.This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) 596/2014 as it forms part of UK domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 ("MAR"), and is disclosed in accordance with the Company's obligations under Article 17 of MAR
Haydale (AIM: HAYD), the global advanced materials group, announces its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 31 December 2020 (the ‘Period’ or ‘H1 FY2021’).
- Group Revenues of £1.28 million for the Period, 5% down on H1 FY2020;
- Sales of functionalised inks and graphene enhanced composites increased by 35% to £0.34 million on a like-for-like basis;
- Adjusted administrative expenses fell by 22% with a saving of £0.72 million on the prior half year;
- Adjusted operating loss for the Period reduced by 34% (H1 FY2021 £1.39 million vs H1 FY2020 £2.1 million);
- A reduction in Cash Used in Operations of £1.26 million or 50% on a LFL basis (H1 FY2021 £(1.26) million vs H1 FY2020 £(2.52) million); and
- Cash at Period end of £1.88 million (30 June 2019: £2.70 million)
- Agreement with Qinhuangdao ENO High-Tech Material Development Co., Ltd., to act as a sales representative for Haydale’s ceramic and silicon carbide products in China;
- Ahead of schedule on the three-year exclusive agreement with iCraft announced in September 2020 with 0.4 tonnes being shipped by the Period end and further orders pending of 1.6 tonnes for H2 FY2021;
- Completed a successful trial of CeramycShield™, a ceramic surface treatment that utilises SIC to enhance and protect concrete assets, at a Central American water treatment facility;
- Commercial progress with elastomers now evident following first sale to Bolflex of our functionalised nano-enhanced rubber masterbatch for use in its premium shoe range. Follow up orders are scheduled for H2 FY2021; and
- In collaboration with a leading biosensor technology company, developed a next generation functionalised biomedical ink with improved analyte detection which enhances detection and the accuracy of diagnosis.
Commenting on the interim results, Keith Broadbent, Chief Executive Officer of Haydale, said:"Whilst these results reflect a challenging Period, the operational changes and strategic progress made since 2019 and accelerated through the last nine months have put the Group in a stronger position to manage the impact of Covid-19. As we project forward to a time beyond the pandemic, we believe ourpatented HDPlas® plasma process puts Haydale in a strong position to deliver functionalised graphene and other nano materials cost effectively, at a consistent quality and at industrial volumes”.
Chief Executive’s Report
Despite the economic uncertainty caused by the pandemic and the impact of enhanced restrictions in several key markets the Company has seen a gradual improvement in the general trading environment in some areas as customers adapt to operating under the changing constraints. During the Period we have observed greater interest from existing and new customers in exploring the technical, environmental, and cost advantages that our products offer. The HDPlas® plasma process which tailors graphene and other nano materials to enhance the host material remains central to delivering these benefits and the ability to meet customer expectations augurs well for the medium and longer term prospects of the Group.
Subdued global aerospace demand has impacted the sales of Silicon Carbide (“SiC”) whiskers and Ceramic cutting tools (“blanks”) in the Period and expectations notably around the medium-term recovery of air traffic indicate that the pandemic will continue to act as a brake on sales during H2 FY2021. The Company has sought to extend its geographical footprint and expand its product offering to counteract the slowdown in its core market. The recent agreement with Qinhuangdao ENO High-Tech Material Development Co., Ltd., ("ENO") and strategic recruitment in Europe are the latest steps in this direction.
Group trading has remained resilient despite the challenging environment. Revenues of £1.28 million for the Period are marginally down on the prior year period (H1 FY2020 £1.35 million) but positive gross margin variance and a focus on operating costs has significantly reduced the Group’s adjusted operating loss by £0.72 million or 34% to £1.39 million (H1 2019 £2.11 million). The Directors anticipate the full year revenue to be in line with the prior year and lower operating costs will lead to a reduced Adjusted Operating Loss at the year end.
