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OptiBiotix Health PLC

28 September 2022

28 September 2022

OptiBiotix Health plc

("OptiBiotix" or the "Company" or the "Group")

Half Year Report

OptiBiotix Health p lc (AI M: OPTI), a life sciences busi ness d eveloping compou n ds to tackle obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and skincare, a nnounces its results for the six months ended 30 June 2022.

Highlights

-- Successful admission of ProBiotix Health plc on the AQSE Growth Market on 31 March 2022, providing OptiBiotix shareholders with a dividend in specie of over GBP10.2m

-- Substantial strengthening of the senior commercial management team to drive future business growth

-- Lower than expected first half revenues caused by delays in restocking by certain large partners and in securing regulatory approval for some planned product launches

-- Improved sales performance post period with product launches by Apollo Pharmacies in India and restocking by some partners with sales normalising but insufficient to make up the H1 deficit

-- A substantial increase in the value of the Group's holding resulting in a Group net profit for the period of GBP13.9m (2021: GBP14.2m)

   --    A healthy balance sheet with gross assets of GBP22.4m 
   --    Entry into sports nutrition market with The Hut Group with the launch of LeanBiome (R) 

-- Launch of reformulated WellBiome(R) functional fibre and mineral blend to support healthy ageing

-- Publication of a peer-reviewed scientific study of one of our second-generation SweetBiotix(R) products, confirming its suitability as a healthy replacement for sugar

-- Conclusion of a joint development agreement with Firmenich, the world's largest privately owned taste and fragrance company, to develop new products containing SweetBiotix (R)

-- Significant scientific and commercial progress in the development of second-generation microbiome modulators

   --    Good progress in the development of OptiBiotix Health India 

Post Period

   --    The launch of the GoFigure(R) product range in India with Apollo Pharmacies 

-- An agreement with Nutraconnect to help accelerate the commercialisation of products in the Asia Pacific ("APAC") Region.

-- An exclusive distribution agreement with Longlive to distribute xylooligosaccharide (" XOS") prebiotic into the human nutrition markets (foods & beverages and supplements) in Europe and Africa as OptiXOS

Stephen O'Hara, CEO of OptiBiotix, commented: "Since the beginning of 2022 we have invested in the strengthening of our senior management team and focused on expanding our portfolio of larger business partners and increasing sales of our finished products direct to consumers, so building a more robust business for the future. We expect to see a return on this investment in the second half and beyond.

"As part of this process we are expanding our first-generation family of functional ingredients into new channels with the launch of LeanBiome(R) and WellBiome(R) and are making good progress commercialising our second-generation SweetBiotix(R) products. We are also making significant scientific and commercial progress in the development of our prebiotic microbiome modulators, which give us access to one of the most exciting areas of opportunity in the microbiome space.

"In line with our strategy of delivering multiple opportunities to investors, we retain significant exposure to the considerable growth potential in probiotics and skincare through the Group's shareholdings in ProBiotix Health plc and SkinBiotherapeutics plc.

"We are confident that our strategy will deliver an improved sales performance in the second half of the year, and even more strongly in 2023, and look forward to demonstrating the long-term growth potential of the Group."

This announcement contains information which, prior to its disclosure, was considered inside information for the purposes of the UK Market Abuse Regulation and the Directors of the Company are responsible for the release of this announcement.

For further information, please contact:

 
  OptiBiotix Health plc                                www.optibiotix.com 
  Neil Davidson, Chairman                            Contact via Walbrook 
                                                                    below 
  Stephen O'Hara, Chief Executive 
 
  Cairn Financial Advisers LLP (NOMAD)                 Tel: 020 7213 0880 
  Liam Murray / Jo Turner / Ludovico Lazzaretti 
 
  Cenkos Securities plc (Broker)                       Tel: 020 7397 8900 
  Callum Davidson 
  Michael Johnson / Russell Kerr (Sales) 
 
  Walbrook PR Ltd                                      Mob: 07876 741 001 
  Anna Dunphy 
 
 

Chairman's and Chief Executive's Statement

We are reporting on a period of very substantial change for the Group, reflecting the admission of our formerly wholly owned probiotic subsidiary ProBiotix Health plc ("ProBiotix Health") to trading on the AQSE Growth Market on 31 March 2022. This rewarded Group shareholders with a dividend in specie of approximately GBP10.24m, while raising GBP2.5m to accelerate the development of ProBiotix Health. The Group retains a 44% shareholding in ProBiotix Health, with a market value of circa GBP25m as at 30 June 2022, while OptiBiotix shareholders continuing to own approximately 44% of the ProBiotix business (GBP11m). The Company's combined holdings in SkinBiotherapeutics and ProBiotix Health were valued at GBP18m as of June 30(th) 2022.

