RNS Number : 2269C
Cambria Africa PLC
11 April 2017
 

    Cambria Africa Plc

("Cambria", the "Company" or the "Group")

 

Interim Results

 

Cambria Africa PLC (AIM:CMB) ("Cambria" or the "Company") is pleased to announce its six months results for the period ended 28 February 2017 ("the Period").  A copy of this announcement is available on the Company's website (www.cambriaafrica.com).

 

·      EBITDA up $510,000

·      Largest Subsidiary PAT up 126%

 

Results Highlights for the Period:

 

6 Months ended 28 February 2017 (US$'000)

2017

2016

Change





- Consolidated EBITDA

545

35

1457%

- Consolidated EBITDA - excluding legal expenses

947

488

94%

- Operating cashflow excluding litigation windfall

550

66

733%

- Central costs - excluding legal expenses

118

134

(12%)

- Payserv - Profit after Tax (PAT)

807

357

126%

- Payserv - EBITDA

1,203

775

55%

- Millchem - EBITDA

(138)

(153)

10%

- Group Profit/(loss)

(43)

(596)

93%

- Group Profit/(loss) - excluding legal costs

359

(143)

351%





For the Period, compared to the same period in 2016,

·      Consolidated EBITDA increased approximately fifteen-fold to $545,000 from $35,000.

 

·      Excluding legal costs, consolidated EBITDA increased 94% to $947,000 from $488,000.

 

·      Excluding the $3.4 million settlement received from Lonrho in 2016, cash flow from operations increased by over sevenfold (733%) to $550,000 from $66,000.

 

·      Central costs were reduced by a further 11% to $520,000 from $587,000 and by 70% from $1.72 million for the same period in 2015.

 

·      Central costs, excluding legal expenses of $402,000 (2016: $453,000), decreased by 12% to $118,000 from $134,000.  Central costs excluding legal expenses are down 90% from $1.23 million for the same period in 2015.

 

·      Cambria more than halved consolidated borrowings to $3.5 million from $7.8 million.

 

·      Payserv Africa, Cambria's largest subsidiary by revenue and profit, more than doubled profit after tax ("PAT") by 126% to $807,000 from $357,000.  Revenues increased 23% to $3.17 million from $2.58 million.

 

·      Payserv Africa's Consolidated EBITDA increased 55% to $1.2 million from $775,000.

 

·      Millchem pared its EBITDA loss by 10% to $138,000 from $152,000.

 

·      Excluding legal expenses of $402,000 (2016: $453,000), Cambria increased its consolidated profit by $502,000 to a profit of $359,000 from a loss of $143,000.

 

·      Including legal expenses, Cambria nearly achieved breakeven, erasing its consolidated loss by 93% to $43,000 from a loss of $596,000.

Other Key Events:

In addition to the improved financial results, other notable events for the Period include:

 

·      Open Offer: Open Offer to Cambria shareholders closed on 15 February 2017 raising £159,186.06 through applications for 15,918,606 New Ordinary Shares. The Open Offer was priced at 1p per share, enabling Cambria shareholders the opportunity to match the terms of VAL's Loan Conversion (discussed below).

 

·      VAL Loan Conversion: The conversion of £1.25 million of VAL's loan at 1p per share into 125 million Cambria ordinary shares has been fully implemented. The VAL Loan Conversion increased net equity by $1.55 million and equity per share by 0.44 US cents per share (0.35 UK pence). Based on current borrowing levels compared to a year ago, annual interest costs will reduce by $400,000 or 53% from $760,000 to $360,000. The VAL Loan Conversion will contribute $120,000 of this annual saving.

 

·      Increased Net Equity: Following the VAL Loan Conversion, Cambria's net equity per share has risen to approximately 0.30 U.S. cents.  The Directors believe the balance sheet significantly underestimates the true value of Cambria's net equity:  At 0.20 cents per share on the balance sheet, Payserv's original investment value is less than one-third of its 12-month trailing EBITDA of 0.62 cents per share.

 

·      New Loan Facility: A $1.2 million loan facility was established by Paynet Zimbabwe (Pvt) Limited with Central Africa Building Society (CABS) of which $1.1 million has been accessed to date.