Asia Pacific “APAC”
Our APAC hub in Thailand and sales office in South Korea continued to make good progress in the Period towards commercialising Haydale’s proprietary technology. The three-year exclusive agreement with iCraft1, to supply functionalised graphene for cosmetic face mask sheets announced in September 2020 is ahead of schedule and we are also working closely with iCraft to supply functionalised graphene powder for the manufacture of their GNP2 enhanced, anti-bacterial, neoprene PPE face masks. Haydale shipped 0.4 tonnes during the Period and further orders of 1.6 tonnes had been received by the Period end for delivery in H2 FY2021 for both the face mask sheets and PPE face masks. As part of the on-going collaboration between the parties a sole distributor agreement covering the UK and Europe was concluded in December 2020 and the first direct-to-consumer sales of iCraft’s PPE face masks were secured in January 2021 from Haydale’s web portal.
Haydale has continued to collaborate with IRPC3 and the parties are making positive progress on several projects including the Phase II agreement for the development of transparent graphene and functionalized acetylene black conductive inks for RFID, NFC and related applications. The Company has also cooperated successfully on the development of IRPC’s new washable functionalised graphene-enhanced fabric PPE face mask. IRPC has now placed a follow-on order for 200Kg of Haydale’s bespoke functionalised ink as it expands production, and further orders are anticipated.
The UK division has made meaningful progress towards commercialising its proprietary technology and to delivering on some of the previously announced collaborations. The four-year agreement with DLYB4, which commenced in April 2020,
allows them to market Haydale’s electrically conductive graphene-enhanced masterbatch in China and Taiwan. The first year of the contract was reserved for product validation and, whilst these tests are on-going, results so far have been
positive and we look forward to moving to the commercial phase of the contract during 2021.
Haydale signed an agreement with Dowty Propellers (“Dowty”) in September 2020 for the provision of services for the collaborative development of graphene and nano material enhanced products for use in Dowty products. Haydale is assisting
Dowty in examining the feasibility and development of various material technologies, pertinent to Dowty’s future product development, involving the incorporation of graphene and other nano scale materials and this work is on-going with the first
phase of work now completed.
In December 2020 we secured our first sale to Bolflex5 of our functionalised nano-enhanced rubber masterbatch for use in its premium shoe range. The masterbatch is incorporated into the styrene-butadiene rubber compound used in its soles and the initial order of 80 kg enabled Bolflex to prepare 6,000 nano-enhanced rubber soles. Bolflex are currently evaluating the performance of these soles against competitor products and initial results show improvements against its footwear test standards with increased tear strength and enhanced abrasion, flex and slip resistance. Follow up orders are scheduled for H2 FY2021.
Revenue at our US SiC and blanks manufacturing facility has been adversely affected by the impact of Covid-19 on the US aerospace and petrochemical sectors. The impact has been temporarily ameliorated by the support it has received from a long-standing
customer who maintained its short-term order pattern during H1 FY2021, although this is partly offset by another customer that is failing to meet its contractual obligations. We expect this support to continue in H2 FY2021 but, as previously
announced, this will result in reduced orders in the following year.
The Directors expected that the $1.5 million investment in blanks production capability in the year ended June 2019 would contribute to increase utilisation of the manufacturing capacity at the US facility and to higher value sales as we moved up the
value chain. Whilst the Directors believe that this strategy is still sound, due to the pandemic, demand has been subdued and is forecast to remain so in the medium term. The Company has therefore sought to widen its product offering and
expand its geographical footprint.
Haydale has completed a successful trial of CeramycShield™, a ceramic surface treatment that utilises SIC to enhance and protect concrete assets at risk from decay, at a Central American water treatment facility. Post Period end, Yorkshire
Water announced that it has partnered with Haydale to trial CeramycShield™, on a number of its chemical bunds and have stated that ‘the results will be immediately apparent and will pave the way for a larger programme of works protecting our assets’.
