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Catalyst Media Group PLC
12 December 2017
 



Catalyst Media Group plc

 

("CMG" or the "Company")

 

Final Results for the year ended 30 June 2017

·           CMG profit before taxation £3.40 million (2016: £0.06 million loss)

·          

·           Net Asset value per share 120.9p (2016: 98.1p)

·           SIS Revenues for year ended 31 March 2017 £218.3 million (2016: £227.9 million)

·           SIS total operating profit: group and share of joint venture and associates £21.0 million (2016: £20.4 million)

·           SIS profits after tax and exceptional items £17.0 million (2016: £16.6 million)

·           SIS net cash inflow from operating activities £43.4 million (2016: £48.0 million)

·           SIS declared a dividend of £20.0 million in July 2016, £4.1 million received by CMG

·           Following receipt of the SIS dividend, the Company purchased, in aggregate, 3,379,327 ordinary shares in the market at a total cost of £2,514,495

·           Post the period end, SIS declared a dividend of £15.0 million in October 2017, £3.1 million received by CMG

 



 

 

Chairman's statement

 

I am pleased to present the results for Catalyst Media Group plc ("CMG" or the "Company") for the year ended 30 June 2017, which incorporates our share of profits for Sports Information Services (Holdings) Ltd (SIS) in which CMG has a 20.54% interest.

 

After taking account of CMG's share in the profits of SIS for its year ended 31 March 2017 of £3.5 million (2016: £3.4 million), CMG recorded a profit before taxation of £3.40 million, (2016: loss of £0.06 million). No impairment charge was made in respect of the 2017 accounts (2016: £3.0 million). Net Assets at the year end were £25.4 million (120.9p per share) (2016: £24.9 million (98.1p per share)).

 

The main asset of CMG continues to be the 20.54% shareholding in SIS. CMG equity accounts for its share in the profits of SIS. For the year ended 31 March 2017, SIS had revenues of £218.3 million (2016: £227.9 million) of which £202.5 million was derived from Betting Services (2016: £209.3 million) and £15.8 million from SIS LIVE Services (2016: £18.6 million). The total operating profit for SIS was £21.0 million (2016: £20.4 million). Profits after exceptional items and taxation were £17.0 million (2016: £16.6 million). The share attributable to CMG after tax was £3.5 million (2016: £3.4 million). SIS's Net Cash inflow for the period was £43.4 million (2016: £48.0 million) from operating activities. At its year end, SIS had increased its cash position to £74.3 million (2016: £62.2 million). SIS's operating profit margin(1) increased slightly to 9.3% compared to 8.9% for the previous year.

 

(1) SIS's operating profit margin is the ratio of SIS's operating profit (total operating profit before exceptional items and share of associate and joint venture) to revenues expressed as a percentage.

 

Review of CMG's investment in SIS

 

As reported in the Company's trading update announced on 21 July 2017, the profit after tax was at similar levels to prior years. This was despite a reducing Licensed Betting Office UK subscriber base during the year, the impact of which was partially offset by overseas expansion.

 

In light of this consistent performance, the strong cash position of SIS, the progress it has made in signing new media rights and the continued positive cash flow generation from its operations SIS approved a dividend of £15.0 million in October 2017. CMG received its share of £3.1 million on 23 October 2017 and as at 30 November 2017, CMG had a cash balance of £4.5 million.

 

SIS Betting - UK Retail

 

As previously reported various racing media rights acquired from Arena Racing and Northern Racing expire at the end of 2017.

 

However, SIS has secured a series of rights to ensure a full and complete service including the following:

Ø  5-year UK Horseracing rights from Racecourse Media Group ("RMG") (which includes Ascot, Aintree, York) - commencing April 2018

Ø  5-year Extension to existing Irish Horseracing rights from Horse Racing Ireland ("HRI")

Ø  Long-term agreement with Chelmsford City racecourse ("CCR")

Ø  Various long-term greyhound rights - direct with 8 UK tracks

Ø  Various overseas horseracing and greyhound rights

 

