Internal review uncovers support issue

EMIS Group 18 January 2018 Update
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EMIS Group

Internal review uncovers support issue

Trading update

Software & comp services

18 January 2018

Price

775p

Market cap

£491m

Net cash (£m) at end FY17

14.0

Shares in issue

63.3m

Free float

98%

Code

EMIS

Primary exchange

AIM

Secondary exchange

N/A

Share price performance

%

1m

3m

12m

Abs

(2.6)

0.8

1.8

Rel (local)

(5.6)

(2.0)

(6.0)

52-week high/low

1,017p

833.5p

Business description

EMIS is a clinical software supplier to the primary care market in the UK (supplying over 50% of UK GP practices), a software supplier to UK pharmacies, and through several acquisitions also supplies specialist and acute care software.

Next events

FY17 results

14 March 2018

Analysts

Katherine Thompson

+44 (0)20 3077 5730

Dan Ridsdale

+44 (0)20 3077 5729

EMIS Group is a research client of Edison Investment Research Limited

In an otherwise in-line trading statement, EMIS announced an issue within its customer and product support processes for EMIS Web where it has not been fully meeting the service level and reporting requirements set by NHS Digital in England. This will result in an exceptional charge (our estimate £9m) and potentially higher ongoing costs in the Primary Care business. A 5% reduction in EPS in FY18e and FY19e is more than discounted in the current share price. Further clarity that the scale and cost of this issue are contained should provide support to the share price.

Year end

Revenue (£m)

PBT*
(£m)

Dil EPS*
(p)

EMIS adj. dil. EPS** (p)

DPS
(p)

P/E
(x)

Yield
(%)

12/16

158.7

39.2

49.4

49.2

23.4

15.7

3.0

12/17e

165.0

37.0

45.7

46.8

25.8

17.0

3.3

12/18e

173.7

38.3

47.1

48.7

26.8

16.4

3.5

12/19e

183.5

43.0

53.0

54.6

27.8

14.6

3.6

Note: *PBT and EPS are normalised, excluding amortisation of acquired intangibles, exceptional items and share-based payments. **EMIS adjusted EPS – cash accounts for development costs and excludes exceptional items and amortisation of acquired intangibles.

Reviewing issues with customer & product support

During a review of customer and product support processes, EMIS discovered that some errors in its EMIS Web GP software were a) not being resolved within required timeframes; and b) were not being reported to NHS Digital as required. Management is confident that the errors do not affect patient safety or data, and is working with NHS Digital to ascertain the scale of the issue. While the costs relating to this issue are yet to be finalised, EMIS expects an exceptional charge in the high single-digit millions. On an ongoing basis, we expect that EMIS will need to deploy additional development resource to this area to resolve the error backlog and to deal with new errors in a timely fashion. Management is confident that this will not affect the ongoing EMIS Web procurement in Scotland although, in our view, it may need to provide additional comfort to existing and potential customers that it has adequate internal controls and resources in place to provide good customer support and meet compliance requirements.

Trading update confirms remaining business in line

Aside from the issue above, the company traded in line with expectations in FY17. We have revised our forecasts to reflect a one-off exceptional charge of £9m in FY17 and higher operating costs for the Primary Care business in FY18 and FY19. This reduces our EMIS-adjusted EPS forecasts by 5.0% in FY18 and 4.6% in FY19. We note that net cash at end FY17 of £14.0m was ahead of our £7.2m forecast, providing some element of cushion for the exceptional costs.

Valuation: Reflects uncertainty

The stock is down 20% on the news. On our revised forecasts, this equates to a P/E multiple of 16.4x FY18e and 14.6x FY19e normalised EPS, compared to 19.4x and 17.3x respectively prior to today’s news. On EMIS-adjusted forecasts, the stock is trading at 15.9x FY18e and 14.2x FY19e, which is at a discount to international healthcare software peers and UK software companies.

Review of customer and product support processes

The company has announced that during a review of customer and product support processes, instigated as part of a wider review of the business by the new CEO, it was discovered that the Primary Care business had not been meeting all of its service level requirements and reporting requirements to NHS Digital in respect of EMIS Web. EMIS Web is available for use by English GP practices under the GP Systems of Choice (GPSoC) framework agreement. As part of being selected to be on the GPSoC framework, software suppliers commit to providing certain levels of functionality, certain service level agreements (SLAs) and regular reporting to NHS Digital. This includes regularly reporting software errors/bugs to NHS Digital, classified by order of severity.