These trials have been delayed by the UK’s third lockdown but are scheduled to commence shortly after this ends. The Company is also in discussions with several other UK utilities and overseas companies who are interested in CeramycShield™.
To reduce its reliance on US aerospace, Haydale started actively exploring the European blanks market in H2 2020 with a technical market specialist based in Germany. The Company has been pleased with the opportunities identified and the progress
that has been made in securing certification trials for blanks during H1 FY2021. Our current expectation is that in the medium to long term the European market for blanks can make a significant contribution to revenue growth at our US facility.
Post Period end, we appointed Uwe Kemper as European Head of Business Development to spearhead our entry into the EME cutting tool market. Uwe has significant industry experience gained at Greenleaf Corporation and latterly with CeramTec GMBH
and is a valuable addition to our team.
The Company signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a Sino-UK facilitator in H1 FY2020 and the early promise shown by this relationship is now being fulfilled. In January 2021 Haydale announced an Agreement which allows ENO to act as a sales representative
for Haydale’s ceramic and silicon carbide products in China (including Hong Kong) and Taiwan for an initial period of two years. Under the Agreement, ENO expects to buy a minimum of $300,000 of product from Haydale within the first year
of the agreement increasing to $500,000 in the second year. The first order under the Agreement for $23,000 has been shipped by Haydale in January 2021. Haydale is also working on several other potential projects in China and
is encouraged by the strong interest in its SIC offering and functionalised conductive inks as well as other products in this market.
Grant Funded Projects
Grant funded projects have continued in H1 FY2021 and the Company was successful as part of the Carbo4power consortium whose main objective is to develop a new generation of lightweight, high strength, multifunctional, digitalized multi-materials for
offshore turbine rotor blades that will increase their operational performance and durability while reducing the cost of energy production, maintenance, and their environmental impact. This grant has a clear commercial pathway and complements
previous development work on the NATEP funded GraCELS projects. As noted previously we anticipated ‘Other Operating Income’ would decline marginally as commercial projects take priority but grant funded research that complements our commercial
offering remains important to the Group.
Technical and Patent Update
Haydale has been working with a biosensor technology company that manufactures rapid diagnosis testing products, to provide a cost effective and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional silver based printed biomedical sensor electrodes, which
are also susceptible to tarnishing. The next generation functionalised biomedical inks developed at our Ammanford facility have improved analyte detection through the incorporation of compatible functional groups, which enhances detection and the
accuracy of diagnosis. The Directors are hopeful that this collaboration will develop into a commercial relationship in H2 FY2021.
Haydale has been granted a European Patent for PATit™, its anti-counterfeit system which uses functionalised graphene elements incorporated into printing inks to create unique security and identity code patterns that are machine readable using capacitive touchscreen technologies. The code can be verified by using local or hosted software systems. We are currently in early stage discussions to commercialise this technology both in the UK and the Far East.
Unaudited Financial Results
The Group’s recognised commercial income in the Period was £1.28 million (H1 2019 £1.35 million). Of this, £0.86 million (H1 FY2020: £0.94 million) derived from the US with the sales of SiC nanomaterials and blanks
with the balance of £0.42 million (H1 FY2020: £0.41 million) being from the UK and APAC regions. The Company is pleased that the sales of functionalised inks and graphene enhanced composites have increased by 35% to £0.34
million on a like-for-like (“LFL”) basis and anticipate that this growth will accelerate in H2 FY2021.
During the past year, the Directors have continued to realign the cost base to ensure that the Group focuses resources on achieving its strategic objectives. Total Adjusted Administrative Expenses in the Period of £2.55 million have reduced by £0.72
million, equivalent to 22% (H1 FY2020 £3.27 million). Whilst there is further scope to streamline operating costs it is anticipated that any savings will have a diminishing impact on the total cost base.
