RNS Number : 2700E

Adams PLC

03 July 2019

3 July 2019

Adams Plc

("Adams" or the "Company")


Adams Plc presents its annual report and audited financial results for the year ended 31 March 2019.


   -       Net assets at 31 March 2019 of GBP2.37 million (2018: GBP2.11 million). 
   -       Net assets per share 2.87 pence at 31 March 2019 (2018: 2.55 pence). 
   -       Profit after tax of GBP0.26 million (2018: profit of GBP0.18 million). 
   -       Investments at 31 March 2019 valued at GBP2.08 million (2018: GBP2.08 million). 
   -       Spend on new investments of GBP0.21 million (2018: GBP1.59 million). 
   -       Investment realisation proceeds of GBP0.53 million (2018: GBP0.73 million). 
   -       Secured GBP3.00 million loan facility of which no part drawn down to date. 

Michael Bretherton, Chairman, said:

"The Board continues to seek attractive investment opportunities coupled with a focus on financial discipline as the strategy to best navigate challenging markets and the uncertain global climate. We remain committed to delivering additional value for our shareholders going forward."

The Company's 2019 Annual Report will shortly be posted to shareholders together with a Notice of Annual General Meeting, copies of which will be made available on the Company's website at www.adamsplc.co.uk under the Investor Relations / Company & Shareholder Documents section. The Annual General Meeting is to be held at 11.00 a.m. on Friday 9 August 2019 at IOMA House, Hope Street, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 1AP.


Adams Plc Michael Bretherton Tel: +44 1534 719 761

Nomad Cairn Financial Advisers LLP. Sandy Jamieson, James Caithie Tel: +44 207 213 0880

Broker Peterhouse Capital Limited. Heena Karani Tel: +44 207 469 3393

Chairman's Statement

Adams Plc ("Adams" or the "Company") reported a profit after tax of GBP257,000 for the year ended 31 March 2019 compared to a profit of GBP180,000 in the prior year. The increase in profitability is principally due to higher reported gains on the valuation of investments.

During the year, the Company spent GBP0.21 million on the purchase of additional investments and realised proceeds of GBP0.53 million from investment disposals. The carrying value of investments at 31 March 2019 was GBP2.08 million, represented by 3 listed and 1 un-listed investment holding, which was in line with the prior year end carrying value of GBP2.08 million as represented by 3 listed and 3 un-listed investment holdings at 31 March 2018.

Net assets increased to GBP2.37 million (equivalent to 2.87 pence per share) at the 31 March 2019 balance sheet date, compared with GBP2.11 million (equivalent to 2.55 pence per share) at the previous year end. The increase in net assets fully reflects the profit reported for the year.

Cash and cash equivalent balances were GBP315,000 at 31 March 2019 compared to cash balances of GBP52,000 at 31 March 2018.

Business model and investing policy

Adams is an investing company with an investing policy under which the Board is seeking to acquire interests in special situation investment opportunities that have an element of distress, dislocation, dysfunction or other special situation attributes and that the Board perceives to be undervalued. The principal focus is in the small to middle-market capitalisation sectors in the UK or Europe, but the directors will also consider possible special situation opportunities anywhere in the world if they believe there is an opportunity to generate added value for shareholders.

Loan Facility

On 29 January 2019, Adams announced that, in support of its investment strategy, the Company had entered into an agreement with Adams's largest shareholder, Richard Griffiths, and his controlled company, Blake Holdings Limited, for the provision of an unsecured loan facility of up to GBP3 million in total. The Company believes there is potential to yield increased investment returns if Adams has access to such further cash resources to finance additional special situation investment opportunities.

This loan facility may be drawn down by the Company in minimum tranches of GBP500,000 and has no fixed term but is repayable in full or in part six months after any repayment notice issued by either the lender or the Company. Interest accrues daily based on a rate of 7 per cent. per annum and is paid six monthly in arrears. No arrangement, commitment or exit fees have or will be charged.

No part of this loan facility has been drawn down to date.

Investment Portfolio

The listed investments held by the Company at 31 March 2019 comprised Petrofac Limited ("Petrofac"), Eland Oil & Gas Plc ("Eland"), and Midatech Pharma Plc ("Midatech"). In addition, the Company holds shares and loan notes in unquoted Sherwood Holdings Limited which has Source Bioscience Limited ("Source Bioscience") as its principal subsidiary company asset.

Petrofac is listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange and is a multinational service provider to the oil and gas production and processing industry. The company, which has 31 offices and approximately 13,500 staff worldwide, designs, builds, operates and maintains oil and gas facilities with a focus on delivering first class project execution, cost control and effective risk management. For the year ended 31 December 2018, Petrofac reported a profit of US $350 million after tax before exceptional items, on revenue of US $5.83 billion. During that period, the company incurred exceptional costs of US $289 million on mainly the write down of an installation vessel following the decision to exit the deep-water market, together with a further write down of its interests in Mexico and the Greater Stella Area development, both of which are in the process of disposal, and which resulted in a reported overall profit after tax for the year of US $61 million.

Eland is an AIM listed independent oil and gas company focused on production and development in principally the Niger Delta in West Africa where, through its joint venture company Elcrest Exploration and Production Nigeria Ltd, it has acquired a number of oil field licenses. Since acquiring its Opuama oil field, Eland has successfully redeveloped this asset with first production oil commencing in February 2014 from the recommissioning of two existing wells. The company subsequently brought two further wells onstream, resulting in an all-time production high in 2018. Eland's increasing production has led to growing revenues of US $169.2 million for the year to 31 December 2018 and a resultant US $148.0 million post-tax profit in that period.

