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Aptitude Software Group PLC

28 July 2021

28 July 2021

APTITUDE SOFTWARE GROUP plc

('Aptitude Software' or 'the Group')

Interim Results for the six months ended

30 June 2021

Aptitude Software Group plc (LSE: APTD), a specialist provider of finance transformation and automation software, reports its unaudited results for the six months ended 30 June 2021.

Financial Highlights

 
  Six months ended 30 June                                     2021         2020        % Change 
  Annual Recurring Revenue (1) at 30 June                    GBP32.2m    GBP29.1m(2)      +11% 
                                                           ----------  -------------  ---------- 
 
    *    Software and subscription revenue                   GBP16.7m     GBP14.7m        +14% 
                                                           ----------  -------------  ---------- 
 
    *    Implementation and solution management services 
         revenue                                             GBP10.9m     GBP14.4m        -24% 
                                                           ----------  -------------  ---------- 
  Total Revenue                                              GBP27.6m     GBP29.1m        -5% 
                                                           ----------  -------------  ---------- 
  Cash and cash equivalents                                  GBP46.8m     GBP30.9m        +51% 
                                                           ----------  -------------  ---------- 
  Adjusted Operating Margin                                   18.5%         17.5%         +1% 
                                                           ----------  -------------  ---------- 
  Adjusted Operating Profit(3)                               GBP5.1m       GBP5.1m         - 
                                                           ----------  -------------  ---------- 
  Statutory operating profit                                 GBP4.7m       GBP4.5m        +4% 
                                                           ----------  -------------  ---------- 
  Interim ordinary dividend per share                          1.8p         1.8p           - 
                                                           ----------  -------------  ---------- 
 

-- Continued new business success across all the Group's key regions and strategic products driving year on year growth in Annual Recurring Revenue ('ARR') of 11% on a constant currency(2) basis

-- Software and subscription revenue, the strategic focus of the Group, grew 14% to GBP16.7 million (H1 2020: GBP14.7 million), representing 61% of total revenue (H1 2020: 51%) for the six months ended 30 June 2021

-- Adjusted Operating Profit of GBP5.1 million (H1 2020: GBP5.1 million) ahead of the Board's forecasts for the first half, driven by the strengthening of implementation services revenue above forecast, leading to an increase in profit expectations for the full year of approximately 10%

-- Strong balance sheet with cash of GBP46.8 million (H1 2020: GBP30.9 million), net funds(5) of GBP45.4 million (H1 2020: GBP29.2 million (5) ) and no bank loans. This financial strength positions the business well for acquisition opportunities whilst also providing confidence to our clients and prospects

   --    Interim dividend of 1.8 pence per share (H1 2020: 1.8 pence per share) 

Strategic and Operational Highlights:

-- A number of multi-year subscription agreements signed with insurers for the use of Aptitude Insurance Calculation Engine and Aptitude Accounting Hub to drive strategic compliance in addition to providing the foundation for wider finance automation

-- Continued new business success with Aptitude Revenue Management, a product well positioned to address the demands of the subscription economy; including a growing number of clients in new industry verticals, increasing the size of Aptitude Software's addressable market

-- Continued upsell within the client base, including both the sale of new products and Solution Management Services

-- Increased levels of activity in all regions, a trend first experienced in North America in Q4 2020, although some sales cycles remain extended due to the impact of the pandemic

-- Further growth in the proportion of clients adopting Software-as-a-Service ('SaaS'), capitalising on the increasing stimulus for organisations to undertake finance transformation in the cloud. SaaS subscription fees now account for 26% of the total ARR on 30 June 2021 (30 June 2020: 19%)

-- The partner programme, a key source of new business opportunities in all regions, continues to progress with further partner enablement achieved in the first half of the year

-- Continued investment in the Aptitude Innovation Centre in Poland, an increasing focus of activity for the Group

Commenting on the results, Jeremy Suddards, Chief Executive Officer, said:

'The Group made continued strategic and operational progress in the first half of 2021 with all key products and regions contributing to a good new business performance, capitalising on the accelerated move to the cloud. Particular success was achieved with the insurance market in both APAC and Europe as a more typical business environment returned in those markets.

Aptitude Software continues to benefit from a focused portfolio of product and service offerings, a now established SaaS capability, increasing worldwide presence and a strengthening partner network. With ever increasing stimuli for organisations to drive greater automation into their finance functions, these assets and capabilities position the Group well to be able to fully realise the growing opportunity ahead in both its existing verticals as well as in new sectors.'

Contacts

Aptitude Software Group plc

Ivan Martin, Chairman 020-3687-3200

Jeremy Suddards, Chief Executive Officer

Philip Wood, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer

Alma PR

Caroline Forde, Sam Modlin 020-3405-0205

About Aptitude Software

Aptitude Software's innovative solutions address the growing trend for finance automation, whether part of a broad digital finance transformation by a client or to address specific regulatory requirements. Our various products take data from complex systems, typically with multiple siloed data sources across multiple business entities, automate complex accounting calculations and create a unified view of finance. This allows our clients to reap numerous benefits including significant efficiencies, business insights, enhanced control and regulatory compliance.

Our clients include some of the world's largest companies, typically organisations with complex financial data and technology landscapes. Development, together with a growing number of other services, continues to be performed at the Aptitude Innovation Centre in Poland with sales, support and implementation services provided from Aptitude Software's offices in London, North America and Singapore.

www.aptitudesoftware.com

Throughout this announcement:

(1) Annual Recurring Revenue ('ARR') is the value of Aptitude Software's software and subscription recurring revenue at a specific point in time, normalised to a one-year period. ARR includes recurring revenues contracted but yet to commence and excludes recurring revenues which are currently being received but are known to be terminating in the future.

(2) Constant currency is calculated by comparing the H1 2021 results with H1 2020 results retranslated at the rates of exchange prevailing during H1 2021. Items within the Financial Highlights table indicated by this superscript reference are calculated on a constant currency basis.

(3) Adjusted Operating Profit, Adjusted Operating Margin and Adjusted Basic Earnings per Share exclude non-underlying operating items, unless stated to the contrary. Further detail in respect of the non-underlying operating items can be found within Note 6.

(4) Net retention is the total value of on-going Annual Recurring Revenue at the period-end from clients in place twelve months earlier as a percentage of the opening Annual Recurring Revenue from those clients on a constant currency basis

(5) Net funds represents cash and cash equivalents less finance obligations, which are currently limited to capital lease obligations

Certain non-IFRS financial measures (e.g. Adjusted Operating Profit) are included which assist management in comparing performance on a consistent basis

Overview

Aptitude Software made both strategic and operational progress in the first half of 2021 as the Group's key markets continued to recover from the disruption caused by the onset of the pandemic in 2020.