These results are for the Group's new structure following the listing of ProBiotix Health plc ("PBX") on the AQSE Growth Market in March 2022. The listing of PBX on AQSE means that PBX is now considered an associate for accounting purposes with its revenues and costs removed post listing and only OptiBiotix's (44%) proportion of its profit and loss included in the Company's accounts. This makes year on year comparisons challenging.

As noted in the annual report, the Group's strategic move to focus on fewer and larger business partners has resulted in a change in the pattern of customer demand, as a result of which we always expected to receive fewer but much larger orders for our products than in the past, with timing differences in the placement of orders temporarily affecting future financial results.

This change has been reflected in a substantial reduction in the turnover of our continuing prebiotic business, OptiBiotix Ltd, compared with the first half last year, as uncertain global market conditions led some major partners to delay restocking, while planned product launches with our new major partners Apollo Hospitals and Nahdi Medical were delayed until the second half owing to slower than expected progress in them securing regulatory approvals. Post period Apollo have launched in pharmacy stores in major cities across India.

We are working hard to broaden our customer base by building new partnerships with larger companies, particularly in the USA, which is expected to progressively mitigate the revenue risks associated with timing differences and launch delays in future financial periods. The growth in direct to consumer online sales will also help to smooth fluctuations in the timings of when customers reorder stock.

Strategic overview

OptiBiotix Health is a life sciences business founded on the development of probiotic and prebiotic compounds to tackle obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and skincare: all markets offering strong growth potential in every part of the world. The Company has built a broad portfolio of microbiome assets in this field including skincare through SkinBiotherapeutics and probiotics, through ProBiotix Health plc. These create a diverse portfolio of opportunities in an emerging area of healthcare.

The first phase of our two-stage growth strategy, designed to lower the Group's risk profile, was to establish the credibility of our science and brands through an initial focus on building sales of our first-generation products (principally LP(LDL) (R) in probiotics and SlimBiome(R) in prebiotics) though business-to-business deals with partners in multiple territories around the world, with an initial focus on Europe, while at the same time pursuing the development of our more innovative second-generation products that offer potentially larger future returns. This has allowed us to report profitable trading positions in in each of our prebiotic and probiotic businesses for the last two years.

In spring 2021 we appointed René Kamminga as CEO of the prebiotics business and subsequently to the plc Company board in July 2022. We added to our senior team in spring 2022 to deliver an increasing emphasis on the key objectives in the second phase of our strategic development. These include: -

-- Focusing on a smaller number of large partners in key strategic markets, particularly the USA and Asia;

-- Improving our sales mix and margins by moving increasingly from ingredient sales to the sale of finished products, both through larger partners and direct-to-consumer through our own online store and other outlets such as TMall.com in Asia;

-- Expanding our first-generation product portfolio of functional ingredients by extending our technology into new channels such as sports nutrition with LeanBiome(R) and new product areas such as WellBiome(R);

-- Progressing the commercialisation of our second-generation products, SweetBiotix(R) and Microbiome Modulators;

-- Working progressively to broaden our range of larger business partners, to secure increased volume sales, extend geographical reach, and reduce revenue dependency of a limited range of partners.

As we have previously stated, this strategy gives our shareholders exposure to multiple opportunities within the emerging human microbiome space and affords the potential to deliver additional value through separate public listing of our divisions, as we have accomplished since the beginning of the new financial year with the admission of ProBiotix Health to trading on the AQSE Growth Market.

All these actions increase the scale of the opportunity within OptiBiotix and our ability to deliver sustained growth for shareholders in the years ahead.

Commercial and scientific overview

Since the beginning of the current financial year we have announced:

-- The achievement of British Retail Consortium accreditation, confirming our compliance with the Global Food Safety Initiative ('GFSI') benchmark. This certification by one of the leading international food safety standards, accepted by most large retailers and their suppliers worldwide, is an important support to our commercial strategy of increasing our sales of final product solutions to partners in the retail channel.

