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Results for the year ended 31 December 2021 and Notice of AGM

 

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LBG Media, the UK-based multi-brand, multi-channel digital youth publisher, is pleased to report its results for the full year ended 31 December 2021. During the year, the Group delivered an outstanding performance with significant growth in revenue and adjusted EBITDA1, along with further growth in global audience and content views.

 

Financial Highlights

Business performance measures2021 (£m)2020 (£m)Change
Revenue
-        Direct
-        Indirect
-        Other
Total Group Revenue
 
22.4
29.7
2.4
54.5
 
14.2
14.7
1.3
30.2
 
58%
103%
79%
81%
Adjusted EBITDA1
      -  Adjusted EBITDA margin1
16.8
31%
5.5
18%
206%
13pp
Profit before tax 8.1 4.1 98%
Cash and cash equivalents 34.3 6.9 395%


  • Revenue of £54.5 million (2020: £30.2 million), up 81% YoY, with strong performance driven by increases in both Direct and Indirect income streams
  • Direct revenue grew by 58% to £22.4 million (2020: £14.2 million) due to significant increases in content marketing and direct display sales in the UK, Australia and Ireland
  • Indirect revenue grew by 103% to £29.7 million (2020: £14.7 million), primarily due to a 97% increase in views of Group-generated content to 63 billion (2020: 32 billion), and increased monetisation across the social media platforms during 2021
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 of £16.8 million (2020: £5.5 million), up 206% YoY, at a margin of 31% (2020: 18%)
  • Cash and cash equivalents of £34.3 million (2020: £6.9 million), with cash conversion of 122%, reflecting strong cash generation in the year and the gross proceeds of £30 million of growth capital raised on IPO.

 

Operational Highlights

  • The Group’s global audience grew by 31 million people to over 264 million (2020: 233 million), with 63 billion content views per annum, up 97% on the prior year, following investment in people to increase volumes and drive more engaging content across various platforms
  • The Group continued to expand its remits with existing customers and won new customers across a diverse range of sectors.

 

Outlook

In 2021 digital advertising spend was £336 billion2 and with continued acceleration in digital transformation and growing e-commerce activity anticipated, it is forecast that will grow at 12% CAGR until 20242. Operating within some of the fastest growing segments of this market, LBG Media continues to see significant growth opportunities in three main areas;

  • Geographically, through expansion organically into new geographies,
  • M&A, with a focus on geographic and demographic diversification,
  • Continued development of capabilities to produce innovative content and drive engagement.

At this early stage of 2022, year to date performance is in line with market expectations and the Group remains on track to deliver against revenue growth expectations for the full year. As with prior years, revenue and EBITDA are affected by seasonality in advertising spend. Margins are therefore weighted to H2 given that costs are relatively flat throughout the year.

 

CEO, Solly Solomou commented:

“I am delighted with the outstanding performance and significant growth that LBG Media has delivered during 2021, alongside our successful listing on the London Stock Exchange. The business has achieved a great deal and I want to thank each and every one of the team for their valuable contribution to its continuing success.

Through ongoing investment in our teams, combined with our focused and relevant content, we have continued to see growth in our global audience and followers. Providing unmatched access to an audience that brands and organisations typically find hardest to reach makes us a particularly attractive partner to an ever increasing number of global businesses, government organisations and other entities. These factors position us well for the future and I am incredibly excited by the opportunities that lie ahead.”

 

Notes:
1 Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation adjusted for loss on disposal of intangible assets, share based payments and exceptional items
2 Data source: Emarketer. GBP:USD fx rate of 1.353372 as at 31/12/2021

Chairman’s statement

Exciting times ahead

I am delighted to present the Group’s first Annual Report and Accounts as a public company, following its successful admission to the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market in December 2021.

The Initial Public Offering ‘IPO’ was a major milestone for LBG Media plc and the extremely positive support from new investors is a great testament to the Group’s ability to consistently produce relevant content across a diversified brand portfolio, as well as to its attractive and highly relevant business model and the exciting growth opportunities that lie ahead. Our purpose is to give the youth generation a voice by building communities that laugh, think and act. Engaging effectively with our youth audience is at the heart of everything we do and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for their continued support.

