Online Blockchain PLC Half-year Report

Date : 03/27/2019 @ 7:00AM
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Online Blockchain PLC Half-year Report

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Online Blockchain PLC

27 March 2019

27 March 2019

For immediate release

Online Blockchain PLC

("Online" or the "Company")

Unaudited Interim Results for the Six Months Ended 31 December 2018

Online today announces unaudited interim results for the six months ended 31 December 2018 (the "Period").

CEO's Statement

We have been working hard on our new blockchain products and are pleased to say that they will shortly be in test and generating revenue. It is of course hard to predict new products' success but we are very excited at their potential and we believe they will generate material revenue before the year end.

Cryptocurrencies and tokens have had an awful last 12 months and many companies have gone to the wall or cut dramatically back, because their business models relied on the value of coins rather than their use. Our developments are all based on use rather than the values of coins and this, we believe, is the key to producing Blockchain products with longevity.

Plus1, our initial coin, has been used by ADVFN to some success and we will be looking to expand the social media use case wider. Plus1 has been used by ADVFN to generate revenue and we have received our part of that in our turn. The sales and profit from this are not hard to understand. People use Plus1 to tip other ADVFN users and ADVFN takes a cut of that tip and pays OBC a cut of that cut. Plus1 is an affordable currency to make microtransactions with and you can trade the coin on a number of independent exchanges to sell the coin or buy some to tip with. This is an example of a working 'use case' and a way blockchain companies can provide a service to make money that cannot be easily done by another method. We have several cryptocurrencies for use on these kinds of projects and the projects to be released will take us into the realms of potentially mainstream adaptation.

You cannot mandate for having a software hit especially when you produce something new, but I could not be more excited about the potential of these products even after over 35 years of producing innovative software.

The first of these new products are in test with the initial test community as I write, and this group will be widened in the coming weeks. The second products will follow shortly in the same way.

This will mean that in weeks OBC will not only have four listed Crytpo-currencies but two live Blockchain products that we hope may quickly begin to generate some initial revenues.

As such the second half of the year should be extremely exciting as we shift into a product marketing phase.

Our investment in ADVFN Plc remains our largest asset and we show below an extract from the ADVFN Plc interim financial statements:

ADVFN PLC - Chief Executive's Statement

The first half of the year has been a period of significant change for ADVFN. Our users will have noticed the addition of a strong, innovative Blockchain information offering that provides our global userbase with exhaustive coverage of coins and tokens across a plethora of exchanges. Meanwhile, we have significantly re-engineered the site to cope, not only with the exciting but technically challenging markets but with the ever-increasing demands of markets forever pushing out more data. While nothing sits still for long in the financial markets we provide information about, we try and by and large succeed in doing this without disrupting the business.

Our re-engineering of the ADVFN website positions us for growth especially on the eventual return of positive investor sentiment towards blockchain cryptocurrencies after the year-long 'crypto winter' bear market. It might seem hard for long term investors in stocks to grasp the opportunity but in our opinion cryptocurrencies will, in a few years, be the preferred investment market for the generation called 'the millennials.' That futurism aside, cryptocurrency is already a revenue generator for us and has been the "tail-wind" making up for the regulatory "head-winds" affecting our equity-focused customers via the ESMA regulations forcing the spread betting community to restructure how they do business.

We have made a material investment thus far in our website and this has added a further diversification to our product mix as well as a chance to be at the forefront as and when Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies catch the imagination of the traders and investors again, as we believe it will in either later in 2019 or 2020.

After much preparation, and after seeing the first fruits of our recent efforts turn into revenue, this has helped us maintain our business in an environment where our customers have been buffeted by new regulation and difficult markets and we continue to look forward to the future with excitement.

ADVFN Plc - Financial performance for the six months ended 31 December 2018

Key financial performance for the period has been summarised as follows:

 
                            Six Months ended   Six Months ended 
                            31 December 2018   31 December 2017 
-------------------------                     ----------------- 
                                GBP'000            GBP'000 
-------------------------                     ----------------- 
 
 Revenue                         4,265              4,282 
-------------------------                     ----------------- 
 (Loss)/profit for the 
  period                         (214)                24 
-------------------------                     ----------------- 
 Operating (loss)/profit         (210)                24 
-------------------------                     ----------------- 
 (Loss)/profit per share        (0.84 p)            0.09 p 
-------------------------                     ----------------- 
 

Clement Chambers

CEO

27 March 2019

A copy of this announcement is available on the Company's website, at www.onlineblockchain.io

Enquiries:

For further information please contact:

 
 
 Online Blockchain PLC 
  Michael Hodges                                    44 (0) 207 070 0909 
 
 Beaumont Cornish Limited (Nominated 
  Adviser) 
  www.beaumontcornish.com                          +44 (0) 207 628 3396 
 Roland Cornish/Michael Cornish 
 Smaller Company Capital Limited 
  (Broker) 
  Jeremy Woodgate                                  +44 (0) 203 651 2910 
 
 Cassiopeia Ltd (Investor Relations) 
  Stefania Barbaglio                        stefania@cassiopeia-ltd.com 
 
 
 

The information contained within this announcement is deemed to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulations (EU) No. 596/2014. The person who arranged for the release of this announcement on behalf of the Company was Michael Hodges, Director.