 

·      $1.8 million Counterclaim against Consilium and Security for Costs: In respect of Cambria's $1.8 million counterclaim against Consilium in the English courts, the Company has lodged security for costs of £380,000 and paid a related costs order of £30,000.

 

Changes to the Board

 

The Company's Board of Directors remains unchanged.

 

About Cambria Africa Plc

 

Cambria Africa Plc, quoted on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange, is a long-term, active investment company, investing primarily in Zimbabwe.



 

 

Contacts




Cambria Africa Plc

www.cambriaafrica.com

Samir Shasha

+44 (0) 207 669 0115



WH Ireland Limited

www.wh-ireland.co.uk

James Joyce / Nick Prowting

+44 (0) 20 7220 1666



 

 

Chief Executive's Review

 

Introduction

 

Following our FY 2016 results published on 27 January 2017, I am pleased to report continued and significant improvement in our profitability and financial position for the six months ended 28 February 2017 ("the Period").   

 

Compared to the same period in 2016,

·      Cambria's consolidated EBITDA increased by approximately fifteen-fold to $545,000 from $35,000.

 

·      Excluding legal costs, principally in relation to the dispute with Consilium, consolidated EBITDA almost doubled, increasing 94% to $947,000 from $488,000.

 

·      Excluding the $3.4 million Lonrho settlement windfall in 2016, operating cash flow increased over seven-fold by 733% to $550,000 from $66,000.

 

·      Central costs were further reduced by 11% to $520,000 from $587,000 and by 70% from $1.72 million for the same period in 2015.

 

·      Central costs, excluding legal expenses of $402,000 (2016: $453,000), decreased by 12% to $118,000 from $134,000, Central costs excluding legal expenses are down 90% from the $1.23 million for the same period in 2015. 

 

The repayment of $5 million to Consilium and $2 million to Nurture towards the end of the 2016 financial year removed a significant financial burden from the Company.  Almost $4 million of this repayment came from Cambria's internal resources.  The balance was refinanced deploying a VAL Loan of $1.78 million and a revolving VAL Bridging Facility of $1.45 million. The VAL Bridging Facility has been reduced by 40% to $850,000 by accessing a $1.2 million credit line granted to Paynet Zimbabwe by CABS Zimbabwe.

 

During the Period, the conversion of $1.55 million of VAL Loans into 125 million Cambria ordinary shares at 1p per share further strengthened the balance sheet and improved net equity per share. Shareholders were given the right to match this investment and avoid dilution through an Open Offer which closed on 15 February 2017.  As the ultimate beneficial owner of VAL, these loans and the conversion are a strong expression of my confidence in the future of Cambria.

 

Following the VAL Loan Conversion, borrowings have been cut by more than half to $3.5 million from $7.8 million as of 29 February 2016.  The reduced borrowings will result in an annual interest saving of $400,000.  

 

Cambria is positioned for profitability based on the unique positioning of Payserv in Zimbabwe combined with the sharp cuts in central and operating costs.

 

Legal Expenses

 

The Board believes that adjusting for legal fees associated with the Consilium dispute will provide shareholders a more accurate reflection of the Group's operating performance and improved cash generation going forward.  The current state of the litigation to which these expenses relate, is discussed under "Consilium Dispute" below.

 



 

Operating results for the Period

 

Consolidated results

 

Excluding legal expenses, the Company achieved a consolidated PAT of $359,000 for the six months ended 28 February 2017.  Including legal expenses of $402,000, Cambria achieved near breakeven, reducing its consolidated loss by 93% to $43,000 from a loss of $596,000.

 

Cambria achieved a nearly fifteen-fold increase in consolidated EBITDA from $35,000 to $545,000 in the same period in 2016.  Excluding legal costs, consolidated EBITDA almost doubled, increasing 94% to $947,000 from $488,000 in 2016.

 

In addition to the significant savings reported in our FY 2016 results, central costs were reduced by a further 11% to $520,000 from $587,000 in 2016. Excluding legal costs of $402,000, central overheads decreased 12% to $118,000 from $134,000 in 2016. Central costs excluding legal fees are now down 90% from the $1.23 million for the same period in 2015.