The Group achieved a good number of new business wins and contract expansions in the insurance and technology, media and telecom ('TMT') sectors, with all key products and regions contributing . These additions led to Annual Recurring Revenue increasing to GBP32.2 million on 30 June 2021, representing year on year growth of 11% on a constant currency basis (31 December 2020: GBP30.9 million, 30 June 2020: GBP29.1 million, both restated for the prevailing exchange rates on 30 June 2021).

Benefitting from the launch of the Aptitude Accounting Hub and Aptitude Insurance Calculation Engine as SaaS offerings in the second half of 2020, the Group has continued to capitalise on the strategic trend towards SaaS with nearly all new clients now contracting for this service. Supplementing these new business successes is the growth of the Group's Solution Management Services ('SMS') offering which, whilst not included within the Group's Annual Recurring Revenue, are recurring in nature. During the first half of the year a number of multi-year agreements have been secured for this service with existing clients, across all key products and markets.

Continued strengthening of the Group's high-quality partner network has also been achieved. In addition to an increase in pipeline generation from partners, with particular progress in Asia, a number of new organisations have been enabled to implement Aptitude Software's products for the first time, providing our clients with an increasing choice of partners with whom to implement the Group's technology. Whilst future growth in the demand for services is expected to be increasingly fulfilled by the Group's strengthening partner network, revenue generated in 2021 from Aptitude Software's own implementation services capability is expected to increase ahead of previous expectations as demand strengthens, particularly from the existing client base. This strengthening of implementation services revenue is anticipated to increase 2021 profits ahead of the Board's prior expectations by approximately 10%.

Aptitude Software, with its focused portfolio of product and service offerings, increasing worldwide presence and strengthening partner network is well positioned and the Board looks forward to the year ahead with confidence.

Corporate Strategy

Aptitude Software's strategy is focused on providing innovative software to the office of the CFO within large international businesses.

The Group undertook a number of strategic activities during the first half of 2021, with details of these provided in the sections below. These activities are focused on driving an acceleration of growth in the software and subscription revenues which now represent 61% of overall revenue (H1 2020: 51%). The growth in the proportion of such revenues in the business will, in due course, lead to both an increase in operating margins, given the higher margins achievable from these recurring revenues, and even greater future revenue visibility.

Market Drivers and Opportunities

The three market drivers of smart compliance, finance automation and finance transformation in the cloud continue to provide a significant opportunity for the business with the benefits of the Group's technologies being increasingly recognised both in our current industries and in adjacent verticals . The Group's revenue management products in particular are well positioned to address the fast growing subscription economy, a business model that is expanding into a number of new sectors for the first time.

In addition to the opportunity for the Group's technology in new verticals, the addressable market in North America continues to grow. North America is already Aptitude Software's largest source of revenue, and is the market experiencing the fastest move to finance automation and benefitting from the most developed partner network. Given these dynamics, North America will increasingly be a focus for future Go-to-Market investment in the Group.

Software-as-a-Service ('SaaS') Progression

The Group has continued to successfully leverage its established SaaS capabilities during the first half of 2021, securing new multi-year agreements with several organisations. The successes achieved are underpinned by the ability of the business to deploy all its key products as SaaS offerings, capitalising on the accelerated move to the cloud that the industry continues to experience.

Nearly all new clients now choose to deploy the Group's software in this way leading to SaaS subscription fees as a proportion of Annual Recurring Revenue increasing to 26% on 30 June 2021 (H1 2020: 19%). Whilst there are some existing on-premise clients planning to migrate to SaaS, a material movement is not anticipated in the short term given the investment in clients' infrastructure supporting our technology.

Partner Network

The growth and development of Aptitude Software's high-quality partner network, which includes deepening relationships with the Big 4 accounting firms, continues to be a strategic priority. Whilst many prospects are sourced directly by the Group's own sales and marketing teams, the global reach of our partners and the depth of their relationships with large businesses provide Aptitude Software with an increasing number of advanced opportunities, enhanced market coverage and intelligence.

In addition to the new business benefits provided by the partner network, the implementation expertise and capabilities of our partners supports the Group's strategic drive to increase software and subscription fees faster than its services, leading to a richer revenue mix. During the first half of 2021, a number of new organisations have been enabled to implement Aptitude Software's products for the first time, providing our clients with an increasing choice of partners with whom to implement the Group's technology.

Acquisitions

Aptitude Software's corporate strategy is focused on organic growth, however, the Group's strong financial position, together with its experience of successfully identifying and integrating acquisitions, provides the Group with the opportunity to accelerate growth. During the first half of 2021, the business increased its acquisition activity with the development of a pipeline of actively monitored opportunities which fit the criteria of accelerating the product strategy and/or providing entry into adjacent markets for the Group where its core product suite could meet further demand.

Aptitude Innovation Centre

Investment continues in the team at the Aptitude Innovation Centre, our long-established integrated centre of excellence in Poland which continues to be a material differentiator for the Group. As well as now encompassing the development of the Group's entire product suite, the Aptitude Innovation Centre is the Group's technology headquarters having become an increasing focal point for the Group's cloud operations, support activities and growing Solution Management Services offering.

Headcount at the Aptitude Innovation Centre increased by 10% during the first half of 2021 to 178, a trend expected to continue into 2022 and beyond as investment in the evolution of our technology increases to support the evolving market requirements.

In order to facilitate this continued growth and further encourage effective collaboration and innovation, the Group has commenced a search to locate a new modern facility for the Aptitude Innovation Centre close to our existing premises in Wroclaw, Poland.

Our People

Aptitude Software's continued progress has been achieved through the exceptional quality of its people. The team is very talented, committed and works incredibly hard. The Board wishes to thank its employees for both their outstanding commitment and the continued excellent support they are providing to the business and to our clients and partners.

Aptitude Software continues to progress its approach to diversity and inclusion and has established an advocacy group with representation from across our global team. The business is committed to creating a work environment that supports everyone to flourish and our Diversity and Inclusion Advocacy Group will be responsible for shaping and supporting our ambition and objectives in this important area.

To ensure the Group continues to attract and retain the most talented of individuals, the business has continued to build on the investments in our people which were initiated in the prior year. A particular highlight of this programme is the further strengthening of the Group's training and enablement function and roll out of a new Learning Management System to support our employees, clients and partners.

Our employees have shown tremendous resilience during the pandemic and have worked very effectively from home during this period. With restrictions easing or ending in many of our global locations the Group is now looking forward to a more normal working environment. Following extensive consultation with its employees, Aptitude Software is adopting a hybrid way of working, combining the successfully implemented remote working framework in place during the pandemic with a level of office presence to ensure we foster both collaboration and social interactions, which are so important both for the sparking of innovations but also the mental well-being of our people.

Our Products

Aptitude Accounting Hub

The Group continues to leverage the capabilities of the Aptitude Accounting Hub ('AAH'), securing new agreements with a number of organisations as they seek to automate and transform their finance functions.