I am extremely proud to chair and to be part of LBG Media. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank the whole team for their contribution to the Group’s outstanding performance this year.

Performance overview

The Group delivered an outstanding performance in 2021, both financially and operationally. Group revenue was £54.5m, an increase of 81% compared to the prior year (2020: £30.2m). Our impressive revenue performance was driven by both Direct and Indirect revenue streams.  Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure used by the Board to provide meaningful analysis of trading results, increased to £16.8m, up 206% compared to the prior year (2020: £5.5m). Through leveraging our cost base, Adjusted EBITDA margin increased to 31% compared to 18% in the prior year. A more detailed analysis of our financial results can be found in the CFO review.

Corporate governance

The Directors support a high standard of corporate governance and have complied with the QCA Code from Admission. The Directors believe that the QCA Code provides the Group with a framework to help ensure that the right standards of governance are established, enabling a strong governance culture to be embedded as part of building a successful and sustainable business for all of the Group’s stakeholders.

Board

At IPO, the Board of Directors was strengthened with the appointments of three high-calibre and highly experienced Non-Executive Directors. We have a balanced, diversified and experienced Board to lead the Group through the next stage of its development.

I would like to welcome Carol Kane, Alex Jarvis and Richard Flint to the Board, and look forward to working closely with them as we provide collective oversight and support to our Executive Directors and Group strategy.

Dividend

The Directors intend to reinvest a significant portion of the Group’s earnings to facilitate plans for further growth. Accordingly, the Board has decided not to pay a dividend from 2021 retained earnings.

Outlook

The £30 million of new capital raised (before expenses) in December 2021 will support the Group’s growth strategy, which includes both an organic element – whereby the Group is focused on expanding capabilities and growing within existing geographies – supplemented by future Merger and Acquisitions ‘M&A’ opportunities.

We have set ourselves ambitious goals for 2022 and beyond. Our highly experienced management team, differentiated proposition and ongoing engagement with hundreds of millions of social media followers worldwide places us in a strong position to meet these goals and objectives. I am confident that, with our dedication and effort, we will achieve them and more.

Dave Wilson

Chairman

Chief Executive’s Review

Introduction

I am delighted to announce our first set of results as a quoted company following our admission to trading on the Alternative Investment Market ('AIM') of the London Stock Exchange on 15 December 2021. The reception we received from investors was very positive and the listing on AIM provides us with the platform to continue to grow well into the future.

In the year ended 31 December 2021, LBG Media delivered an outstanding performance with significant levels of organic growth. 2021 revenue increased to £54.5m (2020: £30.2m), representing annual growth of 81%, and 2021 Adjusted EBITDA rose by 206% to £16.8m (2020:  £5.5m). With strong cash generation in the year and the £30m of capital raised at the IPO, net cash at the year-end stood at £30.6m (2020: net debt £11.0m).

We are absolutely focused on delivering relevant content to our coveted, hard-to-reach youth audience across our broad portfolio of distinct brands and we have continued to create exciting, engaging and socially responsible content that gives the youth generation a voice and appropriately represents their interests.

We have continued to increase engagement with our global audience, which grew to over 264m as at 31 December 2021, up from 233m in 2020.  Our proven model of investing in our teams to produce engaging content for the various platforms grew our base of followers and subsequent monetisation opportunities.  We continue to engage our audience with over 63bn content views in 2021, up 97% YoY and our audience watched 53bn minutes of content, up over 140% YoY, and this was well diversified across our brand portfolio.

Own brand portfolio with a highly diverse audience

LBG Media’s 9 core brands, each based around specific interest points such as sports, gaming, music, technology, and travel, provide our audiences with relevant, entertaining, and engaging content. By providing different show formats within each of our brands, we are able to engage effectively with our audience across all of the major social media platforms. SPORTbible, for example, has a format called ‘Rate my Skills’ which is a show that sits on our Snapchat channels. Our diversified brand portfolio also enables us to provide clients – such as brand owners including sports clothing businesses or gaming companies –  with specific channels from which to most effectively advertise to their target audience (e.g. through SPORTbible and UNILAD).

