Delays and disposals

1Spatial 21 December 2016 Review

1Spatial

Delays and disposals

Profit warning

Software & comp services

 

21 December 2016

Price

1.95p

Market cap

£14m

Estimated net debt (£m) at end FY17

1.0

Shares in issue

738.1m

Free float

83%

Code

SPA

Primary exchange

AIM

Secondary exchange

N/A

Share price performance

%

1m

3m

12m

Abs

(11.8)

(55.9)

(63.4)

Rel (local)

(14.7)

(57.0)

(67.9)

52-week high/low

5.4p

1.9p

Business description

1Spatial’s core technology validates, rectifies and enhances customers’ geospatial data. The combination of its software and advisory services reduces the need for costly manual checking and correcting data.

Next events

Full year results

April 2017

Analysts

Dan Ridsdale

+44 (0)20 3077 5729

Bridie Barrett

+44 (0)20 3077 5700

1Spatial is a research client of Edison Investment Research Limited

1Spatial’s pipeline has not converted as expected thus far in H2, and given the shift to a subscription weighted model, such deals which do come in between now and the end of January are unlikely to contribute significantly to the P&L. As a result the company expects to be marginally loss-making at the EBITDA level versus our £3.7m profit previously. We welcome the exit from the non-core Avisen and Storage Fusion businesses in the name of improving focus. We still believe that the company’s core strategy of building the GIS business around higher-margin and recurring revenue lines is sound, although – as is often the case – the transition is proving more protracted and painful than initially anticipated.

Year end

Revenue (£m)

PBT* (£m)

EPS* (p)

DPS (p)

EV/Sales (x)

P/E (x)

01/15

19.6

1.8

0.27

0.0

0.8

7.2

01/16

20.7

2.0

0.29

0.0

0.7

6.7

01/17e

23.9

(2.4)

(0.33)

0.0

0.6

N/A

01/18e

23.7

(0.7)

(0.09)

0.0

0.6

N/A

Note: *PBT and EPS are normalised, excluding intangible amortisation, exceptional items and share-based payments.

Licensing delays and business model shift

The shortfall is attributed to a number of factors including delays in closing high-margin licensing deals and the migration towards a recurring subscription model at the expense of licensing revenues. While the Esri partnership remains potentially transformative, it is taking longer than anticipated to convert this relationship into an effective sales channel. The company maintains that the pipeline remains robust, with over 50 deals of various sizes.

Disposals of non-core businesses should help focus

The company has disposed of Avisen (FY16 revenue £1.4m, £0.3m EBIT, but broadly break-even thus far this year) for £0.1m to management. Storage Fusion (FY16 revenue £0.2m, £0.3m EBIT) has been closed. This leaves just Enables IT, a provider of hosted/cloud-based managed services, which is seen as complementary to the GIS operations in the company’s Cloud Services division. Other opportunities for reducing costs are also being explored.

Estimate downgrades

We have reduced our FY17e revenues by 15% to £23.9m, with EBITDA dropping to a £0.3m loss from a £3.7m profit previously. We now forecast a year-end net debt position of £1m versus £1m net cash previously. 1Spatial has a £3m facility. Visibility for FY18 is clearly limited but, taking a cautious stance, we reduce our revenue and EBITDA by 19% and 58% respectively (detailed overleaf).

Valuation: Need evidence of a turning point

We believe that management’s strategy of growing the GIS business around higher-margin and recurring revenue streams is sound. The FY17e EV/Sales rating of 0.6x is also low for a product-based software business, but evidence of a turning point in financial performance will be required before this discount starts to close.

Estimate changes

Our estimate changes are shown below. The profit warning stems from a recent pipeline review and while there are still large deals which could close between now and year-end (Jan) the shift towards a more subscription weighted model will mean that such deals will not contribute significantly to this year’s P&L.

We have reduced our FY18 operating costs forecasts for the GIS business slightly although there may be scope for further reductions.

We believe that the key forward indicators of a sustainable recovery in financial performance will be 1) growth in bookings, especially through the company’s GIS partners Esri and Here and 2) further progress in the US, 3) uptake of other recurring business lines, such as Managed GIS services and 4) extension of the company’s GIS partner base.