-- Our entry into the sports nutrition market with the launch of LeanBiome (R), a scientifically supported blend of dietary and prebiotic fibres and a trace mineral, developed to support athletes increase lean muscle mass and to improve metabolism, gut health and satiety. Our distribution agreement with leading e-commerce retailer The Hut Group, signed in December 2021, saw LeanBiome(R) launched in January 2022 with its Impact Diet Lean product as part of its My Protein range in the UK and at the end of H1 with a breakfast smoothie.

-- Publication of a third human volunteer study on the clinical efficacy of LP(LDL) (R), demonstrating through a placebo-controlled trial that LP(LDL) (R) delivered large and statistically significant reductions in total cholesterol, LDL-C (bad) cholesterol and Apolipoprotein B (widely accepted as the most important causal agent of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease), with no compliance, tolerance or safety issues. The results of this and other studies suggest efficacy similar to low level statins and other treatments more typically associated with pharmaceuticals, suggesting potential in high value pharmaceutical markets for the use of LP(LDL) (R) in individuals who are unwilling or unable to tolerate other treatments.

-- Publication of a consumer study undertaken among purchasers from our own e-commerce website of CholBiome(x3) , our proprietary food supplement containing LP(LDL) (R) , which confirmed its effectiveness in reducing cholesterol with no reports of side-effects or any tolerance issues.

-- Admission of ProBiotix Health plc to the AQSE Growth Market on 31 March 2022, raising GBP2.5m for the further development of our former Probiotic subsidiary through a placing and subscription of new shares, while giving our own shareholders a dividend in specie of 0.554673 ProBiotix share for every OptiBiotix Health share held.

-- The subsequent appointment of Steen Andersen as Chief Executive Officer of ProBiotix Health plc, as part of our long-planned strategy to appoint experienced commercial leaders to run each part of the business. This allows the Group CEO to focus on identifying and developing the new technologies that will provide the Group with a continuing pipeline of products to deliver future growth and market value.

-- Good progress in the development of OptiBiotix Health India, the new subsidiary whose formation we announced in November 2021. This gives us much improved access to a very large, rapidly growing and increasingly prosperous market of 1.3bn people. India is expected to account for the majority of the world's middle-class consumers by 2035. With high levels of cardiovascular disease and obesity already prevalent in the country, we see excellent opportunities to improve engagement with our local manufacturing partners and to develop sales of both ingredients and higher-margin final products in the years ahead.

-- The soft launch at the IFT Expo in Chicago of our reformulated WellBiome(R) functional fibre and mineral blend, which contains new ingredients that allow us to make US and European on-pack health claims for its benefits to heart, bone, cognitive and metabolic health in support of healthy ageing.

-- Certification of LeanBiome (R) as an Informed Ingredient for Sports Nutrition: an important industry certification demonstrating through rigorous independent testing by an authorised body that it is free from substances that are banned in sport. This is a significant step in attracting major sports nutrition companies to incorporate LeanBiome (R) in their products.

-- Development of new low calorie, high prebiotic extruded fibre puffs, designed to make users feel full for longer and to reduce food cravings as an extension of our SlimBiome(R) and LeanBiome (R) ranges. Following successful taste testing of four flavours of these puffs, they will be launched online direct to consumers and with partners later in the year.

-- Publication of a peer-reviewed study of one of our SweetBiotix (R) products confirming its sweetness, bulking and prebiotic fibre properties and concluding it could be an innovative, healthy substitute for sugar in a range of everyday products. This is one of a family of second-generation SweetBiotix (R) products developed for different applications in food, beverages and dairy products, based on the concept of creating a sweet fibre that has a low glycaemic index which enhances the microbiome, and represents a step- change from existing products on the market or, to the best of our knowledge and partner discussions, known to be under development. Independent scientific confirmation of SweetBiotix (R) by leading scientists in the field is key to creating interest and industry credibility and provides important marketing materials for commercial launches.

-- Conclusion of a new joint development agreement with Firmenich, the world's largest privately owned taste and fragrance company, and the world's largest supplier of Stevia, to develop new products containing our second generation SweetBiotix (R) compound, in return for sales-based milestone and royalty payments. We see this area progressing at pace and believe that the recent scientific publication and the deal with Firmenich, which is merging with DSM, the world's largest ingredients supplier, to create a NewCo with a US $11.4bn turnover, are major steps forward in bringing SweetBiotix (R) to market.