On the basis of the above rights and service SIS has already secured mid and long term agreements with around 95% of the UK and Irish retail market, including all the major UK bookmaking groups and a large number of the independent market to its service for independents for the next three years despite uncertainty caused by the DCMS Triennial Review. This review is now subject to a further 12 weeks of consultation which may result in legal restrictions on the side of individual bets on fixed odds betting terminals and the possible reduction in the number of retail betting shops. The new agreements are at lower margins overall and will impact results - with operating results expected to decline by approximately 50% as previously outlined from April 2018 with some additional impact on the current financial year. In respect of the current year, SIS is experiencing increased litigation costs and although legal advice continues to indicate a successful outcome is expected for SIS. This will have an impact on budgeted profits for the year ending 31 March 2018.

 

SIS Betting - International & Online

 

SIS is already supplying several International and online operators and has been progressing a strategy to increase its distribution in these markets using proprietary streaming and production technology as well as data pricing services.

 

SIS plans to use its expertise, developed in the UK retail market, delivering short form betting opportunities, with associated data and services, to maximise the value for betting operators in the International and digital arena. There has been significant progress achieved in this area and new product and services are due to go live from early 2018 which will further increase access to these markets securing both customers and distribution technology.

 

Whilst securing media rights for UK use SIS has also acquired rights for International and online use on all the deals signed this year including Horse Racing Ireland (HRI), Chelmsford City Racecourse (CCR) and greyhounds.

 

SIS has recently been shortlisted for two main industry awards, firstly for its streaming product SIS STREAM which facilitates IPTV into both online and retail at low latency enabling delivery of content anywhere in the world facilitating bespoke production services by SIS. The second nomination is for SIS Trading Services which offers operators outsourced pricing and derivative products for horse and greyhound racing.

 

SIS LIVE

 

SIS LIVE continues to offer specialised broadcast solutions including HD, UHD, satellite uplinks, streaming, satellite internet and teleport together with fibre services and transmits 250 hours of live broadcasting per day and covers over 6,000 sports events per annum. SIS LIVE has transitioned into a mixed satellite and fibre business and now has 125 fibre connections across the UK and Ireland and expects this to increase to 150 by mid-2018 together with two satellite uplink teleports.

 

SIS LIVE has signed agreements with SKY, Tata and other service providers for a number of sports including cricket, moto GP and rugby league and continues to expand its penetration into the key sports connectivity market.

 

The trend of news broadcasters to move away from Satellite News Gathering ("SNG") towards using IP technology and 4G mobile technology has continued and this has seen a decrease in demand from SIS LIVE customers for SNG trucks, with the fleet size of 34 expected to reduce over the coming years. Connected with this SIS LIVE have exited its Satellite Hardware division, which has historically provided the satellite technology for the SNG trucks, with a successful sale completed in January 2017.

 

Another trend being seen by SIS LIVE is the demand for additional services to pure fibre connectivity and the start of a move towards remote production which offers a significant opportunity for the business. SIS LIVE is well placed with its 125 fibred venues and its connections to broadcasters to facilitate this market change and it is expected to be an area of growth in the future.

 

SIS's management continue to see a prosperous future for SIS LIVE within the SIS Group, though also recognise there may be a strategic benefit for SIS LIVE in alternative ownership and they continue to keep this under review.

 



 

SIS Results

31 March 2017

31 March 2016

£'000

£'000





218,337

227,930



(197,345)

(207,534)



20,291

20,396

701

-

 

20,992

 

-

 

20,396

 

(36)

20,992

 

923

-

25

20,360

 

(490)

642

317

534

458



22,474

21,287



(5,440)

(4,686)



17,034

16,601

Share of net assets and liabilities of associate



161,735

159,128

(71,449)

(63,858)

90,286

95,270

+ Profit/(Loss) on the managed wind down of business relates to the closure of SIS's Outside Broadcast Division in 2014.

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. Further detail is provided in note 2 of the financial statements.

 

Outlook and distribution policy

 

SIS have considerable cash reserves and have indicated that further distributions are likely to be made to shareholders. Although CMG has recently received a dividend payment of approximately £3.1 million from SIS, the Board has resolved to defer a decision on the timing of distributions to its shareholders pending clarification of the timing and quantum of any such further distribution. As soon as we are advised of the timing, shareholders of CMG will be informed and a decision will be made on the form of distribution.