Exhibit 1: Estimate changes

2015

2016

2017e

2018e

£000s

Actual

Actual

Old

New

Change (%)

Old

New

Change (%)

Recurring subscription income from partners

0

0

400

300

(25)

1,050

900

(14)

Other geospatial

0

15,957

17,457

14,106

(19)

18,679

15,234

(18)

Geospatial

17,934

15,957

17,857

14,406

(19)

19,729

16,135

(18)

Cloud services/other

1664

4,781

10,194

9,500

(7)

9,684

7,600

(22)

Group revenue

19,598

20,738

28,051

23,906

(15)

29,413

23,735

(19)

Cost of goods sold

(8,804)

(8,960)

(14,718)

(15,957)

8%

(14,617)

(13,317)

9

Gross profit

10,794

11,778

13,333

7,949

(40)

14,796

10,417

(30)

% gross profit margin

55%

57%

48%

33%

50%

44%

EBITDA

3,052

3,677

3,713

(283)

N/M

4,640

1,962

(58)

Operating profit (before GW and except.)

1,857

2,485

1,713

(2,283)

N/M

2,211

(467)

N/M

EPS - normalised fully diluted (p)

0.27

0.29

0.22

(0.33)

N/M

0.27

(0.09)

N/M

Net debt/(cash)

(7,817)

(4,996)

(1,001)

1,046

N/M

(1,016)

3,097

N/M

Source: Company data, Edison Investment Research estimates

Exhibit 2: Financial summary

£'000s

2015

2016

2017e

2018e

Year end 31 January

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

PROFIT & LOSS

Revenue

 

 

19,598

20,738

23,906

23,735

Delivery costs

(8,804)

(8,960)

(15,957)

(13,317)

Gross Profit

10,794

11,778

7,949

10,417

EBITDA

 

 

3,052

3,677

(283)

1,962

Operating Profit (before amort. and except.)

1,857

2,485

(2,283)

(467)

Acquired Intangible Amortisation

(255)

(709)

(1,000)

(1,000)

Exceptionals

(2,345)

(1,140)

(500)

0

Share based payments

(723)

(977)

(977)

(977)

Operating Profit

(1,466)

(341)

(4,760)

(2,444)

Net Interest

(56)

(31)

74

(15)

Other

0

(421)

(200)

(200)

Profit Before Tax (norm)

 

 

1,801

2,033

(2,409)

(682)

Profit Before Tax (FRS 3)

 

 

(1,522)

(793)

(4,886)

(2,659)

Tax

5

805

977

532

Profit After Tax (norm)

1,801

2,033

(2,409)

(682)

Profit After Tax (FRS 3)

(1,517)

12

(3,909)

(2,127)

Average Number of Shares Outstanding (m)

650.4

691.3

729.5

739.5

EPS - normalised (p)

 

 

0.28

0.29

(0.33)

(0.09)

EPS - normalised fully diluted (p)

 

 

0.27

0.29

(0.33)

(0.09)

EPS - (IFRS) (p)

 

 

(0.23)

0.00

(0.54)

(0.29)

Dividend per share (p)

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Gross Margin (%)

55.1

56.8

33.3

43.9

EBITDA Margin (%)

15.6

17.7

N/A

8.3

Operating Margin (before GW and except.) (%)

9.5

12.0

N/A

N/A

BALANCE SHEET

Fixed Assets

 

 

15,781

22,074

24,603

25,027

Intangible Assets

14,729

18,859

21,588

23,789

Tangible Assets

552

1,638

1,438

1,238

Investments

500

1,577

1,577

0

Current Assets

 

 

16,831

16,202

12,306

12,306

Stocks

0

0

0

0

Debtors

7,453

10,815

11,915

11,915

Cash

8,250

4,996

0

0

Other

1,128

391

391

391

Current Liabilities

 

 

(9,716)

(11,030)

(11,190)

(13,841)

Creditors

(9,474)

(11,030)

(10,144)

(10,744)

Short term borrowings

(242)

0

(1,046)

(3,097)

Long Term Liabilities

 

 

(1,888)

(1,579)

(1,579)

(1,579)

Long term borrowings

(191)

0

0

0

Other long term liabilities

(1,697)

(1,579)

(1,579)

(1,579)

Net Assets

 

 

21,008

25,667

24,140

21,913

CASH FLOW

Operating Cash Flow

 

 

353

(771)

(3,469)

1,862

Net Interest

(56)

179

74

(15)

Tax

5

(105)

977

532

Capex

(2,621)

(3,800)

(3,601)

(3,601)

Acquisitions/disposals

(500)

(1,498)

(928)

(828)

Financing

(209)

3,092

905

0

Dividends

0

0

0

0

Net Cash Flow

(3,028)

(2,903)

(6,042)

(2,051)

Opening net debt/(cash)

 

 

(10,845)

(7,817)

(4,996)

1,046

HP finance leases initiated

0

0

0

0

Other

0

82

0

0

Closing net debt/(cash)

 

 

(7,817)

(4,996)

1,046

3,097

Source: Company data, Edison Investment Research

 

 

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