Surface Transforms PLC Interim Results

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Surface Transforms PLC

26 February 2019

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26 February 2019

Surface Transforms plc.

("Surface Transforms" or the "Company")

Half-year financial results for the six months ended 30 November 2018

Surface Transforms (AIM:SCE) manufacturers of carbon fibre reinforced ceramic materials, announces its half-year financial results for the six months ended 30 November 2018.

Financial highlights

   --    Revenue decreased 3% to GBP509k (H1-2017: GBP524k) 
   --    Gross profit increased 13% to GBP322k (H1-2017: GBP286k) 
   --    Loss before and after tax increased 15% to GBP1,482k (H1-2017: GBP1,294k) 
   --    Cash at 30 November 2018 was GBP745k (31 May 2018: GBP923k) 
   --    Successful equity placing raising GBP1,466k (net of expenses) in the period 

-- Capital expenditure on property, plant and equipment of GBP156k (H1-2017: GBP684k) mainly related to the installation of OEM Production Cell One

   --    Inventory of GBP1,062k (31 May 2018: GBP855k) 

Sales and Operational Highlights

-- Successful testing for OEM5 with all the key engineering tests completed satisfactorily and also received approved supplier status to OEM5 including confirmation that the Company meets VDA 6.3 (and IATF 16949) standards

   --    Continuing progress on testing for OEM3 

-- Delay of six months to SOP confirmed by OEM6 but no impact on lifetime revenues and discussions started for follow on OEM6 vehicle

-- Capital expenditure on OEM Production Cell One virtually completed with phase one capacity expected to be operational in summer 2019

-- Company secured accreditation to new quality standard IATF 16949 and Environmental standard ISO 14001

-- Post balance sheet date, Company migrated its computer systems to a new enterprise system compatible with the needs of the German automotive OEMs.

Financial Review

Revenue in the period decreased slightly to GBP509k (H1-2017: GBP524k) and the split between retrofit and near OEM was comparable to last year. Sales to OEM6 were due to commence in March 2019 but as previously announced, SOP has been delayed by six months. However, this has no impact on sales in this reporting period.

Gross profit increased to GBP322k (H1-2017: GBP286k) and gross profit margin was 63% (H1-2017: 55%), the movement resulting from cost reduction activities beginning to have an effect at the new plant.

Administrative expenses increased to GBP730k (H1-2017: GBP547k) primarily due to higher insurance costs, upgrades to the IT infrastructure in the business and increased headcount.

Research expenses increased slightly to GBP1,073k (H1-2017: GBP1,033k) due to continuing focus on delivering final product to target OEM customers. The continued high spend was primarily due to increased cost of engineers and extensive external testing together with material costs to deliver these programmes.

Cash at the end of the half-year was GBP745k (31 May 2018: GBP923k). In the period the Company successfully placed 9 million shares at 17 pence each in an oversubscribed placing raising net proceeds of GBP1,461k.

Loss per share was 1.22p (H1-2017: 1.17p).

Progress with potential OEM Customers

The Company continues to test products with customers as described in recent announcements

OEM5: Further progress has been made with German OEM5 during the period. The customer has advised that they intend to select the disc supplier for the target car in the spring.

As previously notified, the customer is approving the Company's disc with both a slightly modified "traditional" pad as well as a more environmentally friendly pad. This has slightly delayed testing; nonetheless the tests have gone well, with the products comfortably passing all the key criteria on the critical tests. However because the pad-disc configuration is now different from the original testing some regulatory tests need to be repeated in February and March 2019; the Board is not concerned about the time implications on the overall project of these relatively minor repeat tests.

Additionally OEM5 has reviewed the Company's quality processes, logistics capability, financial strength and capacity plan and has approved Surface Transforms as a potential supplier to them. The Company has been informed, "... it is now officially possible for (OEM5) to place orders under the condition that the development department is happy with the required performance of ST discs". As part of this process their quality team completed an onsite brief review of the Company's compliance with VDA 6.3 (and IATF 16949) and confirmed compliance.