Midatech is an AIM listed company focussed on improved bio-delivery and bio-distribution of medicines or agents to areas of the body where they are most needed and can exert their actions in an effective, safe and precise manner in order to extend the lives of patients with rare and serious cancers.

Source Bioscience is a private company that is an international provider of state-of-the art laboratory services and products and has an expertise in clinical diagnostics, genomics, proteomics, drug discovery & development research and analytical testing services.

Post year end investment transactions. Subsequent to the Company's 31 March 2019 year end, Adams realised its investment in Midatech in full, generating investment disposal proceeds amounting to GBP580,000. Adams also made a new investment of GBP233,000 in a UK-based AIM listed specialty pharmaceutical company dedicated to developing high-quality hormone therapeutics to aid lifelong treatment for rare and chronic endocrine conditions, as well as a new investment of GBP195,000 in an AIM listed mining company with principal interests in China. Together with other cash flows, Adams currently has cash balances of approximately GBP479,000, in addition to an unused loan facility of GBP3.0 million, available for further investment as and when the directors identify appropriate attractive opportunities to exploit.


Expansion of the world economy is continuing to lose momentum and growth forecasts have been revised downwards in almost all G20 economies, with particularly large revisions in the euro area for both 2019 and 2020. Ongoing trade tensions between the US and China, Brexit uncertainties and a further erosion of business and consumer confidence are all contributing to the slowdown. Consequently, your Board will continue to maintain a rigorous and highly selective investment approach, coupled with a focus on financial discipline, as the best strategy to navigate these challenging markets and the uncertain global climate.

We remain confident in the underlying fundamentals, technologies and long-term potential for growth at the companies within our investment portfolio and are committed to delivering additional value for shareholders going forward.

Michael Bretherton


2 July 2019

   Statement of Comprehensive Income                             Year ended        Year ended 
                                                              31 March 2019     31 March 2018 
                                                                    GBP'000           GBP'000 
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 Dividend income                                                         87                45 
 Gain on investments                                                    317               280 
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 Investment return                                                      404               325 
 Expenses and other income 
 Administrative expenses 
  Other income                                                        (172)             (155) 
                                                                         14                 - 
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 Operating profit                                                       246               170 
 Interest income                                                         11                10 
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 Profit before income tax                                               257               180 
 Income tax expense                                                       -                 - 
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 Profit and total comprehensive profit for the year                     257               180 
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 Basic and diluted earnings per share                                 0.31p             0.25p 
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Statement of Financial Position at 31 March 2019

                                                              31 March 
                                            31 March 2019         2018 
                                                  GBP'000      GBP'000 
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 Non-current assets 
 Investments                                        2,075        2,076 
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 Current assets 
 Prepayments                                            2            2 
 Cash and cash equivalents                            315           52 
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 Current assets                                       317           54 
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 Total assets                                       2,392        2,130 
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 Current liabilities 
 Trade and other payables                            (26)         (21) 
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 Total liabilities                                   (26)         (21) 
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 Net current assets                                   291           33 
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 Net assets                                         2,366        2,109 
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 Called up share capital                              826        1,001 
 Share premium                                          -        1,401 
 Foreign currency translation reserve                   -        (244) 
 Retained earnings / (deficit) reserve              1,540         (49) 
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 Total shareholder equity                           2,366        2,109 
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Statement of Changes in Equity as at 31 March 2019

                                                Share            Foreign currency        Retained earnings / 
                             Share Capital    Premium         translation reserve          (deficit) reserve     Total 
                                   GBP'000    GBP'000                     GBP'000                    GBP'000   GBP'000 
 At 1 April 2017                       636        783                       (244)                      (229)       946 
 Changes in equity 
 Issue of shares                       365        618                           -                          -       983 
 Total comprehensive gain                -          -                           -                        180       180 
--------------------------  --------------  ---------  --------------------------  -------------------------  -------- 
 At 31 March 2018                    1,001      1,401                       (244)                       (49)     2,109 
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 Changes in equity 
 Redenomination of share 
  capital                            (175)        175                           -                          -         - 
 Elimination of foreign 
  currency reserve                       -      (244)                         244                          -         - 
 Reclassification of share 
  premium                                -    (1,332)                           -                      1,332         - 
 Total comprehensive gain                -          -                           -                        257       257 
--------------------------  --------------  ---------  --------------------------  -------------------------  -------- 
 At 31 March 2019                      826          -                           -                      1,540     2,366 
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Statement of Cash Flows for the year ended 31 March 2019

                                                                          Year ended      Year ended 
                                                                                       31 March 2018 
                                                                       31 March 2019       *Restated 
                                                                             GBP'000         GBP'000 
 Profit for the year                                                             257             180 
 Unrealised gain on revaluation of portfolio investments                       (174)           (237) 
 Realised gain on disposal of portfolio investments                            (143)            (43) 
 Increase / (decrease) in trade and other payables                                 5             (5) 
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 Net cash outflow from operating activities                                     (55)           (105) 
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 Cash flows from investing activities 
 Purchase of portfolio investments                                             (211)         (1,591) 
 Proceeds from sales of investments                                              529             730 
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 Net cash generated / (used) in investing activities                             318           (861) 
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 Cash flows from financing activities 
 Issue of ordinary share capital                                                   -             983 
 Net cash generated from financing activities                                      -             983 
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 Net increase in cash and cash equivalents                                       263              17 
 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year                                   52              35 
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 Cash and cash equivalents at end of year                                        315              52 
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