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income

for the six months ended 31 December 2018

 
                                        Six months   Six months 
                                             ended        ended  Year ended 
                                       31 December  31 December     30 June 
                                              2018         2017        2018 
                                         Unaudited    Unaudited     Audited 
                                           GBP'000      GBP'000     GBP'000 
                                 Note 
Revenue                                         26           32          56 
Cost of sales                                  (7)            -         (2) 
                                       -----------  -----------  ---------- 
 
                                                19           32          54 
 
Share based payment                           (14)          (3)        (15) 
Other administrative expenses                (243)         (21)       (297) 
                                       -----------  -----------  ---------- 
 
Total administrative expenses                (257)         (24)       (312) 
                                       -----------  -----------  ---------- 
 
Operating (loss)/profit                      (238)            8       (258) 
 
Finance income and expense                       -         (15)         (1) 
Share of post-tax loss of 
 equity accounted associate                   (38)            -          71 
                                       -----------  -----------  ---------- 
 
Loss before taxation                         (276)          (7)       (188) 
Taxation                                         -            -           - 
                                       -----------  -----------  ---------- 
Loss and total comprehensive 
 income 
 for the period attributable 
 to shareholders of the parent               (276)          (7)       (188) 
                                       ===========  ===========  ========== 
 
 
Loss per share 
Basic loss per ordinary share     2       (3.19 p)     (0.09 p)    (2.32 p) 
Diluted loss per ordinary 
 share                            2       (3.19 p)     (0.09 p)    (2.32 p) 
                                       ===========  ===========  ========== 
 
 
 

.

Consolidated balance sheet

at 31 December 2018

 
                                           31 December       31 December           30 June 
                                                  2018              2017              2018 
                                             Unaudited         Unaudited           Audited 
                                               GBP'000           GBP'000           GBP'000 
Assets                          Note 
Non-current assets 
Property, plant and equipment                       56                 -                65 
Other receivables                                    6                 -                 6 
Investment in associate          3               1,210             1,174             1,243 
Other equity investments                             4                 -                 - 
                                      ----------------  ----------------  ---------------- 
 
                                                 1,276             1,174             1,314 
Current assets 
Trade and other receivables                        214               159               183 
Cash and cash equivalents                          389                 -               652 
                                      ----------------  ----------------  ---------------- 
 
                                                   603               159               835 
 
Total assets                                     1,879             1,333             2,149 
                                      ================  ================  ================ 
 
Equity and liabilities 
Equity 
Issued capital                                   3,292             3,242             3,292 
Share premium                                    3,155             2,205             3,155 
Share based payment reserve                         66                39                51 
Retained earnings                              (4,680)           (4,226)           (4,409) 
                                      ----------------  ----------------  ---------------- 
 
                                                 1,833             1,260             2,089 
 
Current liabilities 
Trade and other payables                            46                24                60 
Borrowings (bank overdraft)                          -                49                 - 
                                      ----------------  ----------------  ---------------- 
 
                                                    46                73                60 
 
Total equity and liabilities                     1,879             1,333             2,149 
                                      ================  ================  ================ 
 
 
 

Statement of changes in equity

at 31 December 2018

 
                                         Share      Share      Share    Retained     Total 
                                       capital    premium      based    earnings    equity 
                                                             payment 
                                                             reserve 
                                       GBP'000    GBP'000    GBP'000     GBP'000   GBP'000 
 
 At 1 July 2017                          3,242      2,205         36     (4,219)     1,264 
 
 Equity settled share options                -          -          3           -         3 
 
 Transactions with owners                    -          -          3           -         3 
 
 Loss for the period after 
  tax                                        -          -          -         (7)       (7) 
 
 Total comprehensive loss                    -          -          -         (7)       (7) 
                                     ---------  ---------  ---------  ----------  -------- 
 
 At 31 December 2017                     3,242      2,205         39     (4,226)     1,260 
 
 Equity settled share options                -          -         12           -        12 
 Issue of shares                            50        950          -           -     1,000 
                                     ---------  ---------  ---------  ----------  -------- 
 
 Transactions with owners                   50        950         12           -     1,012 
 
 Net asset movements of associates           -          -          -         (2)       (2) 
 