The Company has broadly agreed initial pricing and is in the process of agreeing commercial terms.

OEM3: Work on passing the OEM3 rig test continues with good progress having been made in the period on understanding the reason for process variability and reducing the variability in subsequent tests. Whilst results have improved, the Company is not yet consistently meeting the performance criteria of OEM3. However, this work is expected to complete in the next few months, consistent with the next round of nomination dates.

OEM6: As signalled in the trading update on 4 December 2018 there is a delay (now confirmed) of six months to the SOP of the car originally scheduled for SOP in June 2019 - which implied SOP in March 2019 for Surface Transforms. The delay has nothing to do with any brake system parts. Discussions are continuing on both the precise new SOP date and amelioration of the cost of this delay to the Company. In the meantime, the Board is not changing the previous advice provided regarding the risk to current year sales of GBP500k but with no impact on lifetime revenues from the project itself.

The Company has also begun discussions with this customer on the next car model that is expected to have significantly higher volumes than the current model. Unsurprisingly (as it involves the same customer personnel) the delays on the current model are slowing discussions on the new model; nonetheless the customer has told us of their wish to keep the "blood line" between the two cars, a statement the Board believes to be promising for ultimate selection.

Aerospace: The Company is still awaiting the outcome of discussions between the landing gear manufacturer, airframe builder and the US DOD on its request for pre funding before undertaking any further work on this project.

Knowsley facility

OEM Production Cell One: Capital expenditure on OEM Production Cell One is virtually complete. The final furnace for this cell has successfully completed a number of production runs at the supplier's premises but as a further risk mitigation exercise the decision has been made to complete the manufacture of the OEM6 production parts in Germany and then ship the furnace in Q2 of the calendar year. This would then give the Company time to successfully commission the new furnace before the production is required from this furnace for the next series of new programmes.

The other furnaces are either in production or finalising software installation. The Company continues to expect OEM Production Cell One to be operational in summer 2019.

Environmental awards and permits: The Company was awarded the environmental standard ISO 14001 in November 2018. The Company is concluding its discussions with the Environmental Agency on securing all the necessary permits for full capacity volume production of OEM Production Cell One.

VDA 6.3 and IATF 16943: As previously notified, conformance with the stand-alone German VDA certification has always been a pre requisite to supply to the German automotive industry. Historically, Surface Transforms conformed with TS 16949, which many German OEMs considered to be less demanding than the German developed VDA 6.3. TS 16949 has been superseded by the new International Automotive Task Force (IATF) quality standard 16949, which German OEMs now see as equivalent to VDA 6.3. Surface Transforms secured accreditation to this standard in July 2018. This does not remove the need for on-going customer quality audits but they are much more "light touch" looking for evidence of continuing conformance with the standards. The first of these audits was conducted by OEM5 in the period and was completed to their satisfaction.

Computer Systems: German OEMs require their suppliers to have computer compatibility with their computer systems; in practice this has meant the Company migrating to the SAP computer system. After extensive work this transition took place, post balance sheet date, in December 2018. There were some inevitable disruptions in December and January but the factory and internal processes are now running smoothly again.

Outlook

The Company signalled a change in the outlook for the current financial year in a trading update on 4 December, reflecting a concern on the SOP date for OEM6. This slippage has now been confirmed as being six months, in line with the concerns expressed at that time. There are no further changes to expectations for the current year.

The outlook for the next financial year ending 31 May 2020 is unchanged in respect of automotive sales but the on-going lack of clarity on the potential aerospace contract, hazards GBP600k of forecast sales in that year, albeit there is still time to resolve the financial discussions between the key parties.

The Company reaches cash break even when OEM 6 enters production in the financial year 2019-20. Thereafter the outlook is clearly dependent upon winning the expected OEM contracts described above which are scheduled for start of volume production in the 2021 to 2022 calendar years. The Board remains optimistic about being awarded these potential contracts.

Summary

The Company continues its journey from a development company to a mainstream volume automotive supplier with a site capable of revenues of GBP50m per year in a market that could ultimately reach GBP1 billion.