Supplementing this new business growth was the entry into a strategic contract to licence AAH concurrently with the Aptitude Insurance Calculation Engine to the insurance business of an existing major European banking client.

The opportunity for AAH remains significant across all our key industries and is central to Aptitude Software's approach in addressing our clients need to drive finance automation to continue the transformation of their finance functions . The application centralises and automates finance, accounting and reporting processes, creating a deep level of operational intelligence for our clients. It also delivers a consolidated, yet highly granular, single view of financial data which enhances business insights to enable decision making. AAH can be used on a standalone basis or in conjunction with other Aptitude Software applications. Clients can, and do, choose to implement AAH either before, at the same time, or after the implementation of a specialised accounting calculation engine such as Aptitude Revenue Management.

Aptitude Revenue Management

The Group's two revenue management applications, Aptitude Revenue Recognition Engine and Aptitude RevStream, collectively Aptitude Revenue Management ('ARM'), have continued to make good progress in the first half of 2021. Aptitude RevStream, in particular, continues to achieve new business success with a highlight in the first half of the year being a sale to a North American telco.

The two applications within ARM enable finance teams to further automate their revenue management functions to address the demands of the subscription economy , with the market opportunity now extending beyond our current industries into adjacent verticals including high-tech advanced industries and medical devices.

The applications simplify the whole revenue lifecycle, from contract order to revenue recognition, reporting and forecasting and go significantly beyond core IFRS 15 / ASC 606 compliance to allow total control over complex revenue management for all contract types ranging from subscription-based revenue models to complex multi-part or bundled contracts. This capability allows businesses to understand and control centrally the financial impact of all their commercial propositions, the quality of their revenue types as well as providing new and valuable insights to support future business decision making such as the introduction of new products in different markets.

Aptitude Insurance Calculation Engine

Further progress with the Aptitude Insurance Calculation Engine ('AICE'), the application addressing the requirements of IFRS 17 (effective for accounting periods commencing 1 January 2023), has been achieved in the first half of 2021. In addition to the entry into a licence agreement with the insurance business of a leading European Bank, a multi-year subscription agreement was signed with a global insurer for the use of the Group's IFRS 17 Comply application, a simplified and pre-configured package of the existing IFRS 17 solution designed to provide a faster and more efficient path to IFRS 17 compliance, the first deal of its kind.

AICE is a strategic, transformational investment providing value to an insurer beyond compliance. It enables data insights and decision support delivering long-term business benefits. Development of the product has continued in the first half of year with a number of new innovative capabilities being added, particularly in the area of simulation and forecasting, these capabilities are expected to expand the footprint with existing accounts.

The compliance-focused elements of the application mean that, with the effective date of IFRS 17 adoption moving closer, an acceleration in prospect activity has been seen particularly with small and mid-sized participants who have yet to finalise their plans.

Our Services

Implementation Services

Aptitude Software provides implementation services to its clients, with the scale of such services depending on the nature of the application, the size of the opportunity and the balance of responsibilities between Aptitude Software and its partners. The business continues to expand the enablement of its partner network to facilitate their ability to implement Aptitude Software's product suite reliably and efficiently. Whilst this enablement will lead to a greater proportion of services being provided by partners, it remains important to maintain a high quality delivery capability to ensure that the Group can continue to support its partners and provide its expertise to those clients who wish to receive our services directly.

Whilst below prior year levels, demand for Aptitude Software's own implementation services in the short and medium term is higher than the Board's previously lowered expectations, particularly from the existing client base.

Solution Management Services

The Group's Solution Management Services ('SMS') continue to grow providing Aptitude Software with managed services revenue which is recurring in nature and typically contracted on multi-year agreements. SMS revenues are currently not included within the Group's Annual Recurring Revenue.

Whilst the majority of overall services revenue is associated with the implementation of Aptitude Software's applications, there is a growing percentage of revenues derived from Solution Management Services, with multiple Aptitude Accounting Hub, Aptitude Insurance Calculation Engine and Aptitude Revenue Management clients contracting for this service across the Group's key sectors and geographies. During the first half of 2021, a number of further successes were achieved including the entry into a material multi-year agreement with an Aptitude Lease Accounting Engine client, the first of its kind.

This service extends the responsibilities of Aptitude Software beyond traditional software maintenance services to include those that have typically been performed by the clients' own IT teams. These include the monitoring of system performance, user administration, release management and functional enhancements. The team providing these remote services to our clients is now of critical mass and able to provide efficiencies to our clients. Clients benefit from the reduced requirement to establish internal technical teams focused on our complex applications allowing them to focus on their core business activities. We expect the service (which continues to be a focus of investment in the business) to enhance the operation and longevity of applications within major clients, while the long term and recurring nature of the associated income is expected to provide greater certainty and visibility to the Group's services revenues.

Financial Performance

The Group delivered a strong financial performance in the period, with continued growth in SaaS revenues supported by a greater than anticipated level of implementation services revenue. Customer retention rates remained high and ARR grew despite the disrupted markets.

The strength of the Group's balance sheet, high levels of recurring revenue and strong cash generation provide the Group with considerable financial strength with which to execute on its growth strategy.

Revenue

Software and Subscription Revenues

Aptitude Software's Annual Recurring Revenue ('ARR') at 30 June 2021 totalled GBP32.2 million (31 December 2020: GBP30.9 million, 30 June 2020: GBP29.1 million, both restated for the prevailing exchange rates at 30 June 2021), representing year on year growth of 11% on a constant currency basis. This result, achieved in disrupted markets, provides the Group with confidence of a return to its historically higher growth rate once the effects of the pandemic, particularly experienced in the middle quarters of 2020, are over.

ARR is the key financial metric for the Group. Included within ARR are Aptitude Software's annual licence fees and maintenance for its on-premise clients and subscription fees for the Group's SaaS clients. The proportion of clients deploying software using SaaS has continued to grow with SaaS subscription fees accounting for 26% of the total ARR on 30 June 2021 (30 June 2020: 19%).

Highlighting the expansion of our existing customer relationships, net retention in the 12 months to 30 June 2021 was 102% (H1 2020: 101%) (measured by the total value of on-going ARR at the period-end from clients in place twelve months earlier as a percentage of the opening ARR from those clients on a constant currency basis).

Software and subscription revenues recognised in the six months ended 30 June 2021 increased by 14% to GBP16.7 million (H1 2020: GBP14.7 million). These now represent 61% of overall revenue (H1 2020: 51%). It is a key part of the Group's strategy to increase this percentage whilst maximising the growth rate of Aptitude Software's ARR, a strategy which in due course will lead to growth in operating margin given the margin differential between software and services revenues.