 

As the CEO of Cambria, I have neither collected compensation nor benefits and will not do so until the cash flow from the Company's underlying investments supports it. Similarly, since their appointment, my fellow directors have served the company without compensation or benefits.

 

Operating Division Results 

 

Payserv's consolidated EBITDA increased by 55% for the six months ended 28 February 2017 to $1.2 million from $775,000 compared to the same period in 2016.  Profit before Tax (PBT) increased by 86.9% to $1.1 million from $588,000 and consolidated PAT increased by 126% to $807,000 from $357,000 in 2016.  This was achieved on the back of a 23% increase in revenues to $3.17 million from $2.58 million.

 

6 Months ended 28 February 2017 (US$ '000)

 2017

2016

Change

Revenues

3,167

2,580

22.6%

Gross profit

2,959

2,459

20.3%

Gross margin

93%

95%

(2.1%)

Overheads

(1,756)

(1,684)

4.2%

EBITDA

1,203

775

55.2%

Profit before interest and tax

1,138

732

55.5%

Interest

(39)

(144)

(72.3%)

Profit before tax ("PBT")

1,099

588

86.9%

Profit after tax ("PAT")

807

357

126%

PAT (excluding minority interests)

696

230

202.6%

 

 

Paynet's EDI volumes for the period under review were up 43% while Tradanet loan volumes were down 31%. The significant increase in EDI volumes is attributable to an increase in electronic payments as a result of the cash shortages in Zimbabwe and multiple salary payments during the same month by employers. Tradanet loan volumes processed fell as a result of a temporary discontinuation by CABS of the credit partner loan program. This program was reinstated in February 2017 and volumes should recover by August 2017.

 

Although the current record increases in EDI volumes may subside in future if liquidity returns, Paynet's management expects new products and normalisation of Tradanet loan volumes to mitigate any such reduction.  Management also believes there has been a permanent shift in purchasing and borrowing behaviour which favours Payserv.

 



 

It is expected that Payserv will be able to capitalise on several growth opportunities in the ensuing reporting periods that include:

 

-       Increasing Tradanet revenues through direct origination on behalf of Central African Banking Society (CABS) Zimbabwe's largest building society - Tradanet has an exclusive relationship with CABS to process its payroll deduction portfolio.

-       Selling additional insurance products to borrowers through Tradanet.

-       Entering into the microfinance market to lend at high margins - risk-mitigated by access to payroll deduction.

-       Applying Payeserv's technology platform to Zimbabwe's consumer market where it has an insignificant market share compared to its 95% plus share of the corporate and interbank payments market.

-       Acquiring a money-transfer license and introduction of innovative money-transfer facilities through its technology platform.

 

Millchem's EBITDA loss was reduced by 9.8% to a loss of $138,000 from an EBITDA loss of $153,000 for the same period last year, while its loss before tax improved by 10% to a loss of $152,000 from a loss of $169,000.  Revenues decreased by 17% to $1.37 million from $1.65 million due to challenges in obtaining exchangeable funds for imports to Zimbabwe. Stock shortages have become increasingly prevalent as Millchem awaits payment for imports by its banks.  Management has focused on strict overhead controls and staff reductions with the objective of achieving breakeven as soon as possible. It is expected that Millchem will pursue a number of strategic partnerships within Zimbabwe to mitigate the scarcity of currency allocation for raw material imports.

 

6 Months ended 28 February 2017 (US$ '000)

2017

2016

Change

Revenues

1,372

1,654

(17%)

Gross profit

220

291

(24.4%)

Gross margin

16.0%

17.6%

(8.9%)

SG&A

(358)

(444)

(19.4%)

EBITDA

(138)

(153)

9.8%

Profit before tax

(152)

(169)

10.1%

 

Divisional Reviews

 

Central Costs

 

For the period under review, Cambria's central costs decreased by 11% to $520,000 from $587,000 in 2016.  Excluding legal costs of $402,000, central overheads decreased by 12% to $118,000 from $134,000.

 

Payserv Africa

 

Payserv provides EDI switching services (Paynet), 'payslip' processing (Autopay), and payroll based microfinance loan processing (Tradanet).