The delay on SOP for OEM6 is frustrating but has no medium-long term impact on the fortunes of the Company and, indeed, the Company continues to expect follow on orders on new models from this customer. Equally importantly, after a number of frustrating years and delays, the past six months has seen particular progress on testing at both OEM5 and OEM3.

The task in the remainder of the financial year is to turn this progress on testing into firm orders. The Board remains confident of delivering this objective.

In respect to operations, the improvement in gross margin percentage demonstrates the impact of the investment and cost reduction programme over recent years. The new, cost competitive, first commercial cell of the factory will be operational mid year - consistent with the capacity needs of target customer programmes. Additionally the Board is now confident that that the factory has the quality systems, computer infrastructure and internal processes required to be successful as a mainstream automotive supplier.

Finally may I conclude by recording the Board's appreciation of the outstanding contribution by all members of staff. Thank You!

David Bundred

Chairman

For enquiries, please contact:

Surface Transforms plc.

   Kevin Johnson, CEO                                                              +44 151 356 2141 

Michael Cunningham CFO

David Bundred, Chairman

   Cantor Fitzgerald Europe (Nomad & Joint-Broker)    +44 20 7894 7000 

David Foreman / Richard Salmon/ Michael Boot (Corporate Finance)

Caspar Shand-Kydd/ Gregor Paterson / Maisie Atkinson (Sales)

   finnCap Ltd (Joint-Broker)                                                     +44 20 7220 0500 

Ed Frisby / Giles Rolls (Corporate Finance)

Richard Chambers (ECM)

For further Company details, visit www.surfacetransforms.com

Statement of Total Comprehensive Income

For the six months ended 30 November 2018

 
                                    Six Months                        Six Months 
                                       Ended                             Ended                          Year Ended 
                   Note             30 Nov 2018                       30 Nov 2017                       31 May 2018 
                                      GBP'000                           GBP'000                           GBP'000 
----------------  -----  --------------------------------  --------------------------------  -------------------------------- 
                                     Unaudited                         Unaudited                          Audited 
----------------  -----  --------------------------------  --------------------------------  -------------------------------- 
 Revenue                                              509                               524                             1,363 
 Cost of Sales                                      (187)                             (238)                             (445) 
----------------  -----  --------------------------------  --------------------------------  -------------------------------- 
 Gross Profit                                         322                               286                               918 
 
 Administrative 
 Expenses: 
 Before research 
  and 
  development 
  costs                                             (730)                             (547)                           (1,083) 
 Research and 
  development 
  costs                                           (1,073)                           (1,033)                           (2,002) 
----------------  -----  --------------------------------  --------------------------------  -------------------------------- 
 Total 
  administrative 
  expenses                                        (1,803)                           (1,580)                           (3,085) 
----------------  -----  --------------------------------  --------------------------------  -------------------------------- 
 Other operating 
 income                                                 -                                 -                                 - 
----------------  -----  --------------------------------  --------------------------------  -------------------------------- 
 Operating loss 
  before 
  exceptional 
  items                                           (1,480)                           (1,294)                           (2,167) 
 
 Exceptional 
  items                                               (3)                                 -                             (133) 
 
 Financial 
  income                                                1                                 -                                 1 
 Financial 
 expenses                                               -                                 -                                 - 
----------------  -----  --------------------------------  --------------------------------  -------------------------------- 
 Loss before tax                                  (1,482)                           (1,294)                           (2,299) 
 Taxation             2                                 -                                 -                               465 
----------------  -----  --------------------------------  --------------------------------  -------------------------------- 
 Loss for the 
  year after tax                                  (1,482)                           (1,294)                           (1,834) 
 Other 
 comprehensive 
 income                                                 -                                 -                                 - 
----------------  -----  --------------------------------  --------------------------------  -------------------------------- 
 Total 
  comprehensive 
  loss for the 
  year 
  attributable 
  to members                                      (1,482)                           (1,294)                           (1,834) 
----------------  -----  --------------------------------  --------------------------------  -------------------------------- 
 