 Loss for the period after 
  tax                                        -          -          -       (181)     (181) 
                                     ---------  ---------  ---------  ----------  -------- 
 
 Total comprehensive loss                    -          -          -       (181)     (181) 
                                     ---------  ---------  ---------  ----------  -------- 
 
 At 30 June 2018                         3,292      3,155         51     (4,409)     2,089 
 
 Equity settled share options                -          -         15           -        15 
                                     ---------  ---------  ---------  ----------  -------- 
 
 Transactions with owners                    -          -         15           -        15 
 
 Net asset movements of associate            -          -          -           5         5 
 
 Total comprehensive loss for 
  the period                                 -          -          -       (276)     (276) 
                                     ---------  ---------  ---------  ----------  -------- 
 
 At 31 December 2018                     3,292      3,155         66     (4,680)     1,833 
 
 

Consolidated cash flow statement

for the six months ended 31 December 2018

 
                                              Six months     Six months 
                                                   ended          ended      Year ended 
                                             31 December    31 December 
                                                    2018           2017    30 June 2018 
                                               Unaudited      Unaudited         Audited 
                                                 GBP'000        GBP'000         GBP'000 
 
Cash flows from operating activities 
Loss for the period                                (276)            (7)           (188) 
 
Profit/(loss) from equity accounted 
 associate                                            38              -            (71) 
Net finance income in the income 
 statement                                             -              -               1 
Depreciation of property, plant 
 & equipment                                          12              -               5 
Share based payments                                  15              3              15 
(Increase)/decrease in trade and 
 other receivables                                  (31)           (34)            (64) 
(Decrease)/increase in trade and 
 other payables                                     (14)           (13)              23 
                                          --------------  -------------  -------------- 
 
Net cash used by operating activities              (256)           (51)           (279) 
Income tax receivable                                  -              -               - 
                                          --------------  -------------  -------------- 
 
Net generated by operating activities              (256)           (51)           (279) 
 
Cash flows from financing activities 
Issue of share capital                                 -              -           1,000 
Interest paid                                          -              -             (1) 
                                          --------------  -------------  -------------- 
 
Net cash generated/(used) by financing 
 activities                                            -              -             999 
 
Cash flows from investing activities 
Investment in equity shares                          (4)              -               - 
Payments for property plant and 
 equipment                                           (3)              -            (70) 
                                          --------------  -------------  -------------- 
 
Net cash used by investing activities                (7)              -            (70) 
                                          --------------  -------------  -------------- 
 
(Decrease)/increase in cash and 
 cash equivalents                                  (263)           (51)             650 
Cash and cash equivalents at the 
 start of the period                                 652              2               2 
                                          --------------  -------------  -------------- 
 
Cash and cash equivalents at the 
 end of the period                                   389           (49)             652 
                                          ==============  =============  ============== 
 
 

Cash and cash equivalents

 
                                 Six months     Six months 
                                      ended          ended    Year ended 
                                31 December    31 December 
                                       2018           2017  30 June 2018 
                                  Unaudited      Unaudited       Audited 
                                    GBP'000        GBP'000       GBP'000 
 
Cash at bank                            389              -           652 
Borrowings (bank overdraft)               -           (49)             - 
                               ------------  -------------  ------------ 
 
                                        389           (49)           652 
                               ============  =============  ============ 
 
 

Notes to the interim statements

   1.             Legal status and activities 

Online Blockchain Plc ("the Company") is principally acting as an incubator and developer of businesses in internet and information-based technologies including developers, administrators and custodians of blockchains and cryptocurrencies.

The company is a public limited liability company incorporated and domiciled in England and Wales. The address of its registered office is Suite 27, Essex Technology Centre, The Gables, Fyfield Road, Ongar, Essex, CM5 0GA.

The Company is quoted on the Alternative Investment Market ("AIM") of the London Stock Exchange.

   2.             Basis of preparation 

The unaudited consolidated financial information is for the six month period ended 31 December 2018. The financial information does not include all the information required for full annual financial statements and should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements of the Group for the year ended 30 June 2018, which were prepared under IFRS as adopted by the European Union (EU).

The accounting policies adopted in this report are consistent with those of the annual financial statements for the year to 30 June 2018 except as described below.

The financial statements are presented in Sterling (GBP) rounded to the nearest thousand except where specified.

The interim financial information does not include all the information required for full annual financial statements and should be read in conjunction with the financial statements of the company for the year ended 30 June 2018.

The interim financial information has been prepared on the going concern basis which assumes the company will continue in existence for the foreseeable future. The remaining cash reserves are adequate to meet the Group's liabilities for the next 12 months. No material uncertainties that cast significant doubt about the ability of the company to continue as a going concern have been identified by the directors. Accordingly, the directors, believe it is appropriate for the interim financial statement to be prepared on the going concern basis.