-- Continued work with large corporate partners to develop further SweetBiotix (R) applications for foods and beverages. Our aim is to build a broad range of products suitable for a wide range of application areas which can meet the needs of multiple partners, on applications as diverse as dairy, cereals, and hot and cold beverages, that will broaden the scale of the opportunity for our investors.

-- Significant scientific and commercial progress in the development of our microbiome modulators: a range of second-generation products which selectively enhance the growth rate of specific types of bacteria and create the potential for targeted treatment of a range of human diseases. We have developed an innovative approach to allow us to precision engineer the microbiome to selectively increase the growth and biological activity of a range of bacteria using precision prebiotics, creating the potential to revolutionise the use of the microbiome therapies in healthcare. This is one of the most exciting areas of opportunity in the microbiome space. During the period we made a presentation at an international conference of a new approach which allows us to manufacture at scale through the identification, sequencing and production of an enzyme which generates the prebiotic in large amounts. This is a major step forward in the commercialisation process which has enhanced the commercial appeal of these products to corporate partners and has already led to early discussions with a large US corporate partner on commercialising a range of these products as high value special ingredients.

Results

OptiBiotix results for six months ended 30 June 2022 are set out below. These results are for the Group's new structure following the listing of ProBiotix Health plc ("PBX") on the AQSE Growth Market in March 2022. The listing of PBX on AQSE means that PBX is now considered an associate for accounting purposes with its revenues and costs removed post listing and only OptiBiotix's (44%) proportion of its profit and loss included in the Company's accounts. This makes year on year comparisons challenging.

The results show revenue from continuing operations for the six months of GBP118,898 (2021: Combined sales of GBP1,076,044), reflecting the separate admission of ProBiotix Health and delays in the placement of orders by our new larger partners, as the uncertain economic environment caused some hesitancy in restocking, and slowness in securing regulatory approvals led to some planned new product launches being deferred until the second half

of 2022.   Post period Apollo Hospitals launched a range of GoFigure products in September 2022. 

As in previous years, there was no contribution in this period from licence or royalty payments which tend to be received in the second half of the year.

Administrative expenses were GBP1,109,311 (2021: GBP1,071,015) which includes ProBiotix costs to the end of March 2022 and a number of one off prelisting and recruitment expenses. Staffing costs increased reflecting the additions to the team in H1 but should moderate under a shared service agreement which allocates costs between ProBiotix and OptiBiotix companies equally or according to usage if materially different.

The listing of ProBiotix on AQSE has created a previously unrecognised asset allowing the Company to report a circa GBP13.9m profit largely from the gain on this investment offset by a loss on revaluation of the SkinBioTherapeutics plc shares. The Company has a healthy balance sheet with gross assets of GBP22.4m (H1 2021: GBP28m) with circa GBP1.5m (H1 2021: GBP993K) cash at the end of June 2022. Once R&D tax credits are claimed and recoverable VAT repayments are added, the balance will be GBP1.98m (2021: GBP1.21m).

Board and management

René Kamminga was appointed a Director of the Group on 1 July 2022 following his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of our prebiotic business, OptiBiotix Ltd, in March 2021. René is now focusing on the key objectives of expanding our product range, increasing the number of larger partners, growing sales and building a profitable business.

As noted in the annual report, we made a number of senior appointments in the early part of the financial year, almost doubling the size of the team to support business growth. These will contribute to the development of both OptiBiotix and ProBiotix, under a shared service agreement which allocates costs between the companies according to usage.

Paul Cannings joined us in January 2022 as Head of Operations & Quality. His focus is on managing every step of the supply chain, from negotiating and ordering raw ingredients through warehouse and inventory management to order fulfilment and invoicing. As part of this process, we are changing our current warehousing supplier to reduce fulfilment costs and increase our international coverage.

Zac Sniderman joined us in March 2022 as Business Development & Sales Director for North America, as part of a strategic focus for 2022 to increase the number of large partners in the important US market. Zac's role is to identify and reach agreement with large US partners for the commercialisation of our products in North America.

Shiraz Butt also joined us in March 2022 as E-Commerce Director. His role is to grow the online sales business by selling OptiBiotix own label products direct to customers both in the UK and in Asia. This involves improving the online sales experience, working with influencers and social media channels to increase product awareness, and most importantly growing online sales into a profitable business. Shiraz comes with a strong record of online sales growth achieving the all-time highest online sales consistently for large sports nutrition brands PhD Nutrition, TheProteinWorks and Iovate. He has grown ecommerce divisions for brands internationally from launch to GBP10million+ covering D2C and marketplaces.