 Loss per 
 ordinary share 
 Basic and 
  diluted             3                           (1.22)p                           (1.17)p                           (1.66)p 
----------------  -----  --------------------------------  --------------------------------  -------------------------------- 
 EBITDA 
  (including tax 
  credits 
  and excluding 
  share-based 
  payments*)                                      (1,244)                           (1,107)                           (1,514) 
----------------  -----  --------------------------------  --------------------------------  -------------------------------- 
 

* EBITDA numbers, including that for the year ended 31 May 2018, are unaudited

Statement of Financial Position

As at 30 November 2018

 
                                        Six Months    Six Months 
                                           Ended         Ended      Year Ended 
                                        30 Nov 2018   30 Nov 2017   31 May 2018 
                                          GBP'000       GBP'000       GBP'000 
-------------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
                                         Unaudited     Unaudited      Audited 
-------------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
 Non-current Assets 
 Property, plant and equipment                4,069         2,962         4,096 
 Intangibles                                    218           136           192 
-------------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
                                              4,286         3,098         4,288 
 Current assets 
 Inventories                                  1,062           735           855 
 Trade and other receivables                    619           510           776 
 Cash and cash equivalents                      745         3,275           923 
-------------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
                                              2,425         4,520         2,554 
-------------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
 Total assets                                 6,711         7,618         6,842 
 
 Current liabilities 
 Other interest bearing loans 
  and borrowings                               (65)           (2)          (29) 
 Trade and other payables                     (478)       (1,024)         (790) 
-------------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
                                              (543)       (1,026)         (819) 
 Non-current liabilities 
 Government Grants                            (200)         (196)         (200) 
 Other interest bearing loans 
  and borrowings                              (357)         (294)         (275) 
-------------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
 Total liabilities                          (1,100)       (1,516)       (1,294) 
-------------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
 Net assets                                   5,611         6,102         5,548 
-------------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
 
 Equity 
 Share capital                                1,230         1,140         1,140 
 Share premium                               18,972        17,592        17,596 
 Capital reserve                                464           464           464 
 Retained loss                             (15,055)      (13,094)      (13,652) 
-------------------------------------                ------------  ------------ 
 Total equity attributable to 
  equity shareholders of the company          5,611         6,102         5,548 
-------------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
 

Statement of Cash Flow

For the six months to 30 November 2018

 
                                        Six Months                        Six Months 
                                           Ended                             Ended                     Year Ended 
                                        30 Nov 2018                       30 Nov 2017                 31 May 2018 
                                          GBP'000                           GBP'000                     GBP'000 
---------------------------  --------------------------------  --------------------------------  --------------------- 
                                         Unaudited                         Unaudited                    Audited 
---------------------------  --------------------------------  --------------------------------  --------------------- 
 Cash flow from operating 
 activities 
 Loss after tax for the 
  year                                                (1,482)                           (1,294)                (1,834) 
 
 Adjusted for: 
 Depreciation and 
  amortisation charge                                     158                               137                    287 
 Equity settled share-based 
  payment 
  expenses                                                 80                                51                     33 
 Financial expense/(income)                                 1                                 -                    (1) 
 Taxation                                                   -                                 -                  (465) 
---------------------------  --------------------------------  --------------------------------  --------------------- 
                                                      (1,244)                           (1,106)                (1,980) 
 Changes in working capital 
 Increase in inventories                                (206)                             (228)                  (348) 
 Decrease/(increase) in 
  trade and 
  other receivables                                       157                             (145)                  (411) 
 (Decrease)/increase in 
  trade and 
  other payables                                        (252)                               339                    106 
---------------------------  --------------------------------  --------------------------------  --------------------- 
                                                      (1,544)                           (1,140)                (2,633) 
 Taxation received                                          -                                 -                    465 
---------------------------  --------------------------------  --------------------------------  --------------------- 
 Net cash used in operating 
  activities                                          (1,544)                           (1,140)                (2,168) 
---------------------------  --------------------------------  --------------------------------  --------------------- 
 