LBG Media is structured and designed to deliver fast and relevant video and editorial content, predominantly through social media platforms, to engage with its hard-to-reach younger audience. In the UK alone, the Group reaches almost two thirds of 18 to 34 year-olds. Our audience is split between both female (41%) and male (59%). This demographic has proven to be more receptive to online advertising and LBG Media provides clients the opportunity to connect with younger generations and enable them to build long-term valuable relationships to deliver repeat or recurring revenues, or other goals such as improved awareness. In terms of monetisation, Facebook is an already monetised platform, Snapchat is advancing its monetisation progress, while TikTok and Instagram are at earlier stages of monetisation. For example, we are currently engaged with Instagram and undergoing alpha testing for future monetisation opportunities.  

In 2021, the engagement rate on platforms including Facebook, TikTok, Instagram and Snapchat continued to increase as we focused on providing deeper content within our brands. LADbible, GAMINGbible, UNILADtech and SPORTbible achieved significant growth on TikTok and Instagram. Similarly, we have deepened our engagement on Snapchat where we have increased our number of shows. The success of our focus on Snapchat is demonstrated by the significant increase in the number of views of our shows on the Snapchat platform, which rose from 351m in 2020 to 4.3bn 2021.   

Our traction in Australia was significant, increasing from 3.9m followers in 2020 to 8.6m in 2021. 

The digital media market

The Group operates within the wider global advertising market, which includes traditional print advertising (magazines, billboards etc.), and was valued at c.$578bn in 2020. Within the wider advertising market, the digital media market was valued at $346bn in 2020 and has grown at a CAGR of 20.1% from 2012-2020. Accelerated digital transformation during the pandemic and growing e-commerce activity all contribute towards the trend of increased marketing spend being directed to digital channels.

The global digital media market is forecast to grow at 12 per cent. CAGR to 2024. However, within this market LBG Media operates within some of the fastest growing segments, which include social video (20% CAGR, 2020-2023), web programmatic (11% CAGR, 2020-2023) and content marketing (15% CAGR, 2020-2024).

We have identified four core geographies of focus, being the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland and the United States, albeit no presence or cost has been committed to forming operations in the United States. Despite this, the United States already makes up a significant amount of our Facebook views showing the considerable monetisation opportunity in this market.

Our addressable market within these geographies was estimated at c.$20.5bn in 2019, with a further $21.9bn available in countries outside the core geographies, but available through our multi-channel global distribution.

As an agile digital media company, we benefit from various favourable industry dynamics including the growth of mobile display, video and native advertising, as well as the roll out of 5G connectivity. 

Multi-channel monetisation

We have built an effective model to monetise the relationship we have with our audience and our two core revenue channels, Direct and Indirect, provide several means to access it.  Many of our capabilities we have can be used across both sales channels and we have continued to innovate and add new services for the benefit of our audience and our clients. In 2021, we launched LADstudios, our new content studio, which can create 360 degree original digital content, tailor-made for each platform experience. LADstudios will also work alongside our in house content marketing agency, Joyride, to create a slate of social-first branded entertainment opportunities to clients and their agencies, as well as sponsored formats to rival traditional television offerings, for use right across our social channels and beyond.  

Direct

Direct revenue is generated from the provision of content marketing services to corporates, brand owners, marketing agencies and other entities such as government bodies. Joyride, our in-house 40+ strong creative team, designs and produces bespoke branded content and commercial marketing solutions, with the resulting marketing campaigns then distributed across our social media and website platforms. Direct revenue also includes some revenue from direct display advertising, where brand owners’ pre-existing content (not created by LBG Media) can be displayed across our websites for an agreed fee.

