(112,958)

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period

 

270,654

383,612

383,612

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period

 

260,020

326,182

270,654

 

 

Consolidated interim statement of changes in equity

 

 

Share

 capital

 

£

Unaudited

Capital redemption reserve

£

Unaudited

Merger

 reserve

 

£

Unaudited

Retained

surplus/

(deficit)

£

Unaudited

Total shareholders equity

 

Unaudited

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 July 2019

2,103,202

711,117

2,402,674

9,450,670

14,667,663

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the 6 month period to 31 December 2019

-

-

-

320,930

320,930

Dividend paid to company shareholders

-

-

-

(1,051,623)

(1,051,623)

Total comprehensive loss for the period

-

-

-

(730,693)

(730,693)

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 December 2019

2,103,202

711,117

2,402,674

8,719,977

13,936,970

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss for the 6 month period to 30 June 2020

-

-

-

(1,428,784)

(1,428,784)

Share of other comprehensive profit of associate

-

-

-

262,707

262,707

Total comprehensive loss for the period

-

-

-

(1,166,077)

(1,166,077)

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 30 June 2020

2,103,202

711,117

2,402,674

7,553,900

12,770,893

 

 

Share

 capital

 

£

Unaudited

Capital redemption reserve

£

Unaudited

Merger

 reserve

 

£

Unaudited

Retained

surplus/

(deficit)

£

Unaudited

Total

shareholders

equity

 

Unaudited

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 July 2020

2,103,202

711,117

2,402,674

7,553,900

12,770,893

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss for the 6 month period to 31 December 2020

-

-

-

(426,148)

(426,148)

Dividend paid to company shareholders

-

-

-

-

-

Total comprehensive loss for the period

-

-

-

(426,148)

(426,148)

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 December 2020

2,103,202

711,117

2,402,674

7,127,752

12,344,745

 

 

 

Notes to the interim financial statements

 

1.  Corporate information

 

CMG is a company incorporated in England and Wales and quoted on the AIM market operated by London Stock Exchange plc.

 

2.  Basis of preparation

 

These unaudited consolidated interim financial statements cover the six month period from 1 July 2020 to 31 December 2020 including the financial results of Sports Information Services (Holdings) Limited ("SIS") for the six month period to 30 September 2020.

 

These consolidated interim financial statements of the Company and its subsidiaries (the "Group") for the six months ended 31 December 2020 have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs and IFRIC interpretations) as adopted by the European Union and also in accordance with the Companies Act 2006.

 

The accounting policies adopted for the preparation of these unaudited interim financial statements are consistent with the accounting policies adopted in the Group's financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2020 and will remain so for the year ending 30 June 2021.

 

The financial information set out above does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. Statutory accounts for the year ended 30 June 2020, on which the report of the auditors was unqualified and did not contain a statement under section 498 of the Companies Act 2006, have been filed with the Registrar of Companies.

 

New financial reporting requirements

 

The Group has applied the following new financial reporting standards for the first time in preparing its financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2021. There has been no material impact on the Group's financial statements

§ IFRS 16: Covid-19 Related Rent Concessions

 

Standards, interpretations and amendments to published standards not yet effective

 

At the date of authorisation of these consolidated financial statements, the IASB and IFRIC have issued the following standard and interpretations which are effective for annual accounting periods beginning on or after the stated effective date.  This standard is not effective for, and has not been applied in, the preparation of these consolidated financial statements:

 

§ IFRS 17: Insurance Contracts (effective as of 1 January 2023)

The Directors anticipate that the adoption of this standard will not have a material impact on the Group's financial statements in the period of initial adoption.

 

3.  Investment in associate

 

 

Total

 

Group

 

£

Cost

 

At 1 July 2020

12,474,980

Additions - share of loss

(384,303)

Dividend received

-

 

 

At 31 December 2020

12,090,677

 

The Group's interest in its associate, SIS, a company incorporated in England and Wales, is held by Alternateport Limited ("Alternateport"). Alternateport holds an investment of 20.54% in the equity share capital of SIS and is entitled to appoint a director and alternate director to the SIS board. This right has been exercised since acquisition. Alternateport is a wholly owned subsidiary of Catalyst Media Holdings Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company.

The Board has reviewed its valuation of the Company's investment in SIS as at 31 December 2020 and has, in line with the Group's accounting policies, reduced the value of the investment by the amount of its share of losses for the period. As a result, the investment is carried at a value equal to its 20.54% interest in SIS's net assets of £58.85m.

 

Share of profit of associate*

30 September

2020

 

31 December 2020

31 December 2019

30 June

2020

 

SIS Total

 

CMG share

CMG share

CMG share

 

£'000

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Revenue:

 

 

 

 

 

SIS Betting Services

68,604

 

14,091

24,866

43,667

SIS LIVE services

-

 

-

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total revenue

68,604

 

14,091

24,866

43,667

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit/(loss) from ongoing operations

(2,374)

 

(488)

393

743

Net interest receivable / (payable)

63

 

13

54

155

Losses on business wind down

-

 

-

-

(735)

Profit on disposal of fixed asset

-

 

-

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit/(loss) before tax

(2,311)

 

(475)

446

163

Taxation

440

 

90

(87)

(38)

Share of (loss)/income after taxation

(1,871)

 

(384)

359

125

Net income from associate

(1,871)

 

(384)

359

125

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

 

Actuarial (loss) /gain

-

 

-

-

404

Deferred tax

-

 

-

-

(141)

 

-

 

-

-

263

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share of gross assets and liabilities of associate

 

 

 

 

 

Gross assets

125,516

 

25,781

22,999

19,273

Gross liabilities

(66,666)

 

(13,693)

(9,529)

(6,801)

Net equity

58,850

 

12,088

13,470

12,472

 

* - The period covered by the associate's accounts is the six months to 30 September 2020. The revenues have been stated excluding internal revenues.

 

SIS continued to be involved in a litigation case brought by The Racing Partnership ("TRP") and others against SIS's subsidiary, Sports Information Services Limited ("SISL"), and others. SISL has successfully defended two of the three claims and, following the year end, both SISL and TRP have been granted permission by the judge to appeal elements of the judgement. SISL have been ordered by the judge to pay 20% of TRP's costs.

 

4.  Earnings/(loss) per share

 

The calculation of the basic earnings per ordinary share of 10p each in the capital of the Company ("Share") is based upon the following:

 

 

6 months to

31 December 2020

£

6 months to

31 December 2019

£

12 months to 30 June

2020

£

Basic and Diluted

 

 

 

(Loss)/earnings per share - pence

(2.03p)

1.53p

(5.27p)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Loss)/ profit attributable to equity shareholders

(426,148)

320,930

(1,107,854)

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of Shares in issue

21,032,030

21,032,030

21,032,030

 

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