 Cash flows from investing 
 activities 
 Acquisition of tangible 
  and intangible 
  assets                                                (156)                             (684)                (2,024) 
 Capital Government grants 
 received                                                   -                                55                      - 
 Net cash used in investing 
  activities                                            (156)                             (629)                (2,024) 
---------------------------  --------------------------------  --------------------------------  --------------------- 
 
 Cash flows from financing 
 activities 
 Proceeds from issue of 
  share capital, 
  net of expenses                                       1,466                             3,439                  3,443 
 Payment of finance lease 
  liabilities                                             (5)                              (10)                    (8) 
 Proceeds from other loans                                 62                                83                    148 
 Net cash generated from 
  financing 
  activities                                            1,523                             3,512                  3,583 
---------------------------  --------------------------------  --------------------------------  --------------------- 
 Net (decrease)/increase in 
  cash 
  and cash equivalents                                  (178)                             1,743                  (609) 
 Cash and cash equivalents 
  at the 
  beginning of the period                                 923                             1,532                  1,532 
---------------------------  --------------------------------  --------------------------------  --------------------- 
 Cash and cash equivalents 
  at the 
  end of the period                                       745                             3,275                    923 
---------------------------  --------------------------------  --------------------------------  --------------------- 
 

Statement of Changes in Equity

For the six months to 30 November 2018

 
                                                                Share 
                                            Share              premium             Capital        Retained 
                                           capital             account             reserve          loss      Total 
                                           GBP'000             GBP'000             GBP'000        GBP'000    GBP'000 
-----------------------------------  ------------------  ------------------  ------------------  ---------  -------- 
 Balance as at 31 May 2018                        1,140              17,596                 464   (13,652)     5,548 
 Comprehensive income for the 
  year 
 Loss for the year                                    -                   -                   -    (1,482)   (1,482) 
-----------------------------------  ------------------  ------------------  ------------------  ---------  -------- 
 Total comprehensive income 
  for the year                                        -                   -                   -    (1,482)   (1,482) 
-----------------------------------  ------------------  ------------------  ------------------  ---------  -------- 
 Transactions with owners, 
  recorded directly to equity 
 Shares issued in the year                           90               1,445                   -          -     1,535 
 Cost of issue off to share 
  premium                                             -                (69)                   -          -      (69) 
 Equity settled share based 
  payment transactions                                -                   -                   -         79        79 
-----------------------------------  ------------------  ------------------  ------------------  ---------  -------- 
 Total contributions by and 
  distributions to the owners                        90               1,376                   -         79     1,545 
-----------------------------------  ------------------  ------------------  ------------------  ---------  -------- 
 Balance at 30 November 2018                      1,230              18,972                 464   (15,055)     5,611 
-----------------------------------  ------------------  ------------------  ------------------  ---------  -------- 
 
 For the six months to 30 November 
  2017 
                                                                Share 
                                            Share              premium             Capital        Retained 
                                           capital             account             reserve          loss      Total 
                                           GBP'000             GBP'000             GBP'000        GBP'000    GBP'000 
-----------------------------------  ------------------  ------------------  ------------------  ---------  -------- 
 Balance as at 31 May 2017                          903              14,390                 464   (11,851)     3,906 
 Comprehensive income for the 
  year 
 Loss for the year                                    -                   -                   -    (1,294)   (1,294) 
-----------------------------------  ------------------  ------------------  ------------------  ---------  -------- 
 Total comprehensive income 
  for the year                                        -                   -                   -    (1,294)   (1,294) 
-----------------------------------  ------------------  ------------------  ------------------  ---------  -------- 
 Transactions with owners, 
  recorded directly to equity 
 Shares issued in the year                          237               3,677                   -          -     3,914 
 Cost of issue off to share 
  premium                                             -               (475)                   -          -     (475) 
 Equity settled share based 
  payment transactions                                -                   -                   -         51        51 
-----------------------------------  ------------------  ------------------  ------------------  ---------  -------- 
 Total contributions by and 
  distributions to the owners                       237               3,202                   -         51     3,490 
-----------------------------------  ------------------  ------------------  ------------------  ---------  -------- 
 Balance at 30 November 2017                      1,140              17,592                 464   (13,094)     6,102 
-----------------------------------  ------------------  ------------------  ------------------  ---------  -------- 
 