 

Paynet provides Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) services to all the banks and building societies in Zimbabwe, as well as to over 1,500 corporate clients. Paynet Zimbabwe processed 13.2 million transactions (2016: 9.2 million) during the period under review, a 43% increase.  Electronic transfers have become a preferred payment method in Zimbabwe as a result of the local cash shortages.

 

Autopay provides payroll services to approximately 150 customers and processed approximately 172,000 pay slips (2016: 167,000) during the period under review, an increase of 3%.  The increase has been achieved despite the general downsizing of payroll sizes in Zimbabwe and a reduction in employment levels.

 

Tradanet processed approximately 31,000 (2016: 45,000) loans during the period, representing a value of $56.2 million (2016: $81.4 million), a decrease of 31%. At the end of the period the loan book under management stood at $116.5 million (2016: $131.4 million), a decrease of 11%.

 

Payserv Zambia During the Period under review, Payserv continued to invest in its entry into the Zambian market which generated an EBITDA loss of $117,000, a 27% increase compared to $92,000 for the same period last year. This investment has not been capitalised and has therefore directly impacted the income statement during the year under review.

 

From 2012 to date, the investment in Payserv Zambia has been $950,000. The Board has reviewed this investment and concluded that if the company cannot operate profitably, it will withdraw further financial support. Consequently, despite pending albeit prolonged customer commitments, Paynet Zimbabwe stopped subsidizing the Zambian operation as from, January 2017 and will only resume such subsidy in the event of imminent profitability.  A discontinuation of this operation will positively impact Payserv's profitability given that the associated costs of the Zambian investment were expensed and not capitalized.

 

Millchem Zimbabwe

 

Millchem is a value-added chemicals distributor in Zimbabwe.   The decrease in Millchem's revenue was caused by challenges in obtaining exchangeable funds for imports to Zimbabwe. Despite these challenges, Millchem's EBITDA loss improved by 10% as a result of strict overhead controls with the objective of achieving breakeven as soon as possible.

 

 

Consilium Dispute

 

Disclosure phase of the litigation with Consilium has been concluded and witness evidence is due for exchange in early May 2017.  Cambria is defending itself against Consilium's claim of legal expenses and counterclaiming for its legal expenses, seized funds from its bank account, and loss of income. The case is set for hearing in November 2017.

 

Acquisition Strategy

 

The Board will continue its search for appropriate value-creating acquisition opportunities primarily through the use of equity subscriptions.  We believe Zimbabwe provides the best regional opportunity for successful investment and growth in the short- to medium-term.

 

Mr Samir Shasha

Chief Executive Officer

11 April 2017



 

Cambria Africa Plc

 

Interim consolidated income statement

For the six month period ended 28 February 2017

 



Unaudited


Unaudited


Audited



28-Feb-17


29-Feb-16


31-Aug-16



US$'000


USS'000


US$'000








Revenue


4,538


4,234


8,552

Cost of sales


(1,360)


(1,484)


(2,962)

Gross profit


3,178


2,750


5,590

Operating costs


(2,713)


(2,763)


(5,302)

Other income


1


-


-

Profit on disposal and impairment of assets


-


(9)


5

Operating profit/(loss)


466


(22)


293

Finance income


4


7


16

Finance costs


(221)


(350)


(657)

Net finance costs


(217)


(343)


(641)

Profit/(loss) before tax


249


(365)


(348)

Income tax


(292)


(231)


(396)

Loss for the year


(43)


(596)


(744)








Attributable to:







Owners of the company


(154)


(723)


(1,010)

Non-controlling Interests


111


127


266

(Loss)/profit for the year


(43)


(596)


(744)








Earnings/(loss) per share







Basic and diluted (loss)/earnings per share (cents)


(0.1c)


(0.3c)


(0.5c)








Earnings/(loss) per share-continuing operations







Basic and diluted (loss)/earnings per share (cents)


(0.1c)


(0.3c)


(0.5c)

 

 

 


Cambria Africa Plc

 

Interim consolidated statement of comprehensive income

For the six month period ended 28 February 2017

 



Unaudited


Unaudited


Audited



28-Feb-17


29-Feb-16


31-Aug-16



US$'000


USS'000


USS'000








(Loss)/profit for the year


(43)