Implementation and Solution Management Services

Services revenue totalled GBP10.9 million for the six months ended 30 June 2021 (H1 2020: GBP14.4 million) of which 86% is attributable to the implementation of our software with the balance of 14% generated from Solution Management Services which, whilst not included in the Group's Annual Recurring Revenue, are recurring in nature. Implementation services revenues were stronger than the previously lowered expectations due to greater than anticipated demand from the Group's existing client base.

Research and Development Expenditure

Total expenditure on product management, research and development in the six months ended 30 June 2021 increased to GBP4.4 million (H1 2020: GBP3.8 million) as the Group continues to invest in the evolution of our technology through the growth in both new and existing product development teams.

The Board has continued to determine that none of the internal research and development costs incurred during the first half of the year meet the criteria for capitalisation. Consequently, these have been expensed as incurred through the income statement.

Operating Profit and Margins

Adjusted Operating Profit for the six months ended 30 June 2021 was ahead of the Board's expectations at GBP5.1 million, driven by the strengthening of implementation services revenue above forecast (H1 2020: GBP5.1 million). Operating profit on a statutory basis was GBP4.7 million (H1 2020: GBP4.5 million). Adjusted Operating Margin for the period remained resilient at 18.5% (H1 2020: 17.5%) despite the Group continuing to prioritise investment across a number of functions.

Foreign Exchange

With 55% (H1 2020: 53%) of the Group's revenues being generated from North American clients, the majority of which are invoiced in US Dollars, the financial results are impacted by changes in the US dollar exchange rate. Aptitude Software's H1 2020 revenue and Adjusted Operating Profit would have been reported at GBP28.4 million and GBP5.0 million respectively on a constant currency basis (compared to actual result of GBP29.1 million and GBP5.1 million). Constant currency is calculated by comparing the 2021 results with 2020 results retranslated at the rates of exchange prevailing during 2021.

Non-Underlying Items

Non-underlying items of GBP0.4 million (H1 2020: GBP0.6 million) comprises intangible amortisation, with the increased amount in 2020 in relation to the final separation costs incurred as part of the disposal of the Microgen Financial Systems business.

Taxation

The total tax charge of GBP0.8 million (H1 2020: GBP1.1 million) represents 17% of the Group's profit before tax (H1 2020: 24%), with the reduction against the United Kingdom corporate tax rate of 19% and H1 2020 levels due to the Group's ability to receive additional tax relief on its research and development expenditure. This additional relief is expected to continue into future years.

Statutory Results

The Group reported a profit for the period attributable to equity shareholders of GBP3.9 million (H1 2020: GBP3.5 million).

Earnings per Share

Adjusted Basic Earnings per Share and Basic Earnings per Share increased to 7.3 pence and 6.8 pence (H1 2020: 6.7 pence and 6.0 pence), growth of 9% and 13% respectively.

Dividend

An interim dividend of 1.8 pence per share is proposed (2020: 1.8 pence). The interim dividend will be payable on 27 August 2021 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 6 August 2021.

Balance Sheet

The Group continues to have a strong balance sheet with net assets at 30 June 2021 of GBP53.0 million (H1 2020: GBP48.3 million), including cash of GBP46.8 million (H1 2020: GBP30.9 million), net funds of GBP45.4 million (H1 2020: GBP29.2 million) and no bank loan. Trade receivables (net) have reduced to GBP6.3 million (H1 2020: GBP10.7 million), a reduction of GBP4.4 million due to the timing of receipt of annual licence fee and subscription invoices issued. The growth in the Group's recurring revenues resulted in deferred income increasing to GBP24.1 million at 30 June 2021 (H1 2020: GBP22.2 million). The Group's cash collection disciplines remain strong with DSO (debtor days) improving at 30 June 2021 to 35 (H1 2020: 60).

Statement on Principal Risks and Uncertainties

Pursuant to the requirements of the Disclosure and Transparency Rules the Group provides the following information on its principal risks and uncertainties. The Group considers strategic, operational and financial risks and identifies actions to mitigate those risks. These risk profiles are updated at least annually. The principal risks and uncertainties detailed within the Group's 2020 Annual Report remain applicable for the first six months of the financial year. The Group's 2020 Annual Report is available from the Aptitude Software website: www.aptitudesoftware.com/investor-relations/

Related party transactions during the period are disclosed in Note 17.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM INCOME STATEMENT

For the six months ended 30 June 2021

 
                              Unaudited six months ended                   Unaudited six months ended                   Audited year ended 31 Dec 
                                      30 Jun 2021                                  30 Jun 2020                                     2020 
                              Before                                       Before                                       Before 
                      Non-underlying   Non-underlying              Non-underlying   Non-underlying              Non-underlying   Non-underlying 
               Note            items            items      Total            items            items      Total            items            items      Total 
 Continuing 
 operations                   GBP000           GBP000     GBP000           GBP000           GBP000     GBP000           GBP000           GBP000     GBP000 
 Revenue        5             27,635                -     27,635           29,129                -     29,129           57,266                -     57,266 
 Operating 
  costs        5/6          (22,520)            (423)   (22,943)         (24,034)            (563)   (24,597)         (48,155)            (964)   (49,119) 
                     ---------------  ---------------  ---------  ---------------  ---------------  ---------  ---------------  ---------------  --------- 
 Operating 
  profit       5/6             5,115            (423)      4,692            5,095            (563)      4,532            9,111            (964)      8,147 
 Finance 
  income                           5                -          5               50                -         50               61                -         61 
 Finance 
  costs                         (44)                -       (44)             (42)                -       (42)            (100)                -      (100) 
                     ---------------  ---------------  ---------  ---------------  ---------------  ---------  ---------------  ---------------  --------- 
 Profit 
  before 
  income 
  tax                          5,076            (423)      4,653            5,103            (563)      4,540            9,072            (964)      8,108 
 Income tax 
  expense       7              (914)              123      (791)          (1,225)              135    (1,090)          (1,585)              514    (1,071) 
 Profit for 
  the period                   4,162            (300)      3,862            3,878            (428)      3,450            7,487            (450)      7,037 
                     ===============  ===============  =========  ===============  ===============  =========  ===============  ===============  ========= 
 Earnings per share 
 Basic          8                                           6.8p                                         6.0p                                        12.5p 
                                                       ---------                                    ---------                                    --------- 
 Diluted        8                                           6.8p                                         5.9p                                        12.3p 
                                                       ---------                                    ---------                                    --------- 
 
 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

For the six months ended 30 June 2021

 
                                                   Unaudited     Unaudited   Audited 
                                                  six months    six months      year 
                                                       ended         ended     ended 
                                                      30 Jun        30 Jun    31 Dec 
                                                        2021          2020      2020 
                                                      GBP000        GBP000    GBP000 
 