These appointments are all part of a strategy to bring in industry leaders and specialist expertise to support the Group's growth plans and capitalise on the opportunities created by our growing pipeline of products. We would expect the value from these appointments to be realised in the second half of 2022 and beyond.

We will continue to evolve the Board in line with the Company's focus on the prebiotic business and its strategic aims.

Outlook

Despite the challenging trading environment, the Group is in a strong position with a healthy balance sheet and cash position, and improving sales prospects in the second half of 2022. We continue to develop online sales direct to consumers through our own website and build new revenue streams through new partners launching products in the second half of 2022 such as Apollo Hospitals in India and Nahdi Medical in Saudi Arabia. The commercial agreements we signed at the end of 2021 with these new large partners, and with The Hut Group in the UK, represent the future strategic direction of the Company and are complemented by the joint development agreement signed with Firmenich in the current year, which will help us to bring our second-generation SweetBiotix (R) products to larger markets.

At the start of 2022 we invested in expanded sales and marketing capabilities that will help us increase the number of larger partners, increase our sales of final products direct to consumers through retail channels, and create a more robust business for the future. Broadening our partner and product base will reduce the risk of revenues in future accounting periods being impacted by individual partners delaying launches, or by timing differences in restocking.

The Company is exploring opportunities to in-license or acquire additional technologies that will ensure a continuous pipeline of solutions to deliver diversified growth for the Group and strengthen our position as one of the leading companies in the rapidly growing microbiome space.

We are confident that our strategy will deliver an improved sales performance in the second half of the year, and even more strongly in 2023. Our second-generation SweetBiotix (R) family of products and microbiome modulators offer exciting potential for future growth in prebiotics, while we retain exposure to the considerable growth potential in probiotics and skincare through the Group's shareholdings in ProBiotix Health plc and SkinBiotherapeutics plc.

The continued expansion of our markets, the proven credibility of our science, the growing recognition of our brands and the strength and depth of our management team all give us a high degree of continued confidence in the exciting long-term growth potential of the Group.

N Davidson and S O'Hara

28 September 2022

Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

For the six months to 30 June 2022

 
                                                6 months to       6 months to           Year to 
                                                    30 June           30 June       31 December 
                                                       2022              2021              2021 
                                                  Unaudited         Unaudited           Audited 
  Continuing operations                                 GBP               GBP               GBP 
 
  Revenue                                           118,898         1,076,044         2,212,932 
 
  Cost of sales                                    (56,692)         (601,813)       (1,089,589) 
                                             --------------    --------------    -------------- 
  Gross Profit                                       62,206           474,231         1,123,343 
 
  Share based payments                                5,810            30,144            60,288 
  Depreciation and amortisation                     117,425           144,636           288,455 
  Other administrative costs                        986,076           896,235         2,139,914 
 
  Administrative expenses                       (1,109,311)       (1,071,015)       (2,488,657) 
                                             --------------    --------------    -------------- 
  Operating loss                                (1,047,105)         (596,784)       (1,365,314) 
 
  Finance income / (costs)                               81          (23,186)          (47,478) 
  Share of loss from associate                       91,386                 -                 - 
  Gain on investments                            14,859,096        14,165,501         7,500,681 
  Profit on disposal of investments                       -           720,863            88,618 
                                             --------------    --------------    -------------- 
  Profit/(Loss) before Income 
   tax                                           13,903,458        14,266,394         6,176,507 
 
  Income tax                                         12,288             2,638            84,523 
                                             --------------    --------------    -------------- 
  Profit/(Loss) for the period                   13,915,746        14,269,032         6,261,030 
 
  Other Comprehensive Income                              -                 -                 - 
                                             --------------    --------------    -------------- 
  Total comprehensive income 
   for the period                                13,915,746        14,269,032         6,261,030 
 
 
  Total comprehensive income 
   attributable to the owners 
   of the group                                  13,915,746        14,269,032         6,261,030 
  Dividends                                    (10,258,000)                 -                 - 
  Non-controlling interest                                -                 -                 - 
 
                                                  3,657,746        14,269,032         6,261,030 
  Earnings/(loss) per share 
  Basic & Diluted - pence               4             4.15p            16.23p             7.15p 
 