Management discovered during the review process that some lower-level errors had not been resolved within the relevant timeframe (ie had not met SLAs) and also had not been reported to NHS Digital. The company is confident that none of these errors relates to patient safety or data (if they were, they would have been classified as a higher-level error) but are mainly linked to the usability of the software. It has been working with NHS Digital to ascertain the full extent of the issue.

Initial estimates are for an exceptional charge in the upper single-digit millions of pounds; the company expects to update the market when it has a more concrete estimate. We expect that this charge would include any penalties payable to NHS Digital for missing SLAs and for not adhering to reporting requirements. In addition, it would include the cost of ascertaining the extent of the problem. We would expect an ongoing cost to the business of fixing the existing backlog of errors as well as fixing newly discovered errors within the SLA time limits. EMIS could deal with this either by redeploying existing developers from other project work, or could hire extra staff to undertake the work. We have taken a prudent approach and assumed a higher ongoing level of operating costs for the Primary, Community & Acute Care division in FY18 and FY19.

FY17 trading update

The company also announced that trading for FY17 was in line with expectations, with revenues slightly above the level in FY16. The internal reorganisation is now complete. On a divisional basis:

Primary, Community & Acute Care: Primary care has maintained its market share. The implementation of EMIS Web in Northern Ireland is progressing well and the procurement process for EMIS Web in Scotland is ongoing. In Wales, the company expects an update on the re-procurement process soon. Community grew market share through further contract wins. Acute Care grew in H2, although hospital demand remained subdued.

Community Pharmacy: market share has been maintained and the roll-out of ProScript Connect continues on track.

Specialist & Care: the division saw revenue growth and a return to profitability in H217 (our forecast was for a small loss).

Patient: the Patient.info and Patient Access websites and mobile apps have been refreshed.

Net cash at year-end stood at £14.0m, well ahead of our £7.2m forecast. This should provide some element of cushion in funding the exceptional costs.

Changes to forecasts

We have revised our forecasts to incorporate a one-off charge of £9m in FY17 and higher operating costs of £2m per annum for Primary Care in FY18 (+2.3%) and FY19 (+2.2%). This reduces EMIS-adjusted EPS by 5.0% in FY18 and 4.6% in FY19. We have not updated our net cash forecast for end FY17, in the absence of detail on working capital and profitability. Therefore, we believe our revised net cash forecasts as at the end of FY18 and FY19 are very conservative. We expect more detail on the precise one-off charge and ongoing costs to the business when the company reports FY17 results on 14 March.

Exhibit 1: Changes to forecasts

£000s

FY17e

FY18e

FY19e

Old

New

Change

y-o-y

Old

New

Change

y-o-y

Old

New

Change

y-o-y

Revenues

164,955

164,955

0.0%

3.9%

173,684

173,684

0.0%

5.3%

183,534

183,534

0.0%

5.7%

Normalised operating profit

36,562

36,562

0.0%

-6.0%

39,809

37,790

-5.1%

3.4%

44,451

42,366

-4.7%

12.1%

Reported operating profit

23,844

14,844

-37.7%

-36.9%

32,091

30,072

-6.3%

102.6%

36,733

34,648

-5.7%

15.2%

EMIS adjusted operating profit

37,275

37,275

0.0%

-3.8%

40,814

38,795

-4.9%

4.1%

45,463

43,377

-4.6%

11.8%

Normalised EPS (p)

45.7

45.7

0.0%

-7.6%

49.7

47.1

-5.2%

3.2%

55.6

53.0

-4.8%

12.4%

Reported EPS (p)

29.6

18.2

-38.7%

-40.2%

40.0

37.5

-6.4%

106.1%

46.0

43.3

-5.8%

15.6%

EMIS adjusted EPS (p)

46.8

46.8

0.0%

-4.9%

51.3

48.7

-5.0%

4.1%

57.2

54.6

-4.6%

12.0%

Net cash/(debt)

7,162

7,162

0.0%

N/A

23,929

13,314

-44.4%

85.9%

43,970

31,686

-27.9%

138.0%

Source: Edison Investment Research. Note: EMIS adjusted forecasts – cash accounts for development costs and excludes exceptional items and amortisation of acquired intangibles.


Exhibit 2: Financial summary

£'000s

2014

2015

2016

2017e

2018e

2019e

Year end 31 December

PROFIT & LOSS

Revenue

 

 

137,639

155,898

158,712

164,955

173,684

183,534

Cost of Sales

(12,782)

(12,955)

(14,151)

(15,440)

(17,229)

(18,665)

Gross Profit

124,857

142,943

144,561

149,515

156,455

164,868

EBITDA

 

 

47,645

51,964

52,288

50,275

52,003

56,679

Operating Profit (before amort. of acq. intang, SBP and except.)