 Profit for the period                                 3,862         3,450     7,037 
                                                ------------  ------------  -------- 
 Other comprehensive (expense)/income 
 Items that may subsequently be reclassified 
  to profit or loss: 
 Fair value (loss)/gain on hedged 
  financial instruments                                (141)           210        45 
 Currency translation difference                       (219)            30     (988) 
 Other comprehensive (expense)/income 
  for the period, net of tax                           (360)           240     (943) 
                                                ------------  ------------  -------- 
 
   Total comprehensive income for the 
   period                                              3,502         3,690     6,094 
                                                ============  ============  ======== 
 
 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM BALANCE SHEET

As at 30 June 2021

 
                                                 Unaudited   Unaudited    Audited 
                                                     as at       as at      as at 
                                                    30 Jun      30 Jun     31 Dec 
                                          Note        2021        2020       2020 
 ASSETS                                             GBP000      GBP000     GBP000 
 Non-current assets 
 Property, plant and equipment 
  including right-of-use assets            11        1,902       2,558      2,394 
 Goodwill                                           23,787      23,787     23,787 
 Intangible assets                                   5,217       6,063      5,640 
 Other long-term assets                              1,644       1,886      1,472 
 Income tax assets                                       -           -        642 
 Deferred tax assets                                   448         703        448 
                                                    32,998      34,997     34,383 
                                                ----------  ----------  --------- 
 Current assets 
 Trade and other receivables              12         8,606      13,031      7,782 
 Financial assets 
 - derivative financial instruments                     37         121         62 
 Current income tax assets                             898       1,555      1,161 
 Cash and cash equivalents                          46,759      30,887     44,822 
                                                ----------  ----------  --------- 
 Total current assets                               56,300      45,594     53,827 
                                                ----------  ----------  --------- 
 Total assets                                       89,298      80,591     88,210 
                                                ----------  ----------  --------- 
 
 LIABILITIES 
 Current liabilities 
 Financial liabilities 
  - derivative financial instruments                 (250)        (28)      (133) 
 Trade and other payables                 13      (32,800)    (28,641)   (33,652) 
 Capital lease obligations                14         (563)       (479)      (881) 
 Current income tax liabilities                      (245)       (206)      (247) 
 Provisions                               15         (240)        (38)          - 
                                                  (34,098)    (29,392)   (34,913) 
                                                ----------  ----------  --------- 
 Net current assets                                 22,202      16,202     18,914 
                                                ----------  ----------  --------- 
 
 Non-current liabilities 
 Capital lease obligations                14         (786)     (1,122)      (972) 
 Provisions                               15         (196)       (404)      (441) 
 Deferred tax liabilities                          (1,236)     (1,358)    (1,236) 
                                                ----------  ----------  --------- 
                                                   (2,218)     (2,884)    (2,649) 
                                                ----------  ----------  --------- 
 NET ASSETS                                         52,982      48,315     50,648 
                                                ==========  ==========  ========= 
 
 
            Unaudited     Unaudited     Audited 
                as at         as at       as at 
               30 Jun        30 Jun      31 Dec 
     Note        2021          2020        2020 
               GBP000        GBP000      GBP000 
 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM BALANCE SHEET

As at 30 June 2021

 
 SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY 
 Share capital                   16     4,156     4,140     4,143 
 Share premium account           16     8,382     7,720     7,828 
 Capital redemption reserve            12,372    12,372    12,372 
 Other reserves                        33,983    34,289    34,124 
 Accumulated losses                   (4,038)   (9,570)   (6,165) 
 Foreign currency translation 
  reserve                             (1,873)     (636)   (1,654) 
                                     --------  --------  -------- 
 TOTAL EQUITY                          52,982    48,315    50,648 
                                     ========  ========  ======== 
 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

For the six months ended 30 June 2021

 
                                                                         Foreign 
                                              Share                     currency       Capital 
                                   Share    premium   Accumulated    translation    redemption       Other 
                                 capital    account        losses        reserve       reserve    reserves     Total 
                                  GBP000     GBP000        GBP000         GBP000       GBP'000      GBP000    GBP000 
 
 Total equity as at 
  1 January 2021                   4,143      7,828       (6,165)        (1,654)        12,372      34,124    50,648 
                             -----------  ---------  ------------  -------------  ------------  ----------  -------- 
 Comprehensive income 
 Profit for the period                 -          -         3,862              -             -           -     3,862 
 Cash flow hedges 
  - net fair value 
   losses                              -          -             -              -             -       (141)     (141) 
 Exchange rate adjustments             -          -             -          (219)             -           -     (219) 
                             -----------  ---------  ------------  -------------  ------------  ----------  -------- 
 
 Total comprehensive 
  income for the period                -          -         3,862          (219)             -       (141)     3,502 
                             -----------  ---------  ------------  -------------  ------------  ----------  -------- 
 Shares issued under 
  share option schemes                13        554             -              -             -           -       567 
 Share options - value 
  of employee service                  -          -           303              -             -           -       303 
 Dividends to equity 
  holders of the company               -          -       (2,038)              -             -           -   (2,038) 
 
 Total contributions 
  by and distributions 
  to owners of the company 
  recognised directly 
  into equity                         13        554       (1,735)              -             -           -   (1,168) 
                             -----------  ---------  ------------  -------------  ------------  ----------  -------- 
 Balance at 30 June 
  2021 (unaudited)                 4,156      8,382       (4,038)        (1,873)        12,372      33,983    52,982 
                             ===========  =========  ============  =============  ============  ==========  ======== 
 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

For the six months ended 30 June 2020

 
                                                                         Foreign 
                                              Share                     currency       Capital 
                                   Share    premium   Accumulated    translation    redemption       Other 
                                 capital    account        losses        reserve       reserve    reserves     Total 
                                  GBP000     GBP000        GBP000         GBP000       GBP'000      GBP000    GBP000 
 
 Total equity as at 
  1 January 2020                   4,128      7,660      (11,149)          (666)        12,372      34,079    46,424 
                             -----------  ---------  ------------  -------------  ------------  ----------  -------- 
 Comprehensive income 
 Profit for the period                 -          -         3,450              -             -           -     3,450 
 Cash flow hedges 
  - net fair value 
   gains                               -          -             -              -             -         210       210 
 Exchange rate adjustments             -          -             -             30             -           -        30 
                             -----------  ---------  ------------  -------------  ------------  ----------  -------- 
 
 Total comprehensive 
  income for the period                -          -         3,450             30             -         210     3,690 
                             -----------  ---------  ------------  -------------  ------------  ----------  -------- 
 Shares issued under 
  share option schemes                12         60             -              -             -           -        72 
 Share options - value 
  of employee service                  -          -           159              -             -           -       159 
 Dividends to equity 
  holders of the company               -          -       (2,030)              -             -           -   (2,030) 
 