 
  Basic & Diluted before                              3.84p            14.88p             6.55p 
  Profit on investment revaluation 
   - pence 
 
 
 
 

Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

As at 30 June 2022

 
                                    Notes             As at             As at             As at 
                                               30 June 2022      30 June 2021       31 December 
                                                  Unaudited         Unaudited              2021 
                                                                                        Audited 
  ASSETS                                                GBP               GBP               GBP 
  Non-current assets 
  Intangibles                                     2,232,984         2,726,349         2,640,672 
  Property, plant & equipment                         2,000                 -                 - 
  Investments                         5          18,093,846        22,947,992        13,650,927 
                                             --------------    --------------    -------------- 
                                                 20,328,830        25,674,341        16,291,599 
                                             --------------    --------------    -------------- 
  CURRENT ASSETS 
  Inventories                                       127,679            86,323           101,877 
  Trade and other receivables                       434,040         1,285,689         1,552,490 
  Current tax asset                                  68,343           115,772           191,249 
  Cash and cash equivalents                       1,509,347           993,014         2,007,448 
                                             --------------    --------------    -------------- 
                                                  2,139,409         2,480,798         3,853,064 
                                             --------------    --------------    -------------- 
  TOTAL ASSETS                                   22,468,239        28,155,139        20,144,663 
 
  EQUITY 
  Shareholders' Equity 
  Called up share capital             6           1,760,312         1,758,812         1,758,812 
  Share premium                                   2,545,001         2,537,501         2,537,501 
  Share based payment reserve                       933,405           897,451           927,595 
  Merger relief reserve                           1,500,000         1,500,000         1,500,000 
  Convertible Loan Note Reserve                           -            92,712            92,712 
  Retained Earnings                              14,977,744        19,328,000        11,319,998 
                                             --------------    --------------    -------------- 
                                                 21,716,462        26,114,476        18,136,618 
  Non-Controlling Interest                           35,782            35,782            35,782 
                                             --------------    --------------    -------------- 
  Total Equity                                   21,752,244        26,150,258        18,172,400 
                                             --------------    --------------    -------------- 
  LIABILITIES 
  Current liabilities 
  Trade and other payables                          255,014           643,489           600,904 
                                             --------------    --------------    -------------- 
                                                    255,014           643,489           600,904 
                                             --------------    --------------    -------------- 
  Non - current liabilities 
  Deferred tax liability                            460,981           558,885           552,000 
  Borrowings                                              -           802,507           819,359 
                                             --------------    --------------    -------------- 
                                                    460,981         1,361,392         1,371,359 
                                             --------------    --------------    -------------- 
  TOTAL LIABILITIES                                 715,995         2,004,881         1,972,263 
                                             --------------    --------------    -------------- 
 
  TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES                   22,468,239        28,155,139        20,144,663 
 
 
 

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

For six months to 30 June 2022

 
                       Called             Share       Share-based             Non          Merger        Retained     Convertible             Total 
                           up           premium           Payment     controlling          Relief        Earnings       Loan note            Equity 
                        Share                             reserve        Interest         Reserve 
                      Capital 
                          GBP               GBP               GBP             GBP             GBP             GBP             GBP               GBP 
                 ------------    --------------    --------------    ------------    ------------    ------------        --------    -------------- 
  Balance at 
   31 
   December 
   2020             1,758,812         2,537,501           867,307          35,782       1,500,000       5,058,968          92,712        11,851,082 
  Profit for 
   the period               -                 -                 -               -               -      14,269,032               -        14,269,032 
  Share based 
   payment                  -                 -            30,144               -               -               -               -            30,144 
                 ------------    --------------    --------------    ------------    ------------    ------------    ------------    -------------- 
  Balance at 
   30 June 
   2021             1,758,812         2,537,501           897,451          35,782       1,500,000      19,328,000          92,712        26,150,258 
                 ------------    --------------    --------------    ------------    ------------    ------------    ------------    -------------- 
  Loss for 
   the period               -                 -                 -               -               -     (8,008,002)               -       (8,008,002) 
  share based 
   payment                  -                 -            30,144               -               -               -               -            30,144 
                 ------------      ------------      ------------    ------------    ------------    ------------    ------------      ------------ 
  Balance at 
   31 
   December 
   2021             1,758,812         2,537,501           927,595          35,782       1,500,000      11,319,998          92,712        18,172,400 
                 ------------      ------------      ------------    ------------    ------------    ------------    ------------      ------------ 
  Profit for 
   the period               -                 -                 -               -               -       3,657,746               -         3,657,746 
  share based 
   payment                  -                 -             5,810               -               -               -               -             5,810 
  Loan note 
   conversion               -                 -                 -               -               -               -        (92,712)          (92,712) 
  Issue of 
   shares               1,500             7,500                 -               -               -               -               -             9,000 
                 ------------      ------------      ------------    ------------    ------------    ------------    ------------      ------------ 
  Balance at 
   30 June 
   2022             1,760,312         2,545,001           933,405          35,782       1,500,000      14,977,744               -        21,752,244 
                 ------------      ------------      ------------    ------------    ------------    ------------    ------------      ------------ 
 

Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

For the six months to 30 June 2022

 
                                       Notes         6 months        6 months            Year 
                                                           to              to              to 
                                                      30 June         30 June     31 December 
                                                         2022            2021            2021 
                                                    Unaudited       Unaudited         Audited 
                                                                          GBP             GBP 
  Reconciliation of loss 
   before income tax to cash 
   outflow from operations 
  Operating loss                                  (1,047,106)       (596,784)     (1,365,314) 
  Decrease/ (Increase) in 
   inventories                                       (35,744)          97,913          82,359 
  (Increase)/decrease in trade 
   and other 
   receivables                                        658,223       (639,866)       (906,666) 
  (Decrease)/increase in trade 
   and other 
   payables                                         (211,233)         124,494          81,909 
  Share Option expense                                  5,810          30,144          60,288 
  Amortisation of patents                             117,425         144,636         288,455 
  Net foreign exchange differences                          -           6,511           (478) 
                                                 ------------    ------------    ------------ 
  Net cash outflow from operations                  (512,625)       (832,952)     (1,759,447) 
 
  Interest received                                       121              63             121 
 
  Tax received                                         98,331         194,663         194,664 
                                                 ------------    ------------    ------------ 
  Net cash outflow from operating 
   activities                                       (414,173)       (638,226)     (1,564,662) 
 
  Cash flows from investing 
   activities 
 
  Purchase of intangible assets                      (57,726)       (134,376)       (193,506) 
  Net cashflow re disposal                           (35,202)               -               - 
   of subsidiary 
                                                 ------------    ------------    ------------ 
  Net cash (outflow)/inflow 
   from investing activities                         (92,928)       (134,376)       (193,506) 
                                                 ------------    ------------    ------------ 
  Cash flows from financing 
   activities 
  Share issues                                          9,000               -               - 
  Disposal of Investments                                   -         900,936       2,900,936 
                                                 ------------    ------------    ------------ 
  Net cash inflow from financing 
   activities                                           9,000         900,936       2,900,936 
                                                 ------------    ------------    ------------ 
 
  Increase/(decrease) in 
   cash and equivalents                             (498,101)         128,334       1,142,768 
 
  Cash and cash equivalents 
   at beginning of period                           2,007,448         864,680         864,680 
                                                 ------------    ------------    ------------ 
  Cash and cash equivalents 
   at end of period                                 1,509,347         993,014       2,007,448 
 
 

Notes to the Half Yearly Report

For the six months to 30 June 2022

   1.   General Information 

Optibiotix Health Plc is a com pany incorp orated and d omiciled in England and Wales. The com pan y 's offices are in York. The com pany is listed on the AIM market of the Lo nd on Stock Exchange (ticker: OPTI).

The financial information set out in this Half Yearly report does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. The group's statutory financial statements for the period ended 31 December 2021, prepared under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"), have been filed with the Registrar of Companies. The auditor's report on those financial statements was unqualified and did not contain statements under Sections 498(2) and 498 (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

Copies of the annual statutory accounts and the Half Yearly report can be found on the Company's website at http://www.optibiotix.com/ .

   2.   Basis of preparation and significant accounting policies 

This Half Yearly report has been prepared using the historical cost convention, on a going concern basis and in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") as adopted by the United Kingdom.

The interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the accounting policies set out in the Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 December 2021.

   3.   Segmental Reporting 

In the opinion of the directors, the Group has one class of business, in three geographical areas being that of identifying and developing microbial strains, compounds and formulations for use in the nutraceutical industry. The Group sells into three highly interconnected markets, all costs assets and liabilities are derived from the UK location.