 

As already reported SIS's generation of cash in the future will be at a significantly lower level than in the past few years, reflecting the lower profits that are predicted following the changes in media rights ownership and contractual arrangements, resulting in an expected 50% reduction in SIS's underlying operating results.

 

 

The next Annual General Meeting of the Company will be held on 12 January 2018 at 10.00 a.m. Formal Notice of the meeting is set out at the end of the report and accounts together with the form of proxy.

 

Michael Rosenberg OBE

Chairman

 

11 December 2017

 



 

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income for the year ended 30 June 2017

 



Year ended

Year ended



 30 June

30 June



2017

2016

 




£

£

 






 






 


Revenue


25,000

25,000

 






 


Cost of sales


-

-

 






 


Gross profit


25,000

25,000

 






 


Administrative expenses


(128,916)

(112,036)

 

 

 





 





 

 

 

Operating loss


(103,916)

(87,036)

 





 

Financial income


3,056

7

 

Financial costs


(106)

(186)

 


Net financial income


2,950

(179)

 






 


Share of profit of equity-accounted associate, net of tax


3,498,784

3,409,845

 


Impairment of equity-accounted associate


-

(3,014,622)

 


Transitional adjustment relating to equity-accounted associate


-

(368,521)

 






 


Profit / (loss) before taxation


3,397,818

(60,513)

 






 


Taxation


16,783

16,543

 






 


Profit / (loss) for the year


3,414,601

(43,970)

 






 


Share of other comprehensive loss of associate


(414,292)

(26,702)

 






 


Total comprehensive profit / (loss)


3,000,309

(70,672)

 






 


Attributable to equity holders of the Company


3,000,309

(70,672)

 






 


Earnings / (loss) per share:




 






 


Basic


15.43p

(0.18p)

 






 


Diluted


15.43p

(0.18p)

 






 


Before impairment


15.43p

12.17p

 



 

Consolidated statement of financial position as at 30 June 2017

 



30 June

2017

£

30 June

2016

£







Investment in associate


23,976,958

25,000,000







23,976,958

25,000,000








Trade and other receivables


15,080

34,173

Cash and cash equivalents


1,463,462

633






1,478,542

34,806





25,455,500

25,034,806













Share capital


2,103,202

2,541,136

Capital redemption reserve


711,117

273,183

Merger reserve


2,402,674

2,402,674

Retained profits


20,203,836

19,718,022






25,420,829

24,935,015





Current liabilities




Trade and other payables


31,134

96,423

Corporation tax payable


3,537

3,368



34,671

99,791





Total equity and liabilities


25,455,500

25,034,806













 

The financial statements were approved by the Board of Directors and authorised for issue on 11 December 2017.

 

 

 

 

Michael Rosenberg OBE

Director

 

Company registration number: 03955206

 



 

Consolidated statement of cash flows for the year ended 30 June 2017





 

 


Year ended

30 June

2017

£

Year ended

30 June

2016

£












Profit / (loss) before taxation


3,397,818

(60,513)

Adjustments for:




Share of profit from associate


(3,498,784)

(3,409,845)

Impairment of associate


-

3,014,622

Transitional adjustment


-

368,521

Finance income


(3,056)

(7)

Finance expense


106

186

Corporation taxes recovered


16,952

18,449





(86,964)

(68,587)

Decrease / (increase) in trade and other receivables


19,093

(3,513)

Increase / (decrease) in trade and other payables


(65,289)

55,943






(133,160)

(16,157)







Dividend received


4,107,534

-

Interest received


3,056

7






4,110,590

7








Shares purchased into Treasury


(2,514,495)

-

Interest paid


(106)

(186)





(2,514,601)

(186)




    


1,462,829

(16,336)

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year


633

16,969





1,463,462

633




 



 

Notes

 

1.       Basis of preparation

 

These consolidated financial statements of Catalyst Media Group plc have been prepared in accordance with accepted International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs), International Accounting Standards (IAS) and International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee (IFRIC) interpretations (collectively "IFRSs") as adopted for use in the European Union and as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board and with those parts of the Companies Act 2006 applicable to companies reporting under IFRS.