 Total contributions 
  by and distributions 
  to owners of the company 
  recognised directly 
  into equity                         12         60       (1,871)              -             -           -   (1,799) 
                             -----------  ---------  ------------  -------------  ------------  ----------  -------- 
 Balance at 30 June 
  2020 (unaudited)                 4,140      7,720       (9,570)          (636)        12,372      34,289    48,315 
                             ===========  =========  ============  =============  ============  ==========  ======== 
 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

For the six months ended 30 June 2021

 
                                                                      Unaudited          Unaudited       Audited 
                                                               six months ended   six months ended    year ended 
                                                        Note        30 Jun 2021        30 Jun 2020   31 Dec 2020 
                                                                         GBP000             GBP000        GBP000 
 Cash flows from operating activities 
 Cash generated from operations                            9              4,212                925        16,238 
 Interest paid                                                             (44)               (42)         (100) 
 Income tax received/(paid)                                                 346              (439)           281 
 
 Net cash flows generated from operating activities                       4,514                444        16,419 
                                                              -----------------  -----------------  ------------ 
 
 Cash flows from investing activities 
 Purchase of property, plant and equipment                                (194)              (131)         (232) 
 Interest received                                                            5                 50            61 
 Net cash used in investing activities                                    (189)               (81)         (171) 
                                                              -----------------  -----------------  ------------ 
 
 Cash flows from financing activities 
 Net proceeds from issuance of ordinary shares            16                567                 72           183 
 Dividends paid to company's shareholders                 10            (2,038)            (2,030)       (3,044) 
 Repayment of capital lease obligations                                   (548)              (489)         (924) 
 Net cash used in financing activities                                  (2,019)            (2,447)       (3,785) 
                                                              -----------------  -----------------  ------------ 
 
 Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents                     2,306            (2,084)        12,463 
 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period                        44,822             32,965        32,965 
                                                                          (369)                  6         (606) 
 Exchange rate (losses)/gains on cash and cash equivalents 
 Cash and cash equivalents at end of period                              46,759             30,887        44,822 
                                                              =================  =================  ============ 
 

NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

   1.        General information 

Aptitude Software Group plc (the 'Company') and its subsidiaries (together, the 'Group') is a specialist provider of innovative software to the finance functions of large global businesses.

The Company is a public limited company incorporated and domiciled in England and Wales with a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange. The address of its registered office is Old Change House, 128 Queen Victoria Street, London, England, EC4V 4BJ.

These condensed consolidated interim financial statements were approved for issue on 27 July 2021.

These condensed consolidated interim financial statements do not comprise statutory accounts within the meaning of section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. Statutory accounts for the year ended 31 December 2020 were approved by the Board of directors on 9 March 2021 and delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The report of the auditors on those accounts was unqualified, did not contain an emphasis of matter paragraph and did not contain any statement under section 498 of the Companies Act 2006.

   2.       Basis of preparation 

These condensed consolidated interim financial statements for the six months ended 30 June 2021 have not been audited or reviewed by the auditors. The interims have been prepared in accordance with the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the Financial Services Authority and with IAS 34, 'Interim financial reporting' as adopted pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1606/2002 as it applies in the European Union. These condensed consolidated interim financial statements should be read in conjunction with the annual financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2020, which have been prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the European Union.

After reviewing the Company's forecasts and projections, the Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. In particular, these forecasts considered the future impact on the Group of COVID-19 outlined in the overview section. The Company therefore continues to adopt the going concern basis in preparing its financial statements.

A scenario testing exercise was also performed for the three years 2022, 2023 and 2024, with several different sets of assumptions modelled including some more pessimistic than current indications may suggest. In all scenarios Aptitude Software remains comfortably profitable and cash generative in the years under review,

   3.       Accounting policies 

The accounting policies adopted are consistent with those of the previous financial statements, except as described below.

Taxes on income in the interim periods are accrued using the tax rate that would be applicable to expected total annual profits.

New and amended standards and interpretations need to be adopted in the first interim financial statements issued after their effective date. There are no new IFRSs or IFRICs that are effective for the first time for this interim period that would be expected to have a material impact on the financial statements.

   4.       Estimates 

The preparation of interim financial statements requires management to make judgements, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of accounting policies and the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, income and expense. Actual results may differ from these estimates. In preparing these condensed consolidated interim financial statements, the significant judgements made by management in applying the Group's accounting policies and the key sources of estimation uncertainty were the same as those that applied to the consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2020, with the exception of changes in estimates that are required in determining the provision for income taxes.

Fair value estimation

Financial instruments not measured at fair value

Financial instruments not measured at fair value includes cash and cash equivalents, trade and other receivables, trade and other payables, and loans and borrowings. However, due to their short-term nature and ability to be liquidated at short notice their carrying value approximates to their fair value.

Financial instruments measured at fair value

The fair value hierarchy of the financial instruments measured at fair value is provided below.

 
                                                                     Level 2 inputs 
                                                                  Unaudited      Unaudited 
                                                                 six months     six months 
                                                                      ended          ended 
                                                                30 Jun 2021    30 Jun 2020 
                                                                    GBP'000        GBP'000 
 Financial assets 
 Derivative financial assets (designated hedge instruments)              37            121 
                                                                         37            121 
                                                              =============  ============= 
 
 
 Financial liabilities 
 Derivative financial liabilities (designated hedge instruments)    (250)   (28) 
                                                                    (250)   (28) 
                                                                   ======  ===== 
 

The derivative financial assets and liabilities have been valued using the market approach and are considered to be Level 2 inputs. There were no changes to the valuation techniques used in the year. There were no transfers between levels during the year.

   5.       Segmental information 

Business segments

The only business segment during both periods presented was Aptitude Software and therefore certain segmental analysis is not required.

Geographical segments

The Group has two geographical segments for reporting purposes, the United Kingdom and the Rest of the World.

The following table provides an analysis of the Group's sales by origin and by destination.

 
                             Sales revenue by origin      Sales revenue by destination 
                              Unaudited      Unaudited        Unaudited       Unaudited 
                             six months     six months       six months      six months 
                                  ended          ended            ended           ended 
                            30 Jun 2021    30 Jun 2020      30 Jun 2021     30 Jun 2020 
                                 GBP000         GBP000           GBP000          GBP000 
 Continuing operations 
 United Kingdom                  14,526         16,050            3,912           4,729 
 Rest of World                   13,109         13,079           23,723          24,400 
                                 27,635         29,129           27,635          29,129 
                          -------------  -------------  ---------------  -------------- 
 

The Group derives revenue from the transfer of goods and services in the following major categories and geographical regions, these being the United Kingdom ('UK') and Rest of the World ('RoW'):

 
 
 
 Unaudited six months ended 30 June 2021 
                             Software related revenue       Services related revenue 
                                 UK       RoW     Total         UK       RoW     Total    Total 
                             GBP000    GBP000    GBP000     GBP000    GBP000    GBP000   GBP000 
 Revenue from external 
  clients                     2,685    14,047    16,732      1,227     9,676    10,903   27,635 
                          =========  ========  ========  =========  ========  ========  ======= 
 
 Unaudited six months ended 30 June 2020 
                             Software related revenue       Services related revenue 
                                 UK       RoW     Total         UK       RoW     Total    Total 
                             GBP000    GBP000    GBP000     GBP000    GBP000    GBP000   GBP000 
 Revenue from external 
  clients                     2,615    12,080    14,695      2,114    12,320    14,434   29,129 
                          =========  ========  ========  =========  ========  ========  ======= 
 
   5.       Segmental information 

All of the revenue displayed in the above table is recognised over time in line with the Group's accounting policy detailed on pages 84 to 87 of the Aptitude Software Group plc 2020 Annual Report and has been generated from contracts with clients.

