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RNS Number : 1941K

Sabien Technology Group PLC

31 August 2021

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of EU Regulation 596/2014. The directors take responsibility for this announcement.

(Replacement for RNS 1047k - now includes link to Annal Report)

31 August 2021

Sabien Technology Group plc

("Sabien" or the "Company" or the "Group")

Final Results and Audited Annual Report and Accounts for the Year to 30 June 2021

(AIM: SNT)

Final Results

The Board of Directors of Sabien is pleased to announce the publication of the audited annual report and accounts for the year to 30 June 2021 (the "Annual Report").

Sabien Technology Group highlights 2021

   --      Sales for the year GBP0.97m (2020: GBP0.45m) 
   --      Loss before tax GBP0.5m (2020: GBP1.41m loss) 
   --      Sales from Alliance Partners GBP0.04m (2020: GBP0.01m) 
   --      Overseas sales GBP0.04m (2020: GBP0.02m) 

-- Exceptional costs of GBP0.18m in relation to legal and professional fees incurred in relation to the aborted acquisition and potential reverse takeover of Ptarmigan Health Destinations SA ("PHD")

   --      Fund raises of GBP1.7m (gross) 
   --      Net cash balance at 30 June 2021 was GBP1.22m (30 June 2020: GBP0.60m) 

Highlights since the year end

   --      Sales of GBP49k to 26 August 2021 
   --      Orders received but not yet invoiced to 26 August 2021 GBP24k 
   --      Net cash balance at 26 August 2021 of GBP1.17m 

The Annual Report will be published on the Company's website in compliance with its articles of association and the electronic communications provisions of the Companies Act 2006. A copy of the Annual Report can also be accessed through the link below.

   Annual Report    http://www.rns-pdf.londonstockexchange.com/rns/1941K_1-2021-8-31.pdf 

Key extracts from the Annual Report can also be viewed below.

Richard Parris, Executive Chairman, commented,

"Sabien's strategy has been developed and will evolve further through the evolution of the "Green Economy". For example, the UK has committed to achieving a net-zero economy by 2050. The US, across its different markets, is setting similar targets within equivalent timeframes.

These ambitious goals demand equally ambitious innovation in products, services, and technology. Sabien is committed to building a portfolio of businesses which are involved directly in the application of emerging and developed technology to the emerging Green Economy. It will do so through organic, partnership and acquisition-led development. "

The Company will make the notice of the forthcoming Annual General Meeting available on the Sabien website in early September and will notify shareholders once it is available.

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For further information please contact:

 
 For Further Information: 
  Sabien Technology Group plc 
  Richard Parris, Executive Chairman     +44 20 7993 3700 
 Allenby Capital Limited (Nominated 
  Adviser) 
  John Depasquale / Nick Harris           +44 203 328 5656 
 Peterhouse Capital Limited (Broker) 
  Duncan Vasey / Lucy Williams          +44 207 469 0930 
 

Chairman's Statement

The growth of the "Green Economy" has been notable during the last 12 months. Innovation has accelerated, driven by the changed circumstances in which we find ourselves. Investment has followed, as investors have recognised that this trend is secular rather than temporary. Specific areas of macro-economic focus have informed and supported the Sabien strategy. Demographic, technological and resource change are all likely to accelerate. In combination, the Board believes that these trends will contribute to a "Green Economic" boom over the coming decades.

Our mission as a Board is to prepare for this scenario and, having done so, deliver. Our vision is to establish a portfolio of businesses, all linked by reference to the "Green Economy" with clear economic relationships with markets whose dynamics are changing. We have identified key areas for development including wider industrial heating markets, non-refrigerant based cooling, battery recycling and reproduction, and waste to energy sectors together with a number of other "green energy" environmental opportunities in a variety of markets.

Sabien's transition to this more broadly based "Green Economy" focus has been backed by an impressive financial performance. In the year to 30 June 2021, the Group has generated revenue of GBP0.97m (2020: GBP0.45m), with GBP0.56m recorded in the second half, an increase of 87% on the GBP0.30m for the same period in the previous year.