 

Catalyst Media Group plc is a publicly limited company registered in England and Wales where it is domiciled for tax purposes.

 

The financial statements are prepared under the historical cost convention.

 

These results are audited, however the financial information set out in this announcement does not constitute the Group's statutory accounts for the year ended 30 June 2017, but is derived from the 2017 Report and financial statements. The auditors have issued an unqualified audit report in respect to these financial statements.

 

2.       Investment in associate

 

Year Ended 30 June 2017









Group





£

Cost





At 1 July 2016




25,000,000

Share of profit - 2017




3,498,784

Share of other comprehensive loss - 2017




(414,292)

Dividend received - 2017




(4,107,534)

Impairment - 2017




-

At 30 June 2017 - CMG share of SIS net assets




23,976,958






Year Ended 30 June 2016









Group





£

Cost





At 1 July 2015 - Restated




25,000,000

Transitional adjustment




(368,521)

Share of profit - 2016




3,409,845

Share of other comprehensive loss - 2016




(26,702)

Dividend received - 2016




-

Impairment - 2016




(3,014,622)

At 30 June 2016 - CMG share of SIS net assets




25,000,000






 

The Group's interest in the associate, SIS, a company incorporated in England and Wales, is held by Alternateport Limited. Alternateport Limited 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 Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Catalyst Media Holdings Limited a wholly owned subsidiary of Catalyst Media Group plc.

 

A copy of the strategic forecast prepared by SIS was made available to the Directors of CMG showing management forecasts through to 2022/2023 of the income statement, statement of financial position and statements of cash flow. The assumptions made by management were also provided.

 

It is expected that the net operating profits of SIS would significantly fall to a much lower level due to the change in margins arising from media rights ownership.

 

After reviewing the forecasts and other factors, the Directors concluded that the carrying value of the investment should continue at £24 million.

Share of profit of associate

 

2017

SIS Total

£'000

2017

CMG share

£'000

2016

CMG share

£'000

Revenue:




SIS Betting Services

202,524

41,598

42,987

SIS LIVE Services

15,813

3,248

3,830

Total revenue

218,337

44,846

46,817





Operating profit

20,992

4,312

4,182









Net interest receivable / (payable)

534

110

94

Profits / (losses) on business wind down

923

189

(101)

Profit on disposal of joint venture

-

-

132

Profit on disposal of fixed asset

25

5

65

Profit before tax

22,474

4,616

4,372

Taxation

(5,440)

(1,117)

(962)

Share of profit after taxation

17,034

3,499

3,410

Net income from associate

17,034

3,499

3,410





Other comprehensive income:




Actuarial loss

(1,500)

(308)

(308)

Deferred tax

500

103

7

Change in value of hedging instrument

(1,017)

(209)

274


(2,017)

(414)

(27)

 

Share of net assets and liabilities of associate




Net assets

161,735

33,221

32,685

Net liabilities

(71,449)

(14,676)

(13,117)

Net equity

90,286

18,545

19,568

 

As at 30 June 2017, SIS was continuing to deal with tax and legal issues that arose from the 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Delhi, India. SIS, via a partnership of the name of SIS Live, delivered the host broadcast production and facilities contract for the 2010 CWG. Given continuing scrutiny of the entire CWG project immediately after the closure of the Games, approximately 40% of the contact has still not been paid. A provision of £5.9 million was made in respect of this non-payment. 

 

SIS Live received a draft assessment in March 2014 from Indian tax authorities in relation to the year ended March 2011. SIS has strongly rejected the draft assessment, and continues to appeal it through the Indian judiciary system. As appeal proceedings continue it is not possible to quantify the potential tax liability that may arise of the subsequent recoverability of that amount through the courts and therefore no further provision has been made in the accounts of SIS.

 

3.       Annual Report

 

The Annual Report for the year ended 30 June 2017 will be available today from the Company's website www.cmg-plc.com.

 

The Annual General Meeting will be held at 6 Stratton Street, London W1J 8LD, at 10.00 a.m. on 12 January 2018.

 


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