(596)


(744)

Other comprehensive income







Items that will not be reclassified to income statement:







Foreign currency translation differences for overseas operations


(16)


6


9

Total comprehensive (loss)/profit for the year


(59)


(590)


(735)








Attributable to:







Owners


(170)


(717)


(1,001)

Non-controlling interests


111


127


266

Total comprehensive (loss)/profit for the year


(59)


(590)


(735)

 



 

Cambria Africa Plc

 

Interim consolidated statement of financial position

As at 28 February 2017

 



Unaudited


Unaudited


Audited



Group


Group


Group



28-Feb-17


29-Feb-16


31-Aug-16



US$'000


US$'000


US$'000








Property, plant and equipment


2,691


2,595


2,594

Goodwill


717


717


717

Intangible assets


36


3


39

Total non-current assets


3,444


3,315


3,350

Inventories


315


591


407

Financial assets at fair value through profit and loss


53


39


40

Trade and other receivables


1,695


1,050


1,311

Cash and cash equivalents


1,008


4,232


701

Total current assets


3,071


5,912


2,459

Total assets


6,515


9,227


5,809

Equity







Issued share capital


51


34


34

Share premium account


85,656


83,950


83,950

Revaluation reserve


438


438


438

Share based payment reserve


43


86


43

Foreign exchange reserve


(10,644)


(10,629)


(10,628)

Non-distributable reserves


1,900


1,900


1,900

Retained losses


(76,401)


(76,005)


(76,247)

Equity attributable to owners of the company


1,043


(226)


(510)

Non-controlling interests


(6)


62


(4)

Total equity


1,037


(164)


(514)

Liabilities







Loans and borrowing


2,119


36


2,965

Provisions


212


190


207

Deferred tax liabilities


152


177


152

Total non-current liabilities


2,483


403


3,324

Current tax liabilities


269


231


308

Loans and borrowings


1,409


7,770


1,469

Trade and other payables


1,317


987


1,222

Total current liabilities


2,995


8,988


2,999

Total liabilities


5,478


9,391


6,323

Total equity and liabilities


6,515


9,227


5,809

 

 


Cambria Africa Plc

 

Interim consolidated statement of changes in equity

For the six month period ended 28 February 2017

 

US$'000


Share Capital

Share Premium

Revaluation Reserve

Foreign Exchange Reserve

Share Based Payment Reserve

Retained Earnings

Non-distributable Reserve

Total

Non-controlling Interest

Total

























Balance at 31 August 2016


34

83,950

438

(10,628)

43

(76,247)

1,900

(510)

(4)

(514)

(Loss)/profit for the period


-

-

-

-

-

(154)

-

(154)

111

(43)

Foreign currency translation differences for overseas operations


-

-

-

(16)

-

-

-

(16)

-

(16)

Total comprehensive loss for the year


-

-

-

(16)

(154)

-

(170)

111

(59)

Contributions by/distributions to owners of the Company recognised directly in equity












Issue of ordinary shares


17

1,706

-

-

-

-

-

1,723

-

1,723

Dividends paid


-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(113)

(113)

Total contributions by and distributions to owners of the Company


17

1,706

-

-

-

-

1,723

(113)

1,610

Balance at 28 February 2017


51

85,656

438

(10,644)

43

(76,401)

1,900

1,043

(6)

1,037

 

Interim consolidated statement of changes in equity

For the six month period ended 29 February 2016

 

US$'000


Share Capital

Share Premium

Revaluation Reserve

Foreign Exchange Reserve

Share Based Payment Reserve

Retained Earnings

Non-distributable Reserve

Total

Non-controlling Interest

Total

























Balance at 31 August 2015


34

83,950

438

(10,532)

86

(75,385)

1,900

491

65

556

(Loss)/profit for the period


-

-

-

-

-

(723)

-

(723)

127

(596)

Foreign currency translation differences for overseas operations


-

-

-

6

-

-

-

6

-

6

Total comprehensive loss for the year


-

-

-

6

(723)

-

(717)

127

(590)

Contributions by/distributions to owners of the Company recognised directly in equity












Disposal of entity





(103)