Although LBG Media is sector agnostic, we have identified ten key verticals (the “LAD10”) to target, enabling us to gather key insights and data to share with future partners. Revenue generated from the LAD10 rose by over £8m YoY, driven by a particularly strong performance in CPG, Auto & Mobility, Entertainment, Food & Drink and Health, Public Services & Government.

The growth in direct revenue was driven by increased engagements with both new and existing clients.  An example of direct revenue is our work to run Amazon Prime’s social channels in Australia, including managing its TikTok channel.  

Indirect:

Indirect revenue is generated via a third party, such as a social media platform (e.g. Facebook, Snapchat, YouTube) through social videos or via a programmatic advertising exchange / online marketplace, which holds the relationship with the brand owner or agency. We have already monetised Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and YouTube. Our particular focus in 2021 on Facebook, Snapchat and YouTube enabled us to more than double revenue on each of these platforms over the course of the year. 

Giving the youth generation a voice by building communities that laugh, think and act

As a leading social youth publisher, LBG Media has a powerful global platform to push socially responsible agendas, represent its audience, and enable those that do not have equal opportunities to have their voices heard.  Leveraging our global reach, we have run several social awareness campaigns to address key social issues, raise awareness within communities and governments, and educate our audience.

LBG Media partnered with The NHS to create a campaign to encourage more young people to apply for roles in nursing, allied health professionals and health care support workers. The campaign aimed to show our audience that a career in the NHS is a place where you can grow diverse skill sets and also remind young people of the rewarding and supportive culture it offers. Our insight showed that our audience love to know their personality types and engage with interactive content that offers a sense of self-discovery, so we created The NHS Personality Test: the ultimate skill assessment with a LADbible spin to feel relatable and native to social. Alongside the NHS Personality Test we worked with real NHS staff to create ‘day in the life’ content based on the personality types so that our audience could discover roles that suited them first hand. To generate maximum awareness we included LADx across LADbible websites to target students and job searchers.   

In 2021, with Amazon Prime Video, we launched a six-part investigative documentary series from LADbible Australia uncovering racial injustice as told by those who have experienced systemic racism first-hand. Shining a light on pleas for equality, each episode offered the audience personal and expert insight into the race-fuelled atrocities that happen in Australia every day.

In February 2022, we premiered a campaign on Europe’s largest digital billboard in Manchester, to coincide with Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week. Conceived and executed by LBG Media’s in-house design team, the ‘She is Someone', is accompanied by the wider tagline ‘Daughter, Sister, Mother, Wife, Girlfriend, Friend’ which has been crossed out. The activation amplified our previous social posts and supports efforts to raise awareness of sexual violence towards women.  

Another example is GAMINGbible, which partnered with Mind to host a series of live streams on Facebook to its audience and raise funds for the mental health charity. A study by MIND showed that one in three young people use gaming to offset mental health pressures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We used our significant reach to raise awareness of mental health and find new ways such as this to support the gaming community via entertainment, to help make a difference.    

Growth strategy

LBG Media has a proven track record of delivering strong organic growth, as well as via acquisition. Our strategy for growth can be summarised into the below three core pillars.

  1. Geographies: We currently have a physical presence across four territories – the UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. Entry to these territories was underpinned by audiences and engagement with them. By continuing to create and publish relevant digital content, we expect to further grow these communities and build brand awareness levels within them. The majority of LBG Media’s Direct revenue is generated in the UK. Operating in the digital media space, international audiences are readily accessible. We have identified the United States, one of the largest digitally social markets in the world, as a key growth market. LBG Media has already built a substantial global community of social media followers in the United States, despite being strategically focused on the UK market thus far. We believe that active audiences in new geographies provide a foundation for future growth across both the Indirect and Direct revenue streams and help to de-risk geographic expansion.

     

  2. Mergers & Acquisitions (“M&A”): We have proven, through our successful acquisition and integration of UNILAD, that M&A is a viable proposition to enhance future growth. The acquisition strategy will be centred on bolstering LBG Media’s existing global footprint.

