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NetScientific PLC
23 September 2014
 



 

NetScientific plc

('NetScientific' or 'the Company' or 'the Group')

 

Half-Yearly Report

 

 

23 September 2014: NetScientific (AIM: NSCI), the global biomedical and healthcare technology group today announces its half yearly report for the six months ended 30 June 2014.

 

Highlights

 

§ Significant progress made in advancing the technologies in two core subsidiaries, WandaHealth and Vortex Biosciences.

 

§ New commercial partnership with Peter Thiel's Breakout Labs which provides

NetScientific with direct access to cutting-edge technologies in Silicon Valley.

 

§ Post period end investments were made in two new later-stage companies, G-Tech Medical and Longevity Biotech.

 

§ Strict expenditure controls and rigorous criteria for new investments resulted in higher than budget closing cash balance of £22.5 million.

 

Farad Azima, CEO of NetScientific, said:

 

"The Group has made significant progress so far this year in bringing our subsidiaries closer to achieving value inflection points which will allow a series of high performance exits. At NetScientific our view is that, science knows no borders. Therefore, we anticipate securing further additional strategic alliances, which will give us worldwide access to other transformative technologies."

 

-Ends-

 

For more information, please visit the website at www.netscientific.net.

 

Contact Details

 

NetScientific plc

Farad Azima

Peter Thoms

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3290 8877



Liberum (NOMAD and Broker)

Chris Bowman / Christopher Britton / Thomas Bective

Tel: +44 (0)20 3100 2000



Instinctif Partners

Melanie Toyne-Sewell / Tim Watson

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7457 2020

Email: netscientific@instinctif.com

 

Copies of the unaudited interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2014 are available on the Group's website at www.netscientific.net.

 

 

Overview

Over the six-month period under review, the Group made significant progress, in particular in two of its core subsidiaries, WandaHealth and Vortex Biosciences. Strict expenditure controls and rigorous criteria for new investments resulted in higher than budget closing cash balance of £22.5 million.

In the same period, the Group evaluated new enabling technologies to underpin its pipeline.  Validated opportunities are being secured from both research institutes and new commercial alliances, as per our March announcement relating to Peter Thiel's Breakout Labs. This unique relationship provides NetScientific with direct access to cutting-edge technologies in Silicon Valley.

Post period end, the Group announced an important research programme in DNA sequencing, and investments in two later-stage BioMed companies, G-Tech Medical and Longevity Biotech.

Strategy

NetScientific's goal is to build a group of subsidiaries and portfolio investments based on transformative technologies in i) digital health, ii) advanced medical diagnostics and iii) novel therapeutics in regenerative medicine. For the most part, these technologies have faster development timelines; lower capital requirements and shorter regulatory pathways.

At NetScientific, 'science knows no borders' and the Group will seek to secure further valuable technologies through privileged access to global centres of excellence which have been painstakingly developed over many years.

The Group has assembled experienced management teams, eminent scientific advisors and solid infrastructures in the UK and the United States. In addition, it operates a centralised shared ecosystem of finance, banking, legal, marketing, patenting and licensing - saving huge costs to the subsidiaries. NetScientific also encourages its subsidiaries to leverage potential synergies among themselves. 

NetScientific is an active investor, taking leadership roles and providing extensive management support to drive its investments to value inflection points, to allow a series of high performance exits.

Key Subsidiaries

WandaHealth is cloud-based predictive big-data analytics for the remote monitoring of patients with chronic disease - the first application of which is in congestive heart failure, the leading cause of hospital re-admission.  Successful clinical trials were completed ahead of time and regulatory approvals are expected in Q1, 2015. Discussions have commenced with a major US hospital group in preparation for commercial roll-out.

Vortex is developing a simplified, high-speed blood test for a wide range of metastatic cancers - a 'liquid biopsy' with no requirements for sample prep. Important applications include diagnostics, prognosis during treatment, and 'personalised' therapeutics.  Early research collaborators include UCLA, Harvard University and Stanford Cancer Institute. Commercial product launch is expected in 2015. 

 

 

Financial Results

 

Research and development expenditure, which was largely in the core subsidiaries, for the period was £1.4m (H1 2013: £0.3m).

 

The pre-tax loss was £2.6m (H1 2013: £1.0m) reflecting the expenditure in R&D.

 

Cash and deposit balances as at 30 June 2014 were £22.5m (H1 2013: £0.1m) and the cash outflow for the period was £2.8m (H1 2013: £0.3m).