The following is an analysis of the carrying amount of non-current assets (excluding deferred and income tax assets), and additions to property, plant and equipment and intangible assets (excluding right-of-use asset additions resulting from property lease agreements) and intangible assets, analysed by the geographical area in which the assets are located.

 
                        Carrying amount of 
                         non-current assets           Capital expenditure 
                       Unaudited      Unaudited      Unaudited      Unaudited 
                      six months     six months     six months     six months 
                           ended          ended          ended          ended 
                     30 Jun 2021    30 Jun 2020    30 Jun 2021    30 Jun 2020 
                          GBP000         GBP000         GBP000         GBP000 
 
 United Kingdom           16,497         17,417             37             55 
 Rest of World            16,053         16,877            157             76 
                          32,550         34,294            194            131 
                   -------------  -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 

The Company's business is to invest in its subsidiaries and, therefore, it operates in a single segment.

   6.       Non-underlying items 
 
                                                   Unaudited            Unaudited              Audited 
                                                  six months           six months                 year 
                                           ended 30 Jun 2021    ended 30 Jun 2020    ended 31 Dec 2020 
                                                      GBP000               GBP000               GBP000 
 
 Continuing operations 
 Amortisation of acquired intangibles                    423                  423                  846 
 Group reorganisation costs                                -                  140                  118 
                                                              ------------------- 
                                                         423                  563                  964 
                                         -------------------  -------------------  ------------------- 
 
   7.       Income tax expense 

Income tax expense is recognised based on management's estimate of the weighted average income tax rate expected for the full financial year of 17% (the estimated tax rate for the six months ended 30 June 2020 was 24%). The reduction against the United Kingdom corporation tax rate of 19% and H1 2020 levels is due to the Group's ability to receive additional tax relief on its research and development expenditure.

During the six-month period to 30 June 2021, the Group received refunds from the UK tax authority in respect of the benefit it obtained from additional research and development relief and share option deductions in prior periods driving the GBP346,000 net tax receipt for the period.

 
 8. Earnings per share                         Unaudited 
                           Unaudited six      six months        Audited 
                            months ended    ended 30 Jun     year ended 
                             30 Jun 2021            2020    31 Dec 2020 
                                   pence           pence          pence 
 
 Earnings per share 
 Basic                               6.8             6.0           12.5 
                          --------------  --------------  ------------- 
 
 Diluted                             6.8             5.9           12.3 
                          --------------  --------------  ------------- 
 
 
                                               Unaudited 
                           Unaudited six      six months        Audited 
                            months ended    ended 30 Jun     year ended 
                             30 Jun 2021            2020    31 Dec 2020 
                                   pence           pence          pence 
 Adjusted earnings per 
  share 
 Basic                               7.3             6.7           13.2 
 
 Diluted                             7.3             6.6           13.0 
                          --------------  --------------  ------------- 
 
 

To provide an indication of the underlying operating performance the adjusted earnings per share calculation above excludes intangible amortisation and other non-underlying items and has a tax charge based on the effective rate.

 
                                                     Unaudited 
                                 Unaudited six      six months        Audited 
                                  months ended    ended 30 Jun     year ended 
                                   30 Jun 2021            2020    31 Dec 2020 
                                         pence           pence          pence 
 
 Basic earnings per share                  6.8             6.0           12.5 
 Non-underlying items                      0.5             0.7            0.8 
 Prior years' tax credit                     -               -          (0.1) 
 Adjusted earnings per share               7.3             6.7           13.2 
                                --------------  --------------  ------------- 
 
   9.       Cash generated from operations 
 
                                                               Unaudited        Audited 
                                                Unaudited     six months           year 
                                         six months ended          ended          ended 
                                              30 Jun 2021    30 Jun 2020    31 Dec 2020 
                                                   GBP000         GBP000         GBP000 
 
 Profit before tax for the period                   4,653          4,540          8,108 
 
 Adjusted for: 
   Depreciation                                       648            823          1,573 
   Amortisation                                       423            423            846 
   Share-based payment expense                        303            159            337 
   Finance income                                     (5)           (50)           (61) 
   Finance costs                                       44             42            100 
 
 Changes in working capital: 
 (Increase)/decrease in receivables                 (997)        (3,512)          1,917 
 (Decrease)/increase in payables                    (852)        (1,518)          3,484 
 (Decrease)/increase in provisions                    (5)             18           (66) 
 
 Cash generated from operations                     4,212            925         16,238 
                                       ==================  =============  ============= 
 
   10.      Dividends 

The interim dividend of 1.8 pence per share (2020: 1.8 pence per share) was approved by the Board on 27 July 2021. It is payable on 27 August 2021 to shareholders on the register at 6 August 2021. This interim dividend has not been included as a liability in this interim financial information. It will be recognised in shareholders' equity in the year to 31 December 2021. A final dividend of GBP2,038,000 was paid in May 2021 and relates to the year ending 31 December 2020 (2020: final dividend GBP2,030,000).

   11.      Property, plant and equipment including right-of-use assets 
 
                                                           Unaudited               Unaudited 
                                                          six months              six months 
                                                               ended                   ended 
                                                         30 Jun 2021             30 Jun 2020 
                                                              GBP000                  GBP000 
 Opening net book amount 1 January                             2,394                   3,207 
 Additions                                                       194                     131 
 Exchange movements                                             (38)                      43 
 Depreciation                                                  (648)                   (823) 
 Closing net book amount 30 June (unaudited)                   1,902                   2,558 
                                                  ==================  ====================== 
 
 

The Group has not placed any contracts for future capital expenditure which have not been provided for in the financial statements.