 For the year to 31 May 2018 
                                                                Share 
                                            Share              premium             Capital        Retained 
                                           capital             account             reserve          loss      Total 
                                           GBP'000             GBP'000             GBP'000        GBP'000    GBP'000 
-----------------------------------  ------------------  ------------------  ------------------  ---------  -------- 
 Balance as at 31 May 2017                          903              14,390                 464   (11,851)     3,906 
 Comprehensive income for the 
  year 
 Loss for the year                                    -                   -                   -    (1,834)   (1,834) 
-----------------------------------  ------------------  ------------------  ------------------  ---------  -------- 
 Total comprehensive income 
  for the year                                        -                   -                   -    (1,834)   (1,834) 
-----------------------------------  ------------------  ------------------  ------------------  ---------  -------- 
 Transactions with owners, 
  recorded directly to equity 
 Shares issued in the year                          237               3,681                   -          -     3,918 
 Cost of issue off to share 
  premium                                             -               (475)                   -          -     (475) 
 Equity settled share based 
  payment transactions                                -                   -                   -         33        33 
-----------------------------------  ------------------  ------------------  ------------------  ---------  -------- 
 Total contributions by and 
  distributions to the owners                       237               3,206                   -         33     3,476 
-----------------------------------  ------------------  ------------------  ------------------  ---------  -------- 
 Balance at 31 May 2018                           1,140              17,596                 464   (13,652)     5,548 
-----------------------------------  ------------------  ------------------  ------------------  ---------  -------- 
 

SURFACE TRANSFORMS PLC

NOTES

   1.            Accounting policies 

The interim financial statements are the responsibility of the Directors and were authorised and approved by the Board of Directors for issuance on 26 February 2019.

Basis of preparation

The Company is a public limited liability Group incorporated and domiciled in England & Wales. The financial information is presented in Pounds Sterling (GBP) which is also the functional currency. The Company's accounting reference date is 31 May.

These interim condensed financial statements are for the six months to 30 November 2018. They have not been prepared in accordance with IAS 34, Interim Financial Reporting that is not mandatory for UK AIM listed companies, in the preparation of this half-yearly financial report. While the financial information included has been prepared in accordance with the recognition and measurement criteria of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), as adopted by the European Union (EU), these interim results do not contain sufficient information to comply with IFRS.

These interim results for the period ended 30 November 2018, which are not audited; do not comprise statutory accounts within the meaning of section 435 of the Companies Act 2006.

Full audited accounts of the Company in respect of the year ended 31 May 2018, which received an unqualified audit opinion and did not contain a statement under section 498(2) or (3) (accounting record or returns inadequate, accounts not agreeing with records and returns or failure to obtain necessary information and explanations) of the Companies Act 2006 and have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies.

The accounting policies used in the preparation of the financial information for the six months ended 30 November 2018 are in accordance with the recognition and measurement criteria of IFRS as adopted by the EU and are consistent with those which will be adopted in the annual statutory financial statements for the year ending 31 May 2019.

Segmental reporting

IFRS 8 "Operating Segments" requires that the segments should be reported on the same basis as the internal reporting information that is provided to, and regularly reviewed by, the chief operating decision-maker, whom the Group has identified as the CEO.

The Board has reviewed the requirements of IFRS 8, including consideration of what results and information the CEO reviews regularly to assess performance and allocate resources, and concluded that all revenue falls under a single business segment.

The Directors consider that the Group does not have separate divisional segments as defined under IFRS 8. The CEO assesses the commercial performance of the business based upon consolidated revenues; margins and operating costs and assets are reviewed at a consolidated level.