    We believe that certain markets may be better accessed through selective acquisitions, rather than organic expansion, particularly where an established digital media brand with a physical presence and understanding of the local market already exists. In these circumstances, M&A could help us to scale our reach and build our Direct revenue arm significantly faster than a time-intensive organic approach. M&A could also prove to be more efficient in acquiring new, supplementary brands when compared to building a new brand with its own distinct popular interest point from a standing start. We believe M&A, in these circumstances, could provide an opportunity for LBG Media to deliver significant incremental growth in the brand’s reach, by promoting it via our existing global brands and communities.

  3. Capabilities: LBG Media has been at the forefront of social media, being one of the first digital content creators to publish content on Facebook. This agile model allows us to actively replicate content across newly emerging social platforms, ensuring content reaches the widest possible audience. We intend to continue to expand our capabilities to produce innovative content and drive engagement. Examples of innovations to date include virtual reality, augmented reality and LADX. Increasing audience monetisation is key to driving future growth. Facebook, Snapchat and YouTube are currently the only social media platforms which facilitate the monetisation of our users through adverts. Facebook introduced this functionality in 2018 and, as a result, we saw an increase in social video revenue from £0.9m in 2018, to £4.2m in 2019 (366% YoY growth), owing in part to the acquisition of UNILAD. During 2021, we were invited by Instagram as one of a select few digital content producers across the globe to partake in alpha testing for the monetisation of Instagram’s users through in-video adverts. We believe these capabilities will be introduced across all social media platforms as the platforms mature, providing significant upside opportunities. We have primarily focused on the LADbible brand, with the volume of new content added to our other portfolio brands, such as FOODbible, materially lower. We believe that increasing focus on other brands, provides the ability to grow audiences and increase associated revenue. Recent, targeted investment into FOODbible, for example, including having its own designated content team, has led to significant growth in views on this brand. 

Awards

LBG Media produces innovative and positive content, tackling important social topics.  We are pleased to have been nominated for, and subsequently won, several awards that recognise our positive impact in this regard.  

2021 was our most successful year of awards with over 30 nominations and wins including three Cannes Lions, our first nominations for LADbible Ireland, winning Web Channel of the Year for LADbible TV, Commercial Campaign of the Year for PlayStation and we were also crowned Publisher of the Year at Drum Media Awards.  Additionally, in October 2021, the Group won ‘Media Brand of the Year’ at the Media Week Awards 2021.  More recently, our work was recognised by winning four awards at the 2021 Digiday Marketing and Advertising Awards Europe, including Best Use of Social for Tampax ‘Think Outside the Box’. Best Use of Native Advertising/Sponsored Content for PlayStation ‘PlayDay’, Best Branded Content Series for Brew City ‘The Social’, and Most Innovative Use of Content for The British Army ‘A Soldier is a Soldier’.

War in Ukraine

The appalling and concerning events in Ukraine have affected us all on a personal basis. As a Group we have no significant revenue or costs associated with Russia or Ukraine. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and its impact on the Group.

Solly Solomou

Chief Executive Officer

CFO’s review

 2021
£m
2020
£m
2021 v 2020
%
Revenue 54.5 30.2 81%
Net operating expenses (46.3) (25.8) 79%
Operating profit 8.2 4.4 88%
    
Adjusted EBITDA1 16.8 5.5 206%
Adjusted EBITDA1 % 31% 18% 13ppts
Share based payments (1.5) (0.1) 1002%
Depreciation (1.4) (1.2) 11%
Amortisation (0.8) (0.9) (12%)
Loss on disposal of assets (0.5) (100%)
Exceptional (costs) / income (4.9) 1.6 (396%)
Operating profit 8.2 4.4 88%
    
Net finance costs (0.2) (0.3) (26%)
    
Share of joint ventures 0.1 156%
    
Profit before taxation 8.1 4.1 98%
Income tax expense (2.9) (1.1) 154%
Profit for the year 5.2 3.0 76%
    
Cash and cash equivalents 34.3 6.9 395%

Notes:

1 Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation adjusted for loss on disposal of intangible assets, share based payments and exceptional items

Highlights

  • Significant revenue growth of 81% year on year to £54.5m (2020: £30.2m).
  • Growth in Adjusted EBITDA margin to 31% (2020: 18%) through growth in high margin revenue streams and leveraging our cost base.
  • Strong cash conversion in addition to IPO proceeds of £30m resulting in year-end cash position of £34.3m (2020: £6.9m).
  • Post the IPO Primary raise, the HSBC bank loan amounting to £10.3m was settled in full prior to the year end. The Group is now debt free aside from IFRS16 lease liabilities.