The interim financial information has not been audited nor has it been reviewed under ISRE 2410 of the Auditing Practices Board. The financial information presented does not constitute statutory accounts as defined by section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. The company statutory accounts for the year to 30 June 2018 have been filed with the Registrar of Companies. The auditors, Grant Thornton UK LLP reported on these accounts and their report was unqualified and did not contain a statement under section 498(2) or Section 498(3) of the Companies Act 2006.

New standards adopted in the period:

IFRS 15 - Revenue

The standard was adopted for the period commencing 1 July 2018. The standard defines a new five step model to recognise revenue from customers and will apply to the Group as follows:

Fees charged for marketing and advertising - revenue is recognised at the completion of the project.

Mining - revenue from mining crypto-currency is recognised at receipt of cash.

IFRS 9 Financial Instruments

The standard was adopted for the period commencing 1 July 2018. The treatment of any doubtful receivables changed to reflect an expected credit loss rather than an incurred credit loss.

The adoption of the above standards has not had a material impact on the financial statements.

New standards not yet adopted:

IFRS 16 Leases

The standard will be adopted in the period commencing 1 July 2019. Under the provisions of the new standard most leases, including the majority of those previously classified as operating leases, will be brought onto the financial position statement as a right-of-use asset and as an offsetting lease liability. The directors are considering the impact of the new standards on the Group's accounting policies and more information will be provided in the annual report for the year ended 30 June 2019.

Notes to the interim statements

   3.             Loss per ordinary share 
 
                                Six months   Six months       Year to 
                                        to           to 
                               31 Dec 2018  31 Dec 2017  30 June 2018 
                                   GBP'000      GBP'000       GBP'000 
 
Loss for the period                  (276)          (7)         (188) 
 
                                    Shares       Shares        Shares 
Weighted average number of 
 Ordinary shares                 8,662,348    7,662,348     8,130,841 
Dilutive effect of options               -            -             - 
                               -----------  -----------  ------------ 
Weighted average Ordinary 
 shares for diluted earnings 
 per share                       8,662,348    7,662,348     8,130,841 
                               ===========  ===========  ============ 
 
Loss per share 
Basic earnings per share          (3.19 p)     (0.09 p)      (2.32 p) 
Diluted earnings per share        (3.19 p)     (0.09 p)      (2.32 p) 
                               ===========  ===========  ============ 
 
 
 

Where a loss occurs the diluted loss per share does not differ from the basic loss per share as the exercise of share options would have the effect of reducing the loss per share and is therefore not dilutive.

In addition, where a profit has been recorded but the average share price for the period remains under the exercise price the existence of options is not dilutive.

   4.             Investments in associate undertakings 
 
                                 Six months   Six months     Year 
                                      ended        ended    ended 
                                31 December  31 December  30 June 
                                       2018         2017     2018 
                                    GBP'000      GBP'000  GBP'000 
 
At historical cost                      868          868      868 
 
At market value                       1,175        1,451    1,428 
 
Percentage ownership                 17.98%       17.98%   17.98% 
 
 
Total net assets of ADVFN 
 Plc                                  1,902        1,659    2,083 
Percentage ownership interest 
 held by the group                   17.98%       17.98%   17.98% 
 
Share of net assets of ADVFN 
 Plc                                    342          306      375 
Cost of investment in ADVFN 
 Plc                                    868          868      868 
                                -----------  -----------  ------- 
 
                                      1,210        1,174    1,243 
                                ===========  ===========  ======= 
 

Notes to the interim statements

Investments in associate undertakings (continued)

The Company owns 17.98% (2017: 17.98%) of ADVFN plc (ADVFN) which is incorporated in England and Wales and whose principal activity is the development and provision of financial information, primarily via the internet, research services and the development and exploitation of ancillary internet sites.

The investment in ADVFN plc is treated for the purposes of financial reporting as an associate due to the common directorships held between ADVFN plc and On-line plc and the resulting level of significant influence over the associate.

   5.            Events after the balance sheet date 

There are no events of significance occurring after the balance sheet date to report.

   6.             Dividends 

The directors do not recommend the payment of a dividend.

   7.            Financial statements 

Copies of these accounts are available from the Company's registered office at Suite 27, Essex Technology Centre, The Gables, Fyfield Road, Ongar, Essex, CM5 0GA or from Companies House, Crown Way, Maindy, Cardiff, CF14 3UZ.

www.companieshouse.gov.uk

and from the Online Blockchain plc website:

www.onlineblockchain.io

This information is provided by RNS, the news service of the London Stock Exchange. RNS is approved by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a Primary Information Provider in the United Kingdom. Terms and conditions relating to the use and distribution of this information may apply. For further information, please contact rns@lseg.com or visit www.rns.com.

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