Looking to the current year, I would highlight two key metrics. Sabien carries GBP43k of orders into 2021 and, as at 30 June 2021, the Group had cash in hand of GBP1.40m (2020: GBP0.78m) following the raising of GBP1.7m (gross) during the year.

The security which our forward orders and cash position provides is supporting our planned expansion: operationally and strategically.

Operationally, Sabien has extended the application of its M2G technology with its Cloud-based subscription service now available across more than five sites within public sector, sports, and pharmaceutical manufacturing locations. Allied to this important development, Sabien has signed an agreement with Lockular to provide robust data security. Lockular's platform is agnostic as to which operations are contained on it and, as a result, this agreement provides scalability, Big Data collection and AI insights for further acquisitions which the Company may make, potentially decreasing the time required to generate value. In combination, these actions have given the Company confidence to commit to the next generation of M2G, integrating remote commercial boiler management within a single Cloud-enabled device.

Strategically, the Company made an investment into Aeristech, a leading manufacturer of components for hydrogen fuel cells, secured a GBP400k contract with a UK Government department for the use of M2G technology, and formed a US subsidiary from which it will source US acquisition opportunities in addition to expanding the US market for Sabien's European products and services.

Management strength in depth is critical to bringing strategic initiatives into operational success. During the year under review, Sabien has strengthened its management team with the appointments of Ed Sutcliffe as Chief Financial Officer, Danny Mills as President of the U.S. subsidiary, Sabien Inc., Dr. Athan Fox as Chief Scientific Officer, Tom Sprunt as Managing Director (non-Board) and Ranald McGregor-Smith as non-executive director.

Mr. Sutcliffe is a Chartered Accountant and brings a wealth of private and listed company experience to the board. Mr. Mills is a US-based investor and technology operator who has worked with Sabien's leadership for a number of years. In combination with Richard Parris' work in US markets, Mr. Mills provides the necessary experience to benefit from President Biden's Plan for a Clean Energy Revolution and Environmental Justice. Dr. Fox's experience encompasses organic chemistry, intellectual property prosecution, technology transfer and fund raising for research, technology and innovation. Through Dr. Fox's work, Sabien is confident of a value-creating entry to the waste-to-energy market. Mr. Sprunt has many years' commercial experience in the boiler management industry. Mr McGregor-Smith is a corporate financier whose experience at senior level within a number of key financial institutions will be invaluable to the Company as it develops.

In all cases, the new appointments bring a wealth of relevant experience and understanding of key markets for the Company.

The strengthened Board of Sabien faces an array of opportunities within its chosen market areas. In market capitalisation terms, Sabien is a small company listed on AIM. Executing an expansion strategy via acquisition can be challenging and expensive due to necessary market regulation. The Board will not be deterred by these challenges, and we are actively considering innovative structures within which to maximise the returns to shareholders as soon as possible while minimising execution expenses.

As previously announced, during the year the Board was disappointed to be unable to complete the acquisition and associated reverse takeover of PHD. Sabien was unable to secure the required Swiss and UK regulatory approvals in sufficient time to avoid the cancellation of trading in the Company's ordinary shares on the AIM Market. Therefore, the Board took the decision to withdraw from the transaction. Following this withdrawal, C├ędriane de Boucaud Truell and Marco Nijhof stepped down from the Sabien Board to continue PHD's growth plans. The Board thanks C├ędriane and Marco for their efforts.

Following the re-admission to trading of Sabien's shares we have accomplished a lot. All initiatives were undertaken to sustain and improve the long-term capability of Sabien Technology to deliver. The Board is committed to ensuring that these accomplishments, and those to come, are delivered to the advantage of shareholders, now and in the future.