Key performance indicators (“KPIs”)

The board monitors progress of the Group by reference to the following KPIs:

 2021
£m
2020
£m
2021 v 2020
£m %
Financial     
Revenue 54.5 30.2 24.3 81%
Adjusted EBITDA 16.8 5.5 11.3 206%
Adjusted EBITDA as a % of revenue 31% 18% 13ppts
Profit Before Tax 8.1 4.1 4.0 98%
     
Non-Financial     
Global audience (m)* 264 233 31 13%
Content views (bn)** 62.9 31.9 31 97%
Average number of employees (no.) 388 280 108 39%

* Global audience includes social followers and unique website users in December.

** Content views is annual views of content across all social platforms and websites.
The definition of what constitutes a view can vary across the social platforms.

Revenue

 2021
£m
2020
£m
2021 v 2020
%
Direct 22.4 14.2 58%
Indirect 29.7 14.7 103%
Other 2.4 1.3 79%
Revenue 54.5 30.2 81%

Group revenue increased significantly to £54.5m (2020: £30.2m), an 81% increase in comparison to the prior year. The growth was driven by both routes to market.

Direct revenue grew by 58% to £22.4m (2020: £14.2m) as a result of increased activity with new and existing clients in the UK, Australia and Ireland.

Indirect revenue increased by 103% to £29.7m (2020: £14.7m) primarily driven by a 97% increase in number of views totalling 62.9bn (2020: 31.9bn). The increase in views was as a result of investment in people in order to create more content for distribution across our platforms and publications.

Net operating expenses

The significant (non-exceptional) operating expenses during the year were:

  • Payroll costs of £23.0m (2020: £14.9m), up 54% due to our continued investment in our team to support the growth of the business.
  • Media costs of £4.4m (2020: £1.9m), up 135% supporting the growth of our Direct and Indirect revenue.
  • Establishment costs (inc Technology costs) of £4.2m (2020: £3.1m), up 35% being investment in our technology infrastructure.
  • Production costs of £3.7m (2020: £3.1m), up 20% supporting the growth of our Direct revenue.
  • Travel and expenses of £1.3m (2020: £0.4m), up 251% as a result of the prior year being suppressed due to Covid restrictions.
  •  

    Depreciation

    Depreciation of £1.4m was up 11%, mainly driven by new IFRS16 leases in international territories.

    Amortisation

    Amortisation of £0.8m, down 12%, the reduction being down to certain software costs being fully amortised in the prior year. 

    Loss on disposal of assets

    The loss on disposal of assets of £0.5m in 2020 was the result of an impairment write down of ceasing to use certain capitalised intangible assets in relation to Software and Licences.

    Share based payments

    Share based payment costs were £1.5m (2020: £0.1m), the increase is mainly driven by a share option granted to a senior manager on IPO where the Board waived performance conditions.

    Exceptional costs/income

    Total adviser fees and costs associated with the IPO amounted to £4.9m. This excludes those costs in relation to the issue of shares amounting to £1.0m which have been charged to Share Premium.

    Exceptional income in the prior year was £1.7m relating to the final creditor distribution from the Administrators of Bentley Harrington t/a UNILAD in relation to the purchase of a £5.0m debt from one of the founders of that business prior to the acquisition of the trade and assets.

    Adjusted EBITDA

    Adjusted EBITDA was £16.8m (2020: £5.5m).

    Adjusted EBITDA margin increased to 31% (2020: 18%) as a result of our increase in revenue and leveraging our net operating expenses.