   12.      Trade and other receivables 
 
                                                         Unaudited         Unaudited 
                                                        six months        six months 
                                                             ended             ended 
                                                       30 Jun 2021       30 Jun 2020 
                                                            GBP000            GBP000 
 Trade receivables - net                                     6,292            10,724 
 Other receivables                                             328               672 
 Prepayments                                                 1,498             1,171 
 Accrued income                                                488               464 
 Closing net book amount 30 June (unaudited)                 8,606            13,031 
                                                  ================  ================ 
 

Contract assets and contract liabilities only comprise accrued and deferred income respectively. Within the trade receivables balance of GBP6,292,000 (30 June 2020: GBP10,724,000) there are balances totalling GBP484,000 (30 June 2020: GBP2,385,000) which, at 30 June 2021 were overdue for payment. The reduction of GBP4,432,000 in trade receivables from prior period levels is due to the timing of receipt of annual licence fee and subscription invoices issued. During July 2020, significant receipts totalling GBP3,900,000 were collected against the total receivables balance at 30 June 2020.

   13.      Trade and other payables 
 
                                                           Unaudited           Unaudited 
                                                          six months          six months 
                                                               ended               ended 
                                                         30 Jun 2021         30 Jun 2020 
                                                              GBP000              GBP000 
 Trade payables                                                  713                 620 
 Other tax and social security 
  payable                                                      1,720               1,311 
 Other payables                                                  128                 128 
 Accruals                                                      6,116               4,347 
 Deferred income                                              24,123              22,235 
 Closing net book amount 30 June (unaudited)                  32,800              28,641 
                                                  ==================  ================== 
 
   14.      Capital lease obligations 
 
                                                                  Unaudited 
                                                    Unaudited    six months 
                                                   six months         ended 
                                                        ended        30 Jun 
                                                  30 Jun 2021          2020 
                                                       GBP000        GBP000 
 Amounts payable under capital 
  lease arrangements: 
 Within one year                                          606           531 
 Within two to five years                                 838         1,096 
 After five years                                           -           114 
 Total                                                  1,444         1,741 
 Less: future finance charges                            (95)         (140) 
                                                -------------  ------------ 
 Present value of lease obligations                     1,349         1,601 
 Less: Amount due for settlement within 12 
  months (shown under current liabilities               (563)         (479) 
                                                               ------------ 
 As at 30 June                                            786         1,122 
                                                -------------  ------------ 
 
     14.      Capital lease obligations (continued) 
 
                                                                       Unaudited 
                                                         Unaudited    six months 
                                                        six months         ended 
                                                             ended        30 Jun 
                                                       30 Jun 2021          2020 
 The present value of financial lease liabilities 
  is split as follows:                                      GBP000        GBP000 
 Within one year                                               563           479 
 Within two to five years                                      786         1,008 
 After five years                                                -           114 
                                                     -------------  ------------ 
                                                             1,349         1,601 
                                                     =============  ============ 
 
   15.      Provisions 
 
                                                                     Unaudited 
                                              Unaudited             six months 
                                       six months ended                  ended 
                                            30 Jun 2021            30 Jun 2020 
                                                 GBP000                 GBP000 
 At 1 January                                       441                    375 
 Charged to income statement                          -                     60 
 Exchange movements                                 (5)                      7 
                                  ---------------------  --------------------- 
 At 30 June                                         436                    442 
                                  =====================  ===================== 
                                                      Unaudited      Unaudited 
                                                     six months     six months 
                                                          ended          ended 
                                                    30 Jun 2021    30 Jun 2020 
                                                         GBP000         GBP000 
                                 Current                    240             38 
                                 Non-current                196            404 
                                 At 30 June                 436            442 
                                                  =============  ============= 
 

GBP 382,000 of the total provision at 30 June 2021 of GBP 436,000 relates to the cost of dilapidations in respect of its occupied leasehold premises (30 June 2020: GBP442,000).

   16.      Share capital 
 
                                           Unaudited               Unaudited 
                                        six months ended        six months ended 
                                          30 Jun 2021             30 Jun 2020 
 Ordinary share capital at               Number   Ordinary       Number   Ordinary 
  7 1/3 pence each                    of shares     Shares    of shares     Shares 
                                            000     GBP000          000     GBP000 
 Issued and fully paid: 
 Opening balance as at 1 January         56,429      4,143       56,218      4,128 
 Shares issued under share 
  option schemes                            182         13          160         12 
 At 30 June (unaudited)                  56,611      4,156       56,378      4,140 
                                    -----------  ---------  -----------  --------- 
 
 
   16.      Share capital (continued) 

Employee share option scheme options exercised during the period to 30 June 2021 resulted in 182,291 shares being issued (30 June 2020: 159,992). The total net proceeds from the issuance of shares during the period was GBP567,000 (30 June 2020: GBP72,000) with GBP13,000 (30 June 2020: GBP12,000) of this being recognised within share capital, being the nominal value of shares issued. The remaining amount represents the premium on issue which is detailed in the table below. The related weighted average share price at the time of exercise was GBP6.74 per share (30 June 2020: GBP3.73).

Share premium

 
                                                        Unaudited      Unaudited 
                                                       six months     six months 
                                                            ended          ended 
                                                      30 Jun 2021    30 Jun 2020 
                                                           GBP000         GBP000 
 Opening balance as at 1 January                            7,828          7,660 
 Movement in relation to share options exercised              554             60 
 Closing balance as at 30 June (unaudited)                  8,382          7,720 
                                                    =============  ============= 
 
   17.      Related party transactions 

Transactions between the Company and its subsidiaries, which are related parties, have been eliminated on consolidation.

During 2020, the Group entered into transactions with a subsidiary of FDM Group (Holdings) plc, a company for which Peter Whiting (non-executive Director of Aptitude Software Group plc) is currently a non-executive Director. FDM Group (Holdings) plc provided consultancy services to the Group during the six-month period ended 30 June 2020 at a cost of GBP164,000. No such transactions have been entered into for the six-month period ended 30 June 2021

There were no other related party transactions during the six-month period ended 30 June 2021 (30 June 2020: GBPnil), as defined by International Accounting Standard No 24 'Related Party Disclosures', except for key management compensation. The related party transactions for the year ended 31 December 2020 as defined by International Accounting Standard No 24 'Related Party Disclosures' are disclosed in note 31 of the Aptitude Software Group plc Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2020.

   18.      Statement of directors' responsibilities 

The Directors confirm that these condensed interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, 'Interim Financial Reporting', as adopted by the European Union and that the interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.7 and DTR 4.2.8, namely:

-- an indication of important events that have occurred during the first six months and their impact on the condensed set of financial statements, and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the financial year; and

   --      material related-party transactions in the first six months and any material changes in the related-party transactions described in the last annual report. 

The Directors of Aptitude Software Group plc are listed in the Aptitude Software Group plc Annual Report for 31 December 2020. A list of current directors is maintained on the Aptitude Software Group plc website: www.aptitudesoftware.com/investor-relations/

Copies of this statement are available on the investor relations page of our website ( www.aptitudesoftware.com/investor-relations/ ).

By order of the Board

Philip Wood

27 July 2021

Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer

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