Group Statement of Comprehensive Income for the year to 30 June 2021

 
                                                               2021       2020 
                                          Notes             GBP'000    GBP'000 
   Revenue                                                      971        454 
   Cost of sales                                              (153)       (89) 
   Gross profit                                                 818        365 
   Administrative expenses                                  (1,182)    (1,250) 
   Exceptional item                          6                (180)      (579) 
   Operating loss                            5                (544)    (1,464) 
   Other income                              9                   35         55 
   Finance expenses                                               -          - 
   Loss before tax                                            (509)    (1,409) 
   Tax credit                                10                   -          - 
   Loss for the year attributable 
    to equity holders of the parent 
    company                                                   (509)    (1,409) 
   Other comprehensive income                                     -          - 
   Total comprehensive income 
    for the year                                              (509)    (1,409) 
   Loss per share in pence - basic          11               (6.22)     (0.11) 
   Loss per share in pence - diluted        11               (6.22)     (0.11) 
 

Group Statement of Financial Position as at 30 June 2021

 
                                                Group                Company 
                                              2021     2020      2021       2020 
                                    Notes  GBP'000  GBP'000   GBP'000    GBP'000 
   ASSETS 
   Non-current assets 
   Property, plant and equipment     12         35       17         -          - 
   Intangible assets                 13         57      104         -          - 
   Investments                       14        100        -       100          - 
   Total non-current assets                    192      121       100          - 
   Current assets 
   Inventories                       15         24       39         -          - 
   Trade and other receivables       16         51       83       180        450 
   Cash and bank balances            17      1,399      778       977        596 
   Total current assets                      1,474      900     1,157      1,046 
   TOTAL ASSETS                              1,666    1,021     1,257      1,046 
   EQUITY AND LIABILITIES 
   Current liabilities 
   Trade and other payables          18        161      627        99        515 
   Borrowings                        19         36        -         -          - 
   Total current liabilities                   197      627        99        515 
   Non-current liabilities 
   Borrowings                        19        145      181         -          - 
   Total non-current liabilities               145      181         -          - 
   EQUITY 
   Equity attributable to equity 
    holders of the parent 
   Share capital                     20      3,350    3,058     3,350      3,058 
   Other reserves                            3,509    2,181     3,509      2,181 
   Retained earnings                       (5,535)  (5,026)   (5,701)    (4,708) 
   Total equity                              1,324      213     1,158        531 
   TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES              1,666    1,021     1,257      1,046 
 

Group Statement of Cashflows for the year to 30 June 2021

 
 
                                                               Group          Company 
                                                2021         2020        2021        2020 
                                                GBP'000      GBP'000     GBP'000     GBP'000 
   Cash flows from operating activities 
   Loss before taxation                           (509)      (1,409)     (993)         (890) 
   Adjustments for: 
   Depreciation and amortisation                     51           53           -           - 
   Loss on disposal of fixed assets                  11            1           -           - 
   Impairment of investment in subsidiary             -            -           -         160 
   Decrease / (increase) in trade 
    and other receivables                            32           34         284       (396) 
   Decrease in inventories                           15           15           -           - 
   (Decrease)/increase in trade and 
    other payables                                (466)          491       (430)         488 
   Net cash outflow from operating 
    activities                                    (866)        (815)     (1,139)       (638) 
   Cash flows from investing activities 
   Investments acquired                           (100)            -       (100)       (160) 
   Purchase of property, plant and 
    equipment                                      (33)          (3)           -           - 
   Net cash used in investing activities          (133)          (3)       (100)       (160) 
 
     Cash flows from financing activities 
   Proceeds from borrowings                           -          181           -           - 
   Proceeds from share issues                     1,700          726       1,700         726 
   Share issue costs                               (80)         (49)        (80)        (49) 
   Net cash generated by financing 
    activities                                    1,620          858       1,620         677 
   Net increase/(decrease) in cash 
    and cash equivalents                            621           40         381       (121) 
   Cash and cash equivalents at the 
    beginning of the year                           778          738         596         717 
   Cash and cash equivalents at the 
    end of 
    the year                                      1,399          778         977         596 
 
   Cash and cash equivalents comprise: 
   Cash and cash equivalents                      1,399          778         977         596 
   Invoice financing (included in 
    other payables)                                   -            -           -           - 
                                                  1,399          778         977         596 
 

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