    Adjusted EBITDA is used for internal performance analysis to assess the execution of our strategies. Management believe that this adjusted measure is an appropriate metric to understand the underlying performance of the Group.

    Net finance costs

    Net finance costs of £0.2m (2020: £0.3m) were incurred during the year. The charge predominately relates to interest on our HSBC borrowing facility which was repaid before the year end out of the IPO proceeds.

    Share of JV

    Share in joint ventures was £0.1m (2020: £0.05m) representing our share in the results of Pubity Group Ltd.

    Profit before tax

    Profit before tax increased to £8.1m (2020: £4.1m) representing a 98% increase in comparison to the prior year.

    Taxation

    The tax charge for the year was £2.9m (2020: £1.1m). This included a current tax charge of £2.9m (2020: £1.2m) and a deferred tax charge of £nil (2020: £0.1m credit). There was a £2.3m (2020: £nil) tax credit to equity in relation to share options exercised prior to the IPO.

    Balance sheet

    Net assets grew to £52.3m (2020: £14.2m) as a result of Company trading performance and IPO proceeds.

    Current trade and other receivables amounted to £15.2m (2020: £13.7m). We tightened our collections process with media agencies in 2021 which results in a less than commensurate movement.

    Trade and other payables increased £3.8m against the prior year as a result of increased activity levels.

    Included in non-current assets is Intangible assets of £14.6m (2020: £15.1m), the majority of which relates to acquired goodwill and other separately identifiable assets from our acquisition of the UNILAD business in October 2018. The acquisition and integration was successful which is reflected in our annual impairment review which shows significant headroom of £158m.

    Cashflow and cash position

    Net cash at the year-end amounted to £30.6m (2020: £11.0m net debt). The largest inflow of cash in the year related to the Company’s IPO, which raised gross proceeds of £30m of growth capital for the business. Prior to the year-end our outstanding HSBC borrowing facility was paid in full amounting to £10.3m. Bank loan repayments amounting to £2.9m were made during the year. The Group is now debt free aside from IFRS 16 lease liabilities.

    The Group received a £1.2m loan repayment in the year from Bentley Harrington Ltd. More details can be found in Note 5 to the financial statements.

    During the year the Group made Directors loans amounting to £2.7m which were repaid upon IPO.

    Outlook

    At this early stage of 2022, year to date performance is in line with the market expectations and the Group remains on track to deliver against the full year consensus. 

    Tim Croston

    Chief Financial Officer

    Consolidated statement of comprehensive income

     Year ended
    31 December
    2021
    £’000
    Year ended
    31 December
    2020
    £’000
    Revenue 54,502 30,170
    Net operating expenses (46,255) (25,784)
    Operating profit 8,247 4,386
    Analysed as:   
    Adjusted EBITDA1 16,757 5,472
    Depreciation (1,332) (1,205)
    Amortisation (793) (901)
    Loss on disposal of assets  – (481)
    Share based payment charge (1,527) (139)
    Exceptional (costs)/income (4,858) 1,640
    Group operating profit 8,247 4,386
    Finance income 26 29
    Finance costs (258) (347)
    Net finance costs (232) (318)
    Share of post-tax profits of equity accounted joint venture 115 45
    Profit before taxation 8,130 4,113
    Income tax expense (2,899) (1,143)
    Profit and total comprehensive income for the financial year 5,231 2,970
       
    Basic earnings per share (pence) 3.0 1.7
    Diluted earnings per share pence) 3.0 1.7

     1. Adjusted EBITDA, which is defined as profit before net finance costs, tax, depreciation, amortisation, loss on disposal of intangible assets, share based payment charge and exceptional (costs) / income is a non-GAAP metric used by management and is not an IFRS disclosure.