Following the listing of Probiotix Health plc on the AQSE Growth Market on 31 March 2022 the figures below include turnover from 1 January 2022 to 30 March 2022 are included for ProBiotix Ltd.

Revenue analysed by market

 
 
                          Period ended      Period ended       Year ended 
                               30 June           30 June      31 December 
                                  2022              2021             2021 
                                   GBP               GBP              GBP 
  Probiotics                    19,508           536,225        1,100,132 
  Functional Fibres             99,390           539,819          112,800 
 
                          ------------      ------------     ------------ 
                               118,898         1,076,044        2,212,932 
 
 

Revenue analysed by geographical market

 
 
                      Period ended      Period ended       Year ended 
                           30 June           30 June      31 December 
                              2022              2021             2021 
                               GBP               GBP              GBP 
  UK                        47,796           309,493          647,649 
  US                        15,366           408,366          827,135 
  International             55,736           358,185          734,148 
 
                      ------------      ------------     ------------ 
                           118,898         1,076,044        2,212,932 
 
 

During the reporting period one customer represented GBP49,668 (41.8%) of Group revenues. (June 2021: one customer generated GBP408,366 representing 37.9% of Group revenues)

   4.    Earnings per Share 

Basic earnings per share is calculated by dividing the earnings attributable shareholders by the weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding during the period.

Reconciliations are set out below:

 
                                  6 Months 
                                        to         6 Months          Year to 
                                   30 June               to      31 December 
                                      2022     30 June 2021             2021 
                                 Unaudited        Unaudited          Audited 
 
  Basic 
 
  Earnings attributable 
   to ordinary shareholders      3,657,746       14,269,032        6,261,029 
 
  Weighted average number 
   of shares                    88,047,596       87,940,601       87,574,152 
 
  Earnings (Loss) per-share 
   - pence                           4.15p           16.23p            7.15p 
 
 
  Diluted 
 
  Earnings attributable 
   to ordinary shareholders      3,657,746       14,269,032        6,261,029 
 
  Weighted average number 
   of shares                    95,230,503       95,902,844       87,574,152 
 
  Earnings/(Loss) per-share 
   - pence                           3.84p           14.88p            6.55p 
 
 
 
 

As at 30 June 2022 there were 7,182,907 outstanding share options.

   5.   Investments 
 
  Available for sale investments 
  Carrying value                                     GBP 
 
  At 31 December 2020                          8,962,564 
 
  Revaluations                                 7,500,681 
  Disposal of shares during the period       (2,812,318) 
                                            ------------ 
  Carrying amount 
  At 31 December 2021                         13,650,927 
 
  Revaluations                               (6,980,467) 
 
                                            ------------ 
  Carrying amount 
  At 30 June 2022                              6,760,460 
 
 
 
  Investment in associates 
  Carrying value                                 GBP 
 
  At 31 December 2021                              - 
 
  Additions                               11,242.000 
  Share of profit                             91,386 
                                        ------------ 
  Carrying amount 
  At 30 June 2022                         11,333,386 
 
 
 
  Total value of investments at 30 
   June 2022                              18,093,846 
 
 
   6.   Share Capital 

Issued share capital comprises:

 
                                   6 months          6 months           Year to 
                                 to 30 June        to 30 June                31 
                                       2022              2021          December 
                                  Unaudited         Unaudited              2021 
                                                                        Audited 
                                        GBP               GBP               GBP 
 
  Ordinary shares of 2p 
   each 
   87,940,601                             -         1,758,812         1,758,812 
 
  Ordinary shares of 2p           1,761,314                 -                 - 
   each 
   88,065,601 
                             --------------    --------------    -------------- 
                                  1,761,314         1,758,812         1,758,812 
 
 
   7.   Post balance sheet events 

No post balance sheet events.

Caution regarding forward looking statements

Certain statements in this announcement, are, or may be deemed to be, forward looking statements. Forward looking statements are identi ed by their use of terms and phrases such as "believe", "could", "should" "envisage", "estimate", "intend", "may", "plan", "potentially", "expect", "will" or the negative of those, variations or comparable expressions, including references to assumptions. These forward looking statements are not based on historical facts but rather on the Directors' current expectations and assumptions regarding the Company's future growth, results of operations, performance, future capital and other expenditures (including the amount, nature and sources of funding thereof), competitive advantages, business prospects and opportunities. Such forward looking statements re ect the Directors' current beliefs and assumptions and are based on information currently available to the Directors.

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