34,787

37,123

38,897

36,562

37,790

42,366

EMIS adjusted operating profit

 

 

32,639

36,553

38,753

37,275

38,795

43,377

Amortisation of acquired intangibles

(6,269)

(6,509)

(6,639)

(6,718)

(6,718)

(6,718)

Exceptionals

873

(18,500)

(6,714)

(14,000)

0

0

Share-based payments

(270)

(684)

(473)

(1,000)

(1,000)

(1,000)

Operating Profit

29,121

11,430

25,071

14,844

30,072

34,648

Net Interest

(543)

(449)

(237)

(150)

(50)

0

Profit Before Tax (norm)

 

 

34,206

36,625

39,159

37,012

38,340

42,966

Profit Before Tax (FRS 3)

 

 

28,540

10,932

25,333

15,294

30,622

35,248

Tax

(5,719)

(5,558)

(5,208)

(3,059)

(6,124)

(7,050)

Profit After Tax (norm)

27,617

29,801

32,175

29,610

30,672

34,373

Profit After Tax (FRS3)

22,821

5,374

20,125

12,235

24,498

28,198

Average Number of Shares Outstanding (m)

62.8

62.7

62.8

62.9

62.9

62.9

EPS - normalised & diluted (p)

 

 

42.8

46.0

49.4

45.7

47.1

53.0

EPS - EMIS adjusted & diluted (p)

 

 

39.4

45.1

49.2

46.8

48.7

54.6

EPS - FRS 3 (p)

 

 

35.3

7.2

30.4

18.2

37.5

43.3

Dividend (p)

18.4

21.2

23.4

25.8

26.8

27.8

Gross Margin (%)

90.7%

91.7%

91.1%

90.6%

90.1%

89.8%

EBITDA Margin (%)

34.6%

33.3%

32.9%

30.5%

29.9%

30.9%

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

25.3%

23.8%

24.5%

22.2%

21.8%

23.1%

BALANCE SHEET

Fixed Assets

 

 

166,415

143,546

133,292

125,361

116,930

108,399

Intangible Assets

139,397

121,383

110,953

102,122

92,991

83,860

Tangible Assets

24,313

22,032

22,187

23,087

23,787

24,387

Other fixed assets

2,705

131

152

152

152

152

Current Assets

 

 

37,221

39,800

46,088

50,103

58,431

79,259

Stocks

1,550

1,206

1,815

1,815

1,815

1,815

Debtors

28,732

33,893

39,970

41,126

43,302

45,758

Cash

6,939

4,701

4,303

7,162

13,314

31,686

Current Liabilities

 

 

(67,665)

(63,819)

(56,158)

(50,925)

(53,518)

(56,445)

Creditors

(54,763)

(51,960)

(51,425)

(50,925)

(53,518)

(56,445)

Short term borrowings

(12,902)

(11,859)

(4,733)

0

0

0

Long Term Liabilities

 

 

(21,063)

(12,481)

(9,080)

(9,080)

(9,080)

(9,080)

Long term borrowings

(5,854)

(1,951)

0

0

0

0

Other long term liabilities

(15,209)

(10,530)

(9,080)

(9,080)

(9,080)

(9,080)

Net Assets

 

 

114,908

107,046

114,142

115,459

112,763

122,134

CASH FLOW

Operating Cash Flow

 

 

44,856

42,711

43,657

43,619

43,421

57,149

Net Interest

(445)

(422)

(324)

(50)

50

100

Tax

(5,247)

(6,896)

(7,655)

(7,402)

(7,668)

(8,593)

Capex

(15,161)

(14,058)

(12,084)

(12,500)

(12,500)

(12,500)

Acquisitions/disposals

(9,959)

(4,587)

(1,790)

0

0

0

Financing

(1,578)

492

881

(500)

(500)

(500)

Dividends

(10,792)

(14,532)

(14,006)

(15,575)

(16,651)

(17,284)

Net Cash Flow

1,674

2,708

8,679

7,592

6,152

18,372

Opening net debt/(cash)

 

 

13,491

11,817

9,109

430

(7,162)

(13,314)

HP finance leases initiated

0

0

0

0

0

0

Other

0

0

0

0

0

0

Closing net debt/(cash)

 

 

11,817

9,109

430

(7,162)

(13,314)

(31,686)

Source: EMIS, Edison Investment Research

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