    Consolidated statement of financial position

     As at
    31 December
    2021
    £’000
    As at
     31 December
    2020
    £’000
    Assets   
    Non-current assets   
    Goodwill and other intangible assets 14,558 15,055
    Property, plant and equipment 3,705 4,598
    Investments in equity-accounted joint ventures 359 244
    Other receivables 469 436
    Total non-current assets 19,091 20,333
    Current assets   
    Trade and other receivables 15,153 13,680
    Cash and cash equivalents 34,338 6,937
    Total current assets 49,491 20,617
    Total assets 68,582 40,950
    Equity   
    Called up share capital 206
    Share premium reserve 28,993 63
    Retained earnings 23,082 14,154
    Total equity 52,281 14,217
    Liabilities   
    Non-current liabilities   
    Non-current lease liability 2,648 3,689
    Other interest-bearing loans and borrowings 10,248
    Provisions 209 206
    Deferred tax liability 920 594
    Total non-current liabilities 3,777 14,737
    Current liabilities   
    Current lease liability 1,111 1,039
    Other interest-bearing loans and borrowings 2,952
    Trade and other payables 11,209 7,415
    Current tax liabilities 204 590
    Total current liabilities 12,524 11,996
    Total liabilities 16,301 26,733
    Total equity and liabilities 68,582 40,950

    Consolidated statement of cash flows

     Year ended
    31 December
    2021
    £’000
    Year ended
    31 December
    2020
    £’000
    Net cash flow from operating activities   
    Profit for the financial year 5,231 2,970
    Income tax 2,899 1,143
    Net interest expense 232 318
    Share of post-tax profits of equity accounted joint venture (115) (45)
    Operating profit 8,247 4,386
    Depreciation charge 1,332 1,205
    Amortisation of intangible assets 793 901
    Loss of disposal of non-current assets 481
    Share based payments 1,527 138
    Decrease/(increase) in Directors’ loan account 53 (3)
    Provisions 3
    Increase in trade and other receivables (2,730) (7,581)
    Increase in trade and other payables 3,779 2,423
    Cash generated from operations 13,004 1,950
       
    Cash generated from operations 13,004 1,950
    Tax paid (678) (1,088)
    Net cash generated from operating activities 12,326 862
    Cash flows from investing activities   
    Purchase of intangible assets (295) (127)
    Purchase of property, plant and equipment (353) (254)
    Repayment of loan 1,204 4,000
    Loans to Directors (2,700)
    Repayment of loan by Directors 2,700
    Interest received  – 1
    Net cash used in investing activities 556 3,620
    Cash flows from financing activities   
    Repayment of borrowings (13,200) (1,850)
    Lease payments (1,055) (1,165)
    Costs incurred on IPO charged to share premium (990)
    Proceeds from share issue 30,000 63
    Proceeds from share options vested 14
    Interest paid (250) (335)
    Net cash used in financing activities 14,519 (3,287)
    Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 27,401 1,195
    Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year 6,937 5,742
    Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the year 34,338 6,937

    Consolidated statement of changes in equity

     Share
    capital
    £’000
    Share
    premium
    £’000
    Retained
    earnings
    £’000
    Total
    equity
    £’000
    Balance as at 1 January 2020 10,728 10,728
    Profit for the financial year 2,970 2,970
    Total comprehensive income for the year 2,970 2,970
    Share based payments 138 138
    Deferred tax on share options 318 318
    Issue of share capital 63 63
    Total transactions with owners, recognised directly in equity 63 456 519
    Balance as at 31 December 2020 and 1 January 2021 63 14,154 14,217
    Profit for the financial year 5,231 5,231
    Total comprehensive income for the year 5,231 5,231
    Share based payments 1,527 1,527
    Deferred tax on share options (318) (318)
    Current tax deductions on exercise of share options  –  – 2,600 2,600
    IPO costs to share premium (990) (990)
    Share issued on incorporation
    Share split and capital reduction 302 (302)
    Exercise of pre-IPO share options 14 14
    Shares issue on IPO 17 29,983 30,000
    Purchase and cancellation of deferred shares (127) (63) 190
    Total transactions with owners, recognised directly in equity 206 28,930 3,697 32,833
    Balance as at 31 December 2021 206 28,993 23,082 52,281

     

    Notes

    Notes to the Financial Statements are available in the printable PDF version

    Page last updated: 21 April 2022

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