Estimates

The preparation of half-yearly financial statements requires management to make judgments, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of accounting policies and the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, income and expense. Actual results may differ from these estimates. In preparing these condensed consolidated half-yearly financial statements, the significant judgments made by management in applying the Group's accounting policies and the key sources of estimation uncertainty which will be adopted in the annual statutory financial statements for the year ending 31 May

Seasonality of operations

The Company expects to continue the historic norm of unequal split of sales between the two halves of the year with higher sales in the second half of the year.

Going concern

The financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis that the Directors believe to be appropriate. Whilst the Group incurred a net loss of GBP1,482k during the period, the Directors are satisfied that sufficient cash is available to meet the Company's liabilities as and when they fall due for at least 12 months from the date of signing the half yearly report.

   2.            Taxation 

Analysis of credit in the period

 
                                Six months      Six months   Year ended 
                                     ended           ended        ended 
                                    30-Nov          30-Nov       31-May 
                                      2018            2017         2018 
                                   GBP'000         GBP'000      GBP'000 
                               (unaudited)     (unaudited)    (audited) 
 
 UK Corporation tax 
 
 Current tax on income                   -               -            - 
  for the period 
 
 Research and development 
  tax repayment                          -               -          465 
 
              -                                          -          465 
 --------------  -----------------------------------------  ----------- 
 
 

The effective rate of tax for the period/year is lower than the standard rate of corporation tax in the UK of 20 per cent, principally due to losses incurred by the Company.

The potential deferred tax asset relating to losses has not been recognised in the financial statements because it is not possible to assess whether there will be suitable taxable profits from which the future reversal of the underlying timing differences can be deducted.

   3.            Loss per share 
 
                        Six months     Six months         Year 
                             ended          ended        ended 
                            30-Nov         30-Nov       31-May 
                              2018           2017         2018 
                       (unaudited)    (unaudited)    (audited) 
                             Pence          Pence        Pence 
 Loss per share: 
 Basic and diluted          (1.22)         (1.17)       (1.66) 
                     -------------  -------------  ----------- 
 

Loss per ordinary share is based on the Company's loss for the financial period of GBP1,482k (30 November 2017: GBP1,294k loss; 31 May 2018: GBP1,834k loss). The weighted average number of shares used in the basic calculation is 121,461,646 (31 May 2018: 110,280,735; 30 November 2017: 110,071,506).

The calculation of diluted loss per ordinary share is identical to that used for the basic loss per ordinary share. This is because the exercise of share options would have the effect of reducing the loss per ordinary share and is therefore not dilutive under the terms of International Accounting Standard 33 "Earnings per share".

   4.            Segment reporting 

Due to the startup nature of the business, the Company is currently focused on building revenue streams from a variety of different markets. As there is only one manufacturing facility, and as this has capacity above and beyond the current levels of trade, there is no requirement to allocate resources to or discriminate between specific markets or products. As a result, the Company's chief operating decision maker, the Chief Executive, reviews performance information for the Company as a whole and does not allocate resources based on products or markets. In addition, all products manufactured by the Company are produced using similar processes. Having considered this information in conjunction with the requirements of IFRS 8, as at the reporting date the Board of Directors has concluded that the Company has only one reportable segment that being the manufacture and sale of carbon fibre materials and the development of technologies associated with this.

The Company considers it offers product technology namely carbon fibre re-enforced ceramic material which is machined into different shapes depending on the intended purpose of the end user.

Revenue by geographical destination is analysed as follows:

 
                             Six months ended   Six months ended 
                                  30 Nov 2018        30 Nov 2017                Year ended 
                                  (unaudited)        (unaudited)     31 May 2018 (audited) 
                                      GBP'000            GBP'000                   GBP'000 
 
 United Kingdom                           111                132                       504 
 Rest of Europe                           178                113                       294 
 United States of America                 208                175                       529 
 Rest of World                             12                104                        36 
                            -----------------  -----------------  ------------------------ 
                                          509                524                     1,363 
                            -----------------  -----------------  ------------------------ 
 

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