 

 

Outlook

 

In summary, the Group has made significant progress in the development of its existing subsidiaries and will continue to drive its investments to specific value inflection points. In addition, the Group anticipates adding further strategic alliances to provide access to investment opportunities in our areas of interest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NetScientific plc

Unaudited Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

For six months ended 30 June 2014

 

 

 

 

Unaudited

Six months ended 30 June 2014


Unaudited

Six months ended 30 June 2013


Audited

Year ended 31 December 2013


£


£


£

Other operating income

175,218


10,000


177,667

Research and development expenditure

(1,389,622)


(259,772)


(762,624)

Other administrative expenses

(952,866)


(757,640)


(1,900,242)

Share based payment

(425,198)


-


(717,234)

Reorganisation and AIM listing costs

-


-


(1,123,508)

Total administrative expenses

(2,767,686)


(1,017,412)


(4,503,608)

Loss from operations

 

(2,592,468)


(1,007,412)


(4,325,941)

Share of loss of joint venture

(11,889)


(22,051)


(27,832)








(2,604,357)


(1,029,463)


(4,353,773)

Finance income

36,316


17,603


37,566

Finance expense

(19,588)


(28,396)


(35,210)







Loss before taxation

(2,587,629)


(1,040,256)


(4,351,417)

Taxation

3,616


-


14,153







Loss for the period

(2,584,013)


(1,040,256)


(4,337,264)







Other comprehensive income:

Items that will or may be reclassified to profit or loss in subsequent periods






Exchange differences on translation

of foreign operations

 

(197,807)


 

(29,796)


 

87,377







Total comprehensive expense for the period

(2,781,820)


(1,070,052)


(4,249,887)







Loss for the period attributable to:






Owners of the parent

(2,260,103)


(895,949)


(4,112,565)

Non-controlling interest

(323,910)


(144,307)


(224,699)








(2,584,013)


(1,040,256)


(4,337,264)







Total comprehensive expense attributable to:






Owners of the parent

(2,457,910)


(925,745)


(4,025,188)

Non-controlling interest

(323,910)


(144,307)


(224,699)








(2,781,820)


(1,070,052)


(4,249,887)







Loss per Ordinary Share attributable to the ordinary equity holders of the parent:

 

(0.06)


 

(0.08)


   

 (0.21)

 

NetScientific plc

Unaudited Consolidated Interim Statement of Financial Position

As at 30 June 2014

 

 

 

Unaudited

30 June

2014




£


£


£

Assets






Non-current assets






   Intangible assets

628,211


427,494


638,492

   Property, plant and equipment

208,711


9,746


67,101

   Investments in equity-accounted joint ventures

76,834


62,099


69,872

Available for sale investments

149,578


2


2








1,063,334


499,341


775,467

Current assets






   Trade and other receivables

452,788


170,147


325,651

   Cash and cash equivalents

22,512,191


116,544


25,546,951








22,964,979


286,691


25,872,602







Total assets

24,028,313


786,032


26,648,069







Liabilities






Current liabilities






Trade and other payables

(796,107)


(1,578,739)


(1,113,490)

Loans and borrowings

(3,250)


(165,646)


(3,250)








(799,357)


(1,744,385)


(1,116,740)







Non-current liabilities






Trade and other payables

(47,962)


(87,429)


(49,723)

Loans and borrowings

(484,760)


(223,363)


(475,109)

Deferred tax liability

(103,176)


-


(106,965)








(635,898)


(310,792)


(631,797)







Total liabilities

(1,435,255)


(2,055,177)


(1,748,537)













Total net assets/(liabilities)

22,593,058


(1,269,145)


24,899,532







 

 

NetScientific plc

Unaudited Consolidated Interim Statement of Financial Position

As at 30 June 2014

 


  Unaudited

30 June

 2014


Unaudited

30 June

 2013


Audited

31 December 2013

 

 

£


£


£

Issued capital and reserves attributable

to the parent












Called up share capital

1,795,101


857,501


1,795,101

Share premium account

30,844,552


3,217,497


30,844,552

Capital reserve account

236,745


236,745


236,745

Foreign exchange reserve

(47,676)


32,958


150,131

Retained earnings reserve

(9,774,684)


(4,960,344)


(7,459,726)







Equity attributable to the parent

23,054,038


(615,643)


25,566,803







Non-controlling interests

(460,980)


(653,502)


(667,271)