-

103

-

-

-

-

Dividends paid


-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(130)

(130)

Total contributions by and distributions to owners of the Company


-

-

-

(103)

103

-

-

(130)

(130)

Balance at 29 February 2016


34

83,950

438

(10,629)

86

(76,005)

1,900

(226)

62

(164)

 


Cambria Africa Plc

 

Interim consolidated statement of cash flows

For the six month period ended 28 February 2017

 



Unaudited


Unaudited


Audited



28-Feb-17


29-Feb-16


31-Aug-16



USS'000


USS'000


USS'000








Operating cash flow before movements in working capital


550


66


457

Net working capital movement


(198)


3,332


3,487

Cash from operations*


352


3,398


3,944

Taxation paid


(330)


(200)


(313)

Cash from operating activities


22


3,198


3,631








Cash flows from investing activities







Proceeds on disposal of property, plant and equipment


-


13


20

Purchase of property, plant and equipment


(173)


(109)


(170)

Net proceeds on disposal of subsidiary


-


60


60

Other investing activities


-


-


(40)

Interest received


4


7


16

Net cash (used in)/from investing activities


(169)


(29)


(113)








Cash flows from financing activities







Dividends paid to non-controlling interests


(113)


(130)


(335)

Interest paid


(2)


(152)


(267)

Proceeds from issue of share capital


1,723


-


-

Loans repaid


(2,368)


(56)


(7,146)

Loans raised


1,230


750


4,277

Net cash from/(used in) financing activities


470


412


(3,471)








Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents


323


3,581


47

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the Period


701


645


645

Foreign exchange


(16)


6


9

Net cash and cash equivalents at the end of the Period


1,008


4,232


701








Cash and cash equivalents as above comprise the following







Cash and cash equivalents


1,008


4,232


701

Bank overdraft


-


-


-

Net cash and cash equivalents


1,008


4,232


701

 

 

 

* Amounts include both continuing and discontinued operations. The cash flow effect from discontinued operations (Lonrho litigation settlement) was $3.4 million inflow in 2016.

 



 

Cambria Africa Plc

 

Notes to the interim consolidated financial statements

 

 

1.    Reporting Entity

 

Cambria Africa Plc is a public limited company which is quoted on the AIM London Stock Exchange and is incorporated in the Isle of Man under the Isle of Man Companies Act 2006.

 

2.    Basis of preparation

 

The condensed consolidated interim financial information for the six months ended 28 February 2017, has been prepared in accordance with the accounting policies that are expected to be adopted in the Group's full financial statements for the year ending 31 August 2017 and are not expected to be significantly different to those set out in the Group's audited financial statements for the year ended 31 August 2016.

 

The financial information for the half years ended 28 February 2017 and 29 February 2016 is neither audited nor reviewed.  They do not include all of the information required for full annual financial statements, and should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements of the Group as at and for the period ended 31 August 2016, which are available upon request from the Company's registered office at Peregrine Corporate Services, Burleigh Manor, Peel Road, Douglas, Isle of Man IM1 5EP or at www.cambriaafrica.com.

 

After making enquiries, the directors have a reasonable expectation that the Company and the Group have adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. Accordingly, they continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the half-yearly condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

 

3.    Note to the cash flow statement

 



Unaudited


Unaudited


Audited



28-Feb-17


29-Feb-16


31-Aug-16



US$'000


US$'000


US$'000








Profit/(Loss) for the period


(43)


(596)


(744)

Adjusted for:







Amortisation of intangible assets


3


1


2

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment


75


71


132

Loss/(Profit) on sale of property, plant and equipment


-


11


4

Valuation adjustments to inventories, receivables and other assets


(1)


(3)


1

Finance income


(4)


(7)


(16)

Finance expense


221


350


657

Increase in provisions


7


8


25

Income tax charge


292


231


396

Operating cash flows before movements in working capital


550


66


457

Net working capital movement


(198)


3,332


3,487

Decrease/(increase) in inventories


94


122


305

Decrease/(increase) in trade and other receivables


(385)


4,883


4,623

Increase/(decrease) in trade and other payables


93


(1,673)


(1,441)








Cash from operations


352


3,398


3,944

 


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