The Group’s adjusted operating loss at £1.39 million for H1 FY2021 reduced by 34% (H1 FY2020 £2.11 million) and the Loss before taxation was £1.93 million (£2.72 million in H1 FY2020). Capital expenditure in H1 FY2021
was £0.02 million (H1 FY2020: £0.03 million) and whilst this is forecast to remain restrained through H2 FY2021 the Company is assessing options for increasing capacity at its Ammanford facility, but at this stage it is anticipated that
any significant investment would be post Year End.
The Group’s net assets at 31 December 2020 were £8.25 million (31 December 2019: £9.06 million). The Group’s borrowings reduced by £0.18 million during the Period to £1.07 million at the Period end (30 June 2020:
£1.25 million). Cash at the Period end was £1.88 million (30 June 2019: £2.70 million), including the £2.80 million of net equity funds received in September 2020. Negative operating cash flow before
working capital changes of £1.376 million reduced by 34% (H1 FY2020 £2.09 million). A positive working capital movement of £0.1 million (H1 FY2020 £(0.43) million) contributed to a fall in Cash Used in
Operations of £1.26 million to £(1.26) million (H1 FY2020 £(2.52) million) on a similar LFL basis. We anticipate reduced operating losses and lower levels of inventory, principally in the US, should support a reducing
level of operating cash burn through H2 FY2021.
There were no restructuring costs for H1 FY2021 (£0.12 million in H1 FY2020). Restructuring costs in the prior period principally related to the closure of the Taiwan facility. In H2 2020 Restructuring cost for the full year were
reduced by £0.06 million as the expected costs of closure were less than originally anticipated.
The Company raised £2.98 million (gross) via the issue of 85,055,950 new ordinary shares in September 2020 at an issue price of £0.035 each (the “Fund Raise”), representing a discount of approximately 31% to the closing mid-market
price of the Company’s shares immediately before the Fund Raise. As at 31 December 2020, and at the date of this announcement, the Company had 425,279,798 ordinary shares in issue.
Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic has acted as a disruptive backdrop to the Period it has by no means defined our performance. The Directors are pleased to report an increase in the commercial sales of functionalised inks and graphene enhanced composites in the Period and expect sales will continue to gain momentum in this area. The Directors also anticipate that new products such as CeramycShield™ will positively impact revenue in the short term. Whilst uncertainty over the medium terms prospects for the aerospace sector remains, the actions taken over the last nine months to extend the Company’ geographical footprint will provide a robust platform for the Company to take advantage of the revival in this sector as it materialises
Chief Executive Officer
24th February 2021
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (UNAUDITED)
For the six months ended 31 December 2020
31 Dec 2020
31 Dec 2019
30 Jun 2020
|Cost of sales||(338)||(509)||(885)|
|Other operating income||212||320||756|
|Adjusted Administrative expenses||(2,545)||(3,268)||(5,988)|
|Adjusted operating loss||(1,394)||(2,110)||(3,170)|
|Adjusting administrative items:|
|Share based payments income/(expenses)||(75)||142||11|
|Lease rental charges (IFRS 16)||310||315||631|
|Depreciation and amortisation||(627)||(854)||(1,640)|
|Total trading administrative expenses||(2,937)||(3,788)||(7,049)|
|LOSS FROM TRADING||(1,786)||(2,630)||(4,231)|
|Total administrative expenses||(2,937)||(3,788)||(7,049)|
|LOSS FROM OPERATIONS||(1,786)||(2,630)||(4,231)|
|LOSS BEFORE TAXATION||(1,933)||(2,724)||(4,407)|
|LOSS FOR THE YEAR FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS||(1,751)||(2,565)||(4,016)|
|Other comprehensive income:|
|Items that may be reclassified to profit or loss:|
|Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations||(301)||(99)||82|
|Remeasurements of defined benefit pension scheme||14||174||(291)|
|TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE LOSS FOR THE YEAR FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS|| |
|Loss per share attributable to owners of the Parent|
|Basic (£) and Diluted (£)||2||(0.01)||(0.01)||(0.01)|
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION (UNAUDITED)
As at 31 December 2020
31 Dec 2020
31 Dec 2019
30 Jun 2020
|Property, plant and equipment||6,979||4,815||6,407|
|Cash and bank balances||1,875||2,700||823|
|Trade and other payables||1,391||1,174||1,906|
|TOTAL NET ASSETS||8,245||9,055||7,451|
|Capital and reserves attributable to equity holders of the parent|
|Share premium account||28,819||27,764||27,764|
|Share-based payment reserve||206||686||131|
|Foreign exchange reserve||(319)||(199)||(18)|
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)
For the six months ended 31 December 2020
31 Dec 2020
31 Dec 2019
30 Jun 2020
|Cash flow from operating activities|
|Loss before taxation||(1,751)||(2,565)||(4,016)|
|Amortisation of intangible assets||88||68||129|
|Depreciation of property, plant and equipment||537||471||1,511|
|Share-based payment (income)/charge||75||(142)||(11)|
|Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment||3||123*||-|
|Pension - net interest expense||22||22||24|
|Operating cash flow before working capital changes||(1,061)||(2,088)||(2,578)|
|Decrease/(increase) in inventories||150||(435)||(531)|
|Decrease / (increase) in trade and other receivables||157||245||(111)|
|(Decrease)/increase in payables and deferred income||(201)||(240)||(104)|
|Cash used in operations||(955)||(2,518)||(3,324)|
|Income tax received||-||846||847|
|Net cash used in operating activities||-||(1,672)||(2,477)|
|Cash flow used in investing activities|
|Purchase of property, plant and equipment||(21)||(28)||(44)|
|Capitalisation of intangible assets||(129)||(121)||(251)|
|Net cash used in investing activities||(150)||(149)||(295)|
|Cash flow used in financing activities|
|Finance cost – right of use asset||(56)||-||(82)|
|Payment of lease liability||(310)||-||(631)|
|Proceeds from issue of share capital (net of share issue costs)||2,757||436||450|
|New bank loans raised||-||-||50|
|Repayments of borrowings||(77)||(545)||(835)|
|Net cash flow from financing activities||2,223||(203)||(1,142)|
|Effects of exchange rate changes||(66)||36||49|
|Net (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents||1,052||(1,988)||(3,865)|
|Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the financial period||823||4,688||4,688|
|Cash and cash equivalents at end of the financial period||1,875||2,700||823|
*The treatment for the Losses on disposal of fixed assets in H1 FY2020 of £0.12 million was changed in H2 FY2020
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY (UNAUDITED)
|Share Capital||Share premium||Share-based payment reserve||Foreign exchange reserve||Retained profits||Total|
|At 1 July 2019||6,354||27,764||828||(100)||(23,595)||11,251|
|Total comprehensive loss for the period||-||-||-||(2,391)||(2,391)|
|Other comprehensive loss||(99)||-||(99)|
|Recognition of share-based payments||-||-||(142)||-||-||(142)|
|Issue of ordinary share capital||450||-||-||-||-||450|
|Transaction costs in respect of share issue||-||-||-||-||(14)||(14)|
|At 31 December 2019||6,804||27,764||686||(199)||(26,000)||9,055|
|Total comprehensive loss for the period||-||-||-||-||(1,625)||(1,625)|
|Other comprehensive profit||181||(291)||(110)|
|Recognition of share-based payments||-||-||131||-||-||131|
|Share based payment charges – lapsed options||-||-||(686)||-||686||-|
|At 30 June 2020||6,804||27,764||131||(18)||(27,230)||7,451|
|Total comprehensive loss for the period||-||-||-||-||(1,737)||(1,737)|
|Other comprehensive loss||-||-||-||(301)||-||(301)|
|Recognition of share-based payments||-||-||75||-||-||75|
|Issue of ordinary share capital||1,702||1,055||-||-||-||2,757|
|At 31 December 2019||8,506||28,819||206||(319)||(28,967)||8,245|
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