Total equity

22,593,058


(1,269,145)


24,899,532







 

 

NetScientific plc

Unaudited Consolidated Interim Statement of Changes in Equity

As at 30 June 2014

 


Share

Capital


Share

Premium


Capital

Reserve


Retained

Earnings

Reserved


Foreign

Exchange

Reserve


Total

Attributable

To equity

Holders of

Parent


Non-

Controlling

Interest


Total

Equity

 


£


£


£


£


£


£


£


£

 

Balance at 1 January 2013

 

1

 

 

 

-


 

-


 

(4,064,395)


 

62,754


 

(4,001,640)


 

(242,036)


 

(4,243,676)

















Comprehensive Income
















Loss for the period

-


-


-


(895,949)


-


(895,949)


(144,307)


(1,040,256)

Other comprehensive income

-


-


-


-


(29,796)


(29,796)


-


(29,796)

Acquisition of subsidiary

-


-


-


-


-


-


(267,159)


(267,159)

Issue of share capital

857,500


3,217,497


-


-


-


4,074,997


-


4,074,997

Capital contribution

-


-


236,745


-


-


236,745


-


236,745

















Total comprehensive income

857,500


3,217,497


236,745


(895,949)


(29,796)


3,385,997


(411,466)


2,974,531

















Balance at 30 June 2013

857,501


3,217,497


236,745


(4,960,344)


32,958


(615,643)


(653,502)


(1,269,145)

















Balance at 1 July 2013

857,501


3,217,497


236,745


(4,960,344)


32,958


(615,643)


(653,502)


(1,269,145)

















Comprehensive income
















Loss for the period

-


-


-


(3,216,616)


-


(3,216,616)


(80,392)


(3,297,008)

Other comprehensive income

-


-


-


-


117,173


117,173


-


117,173

Increase in subsidiary shareholdings

-


-


-


-


-


-


(6,772)


(6,772)

Dilution in subsidiary shareholdings

-


-


-


-


-


-


9,593


9,593

Revision to acquisition of subsidiary

-


-


-


-


-


-


63,802


63,802

Issue of share capital

937,600


29,062,501


-


-


-


30,000,101


-


30,000,101

Transaction costs in respect of share issue

-


(1,435,446)


-


-


-


(1,435,446)


-


(1,435,446)

    Share based payments

-


-


-


717,234


-


717,234


-


717,234

    Total comprehensive income

937,600


27,627,055


-


(2,499,382)


117,173


26,182,446


(13,769)


26,168,677

  Balance at 31 December 2013

1,795,101


30,844,552


236,745


(7,459,726)


150,131


25,566,803


(667,271)


24,899,532

















 

NetScientific plc

Unaudited Consolidated Interim Statement of Changes in Equity

As at 30 June 2014

 


Share

Capital


Share

Premium


Capital

Reserve


Retained

Earnings

Reserved


Foreign

Exchange

Reserve


Total

Attributable

To equity

Holders of

Parent


Non-

Controlling

Interest


Total

Equity

 


£


£


£


£


£


£


£


£

































Balance at 1 January 2014

1,795,101


30,844,552


236,745


(7,459,726)


150,131


25,566,803


(667,271)


24,899,532

















Comprehensive income
















Loss for the period

-


-


-


(2,260,103)


-


(2,260,103)


(323,910)


(2,584,013)

Other comprehensive income

-


-


-


-


(197,807)


(197,807)


-


(197,807)

Acquisition of subsidiary

-


-


-


-


-


-


52,000


52,000

Increase in subsidiary shareholding

-


-


-


(489,893)


-


(489,893)


489,893


-

Dilution in subsidiary shareholding

-


-


-


9,840


-


9,840


(9,840)


-

Foreign exchange differences

-


-


-


-


-


-


(1,852)


(1,852)

Share based payments

-


-


-


425,198


-


425,198


-


425,198

















Total comprehensive income

-


-


-


(2,314,958)


(197,807)


(2,512,765)


206,291


(2,306,474)

















Balance at 30 June 2014

1,795,101


30,844,552


236,745


(9,774,684)


(47,676)


23,054,038


(460,980)


22,593,058


NetScientific Plc

Unaudited Consolidated Interim Statement of Cash Flows

For the six months ended 30 June 2014

 


Unaudited

six months

ended 30 June

2014


 Unaudited

six months ended 30 June

2013


Audited

Year ended
31 December 2013

 

Cash flows from operating activities

£


£


£

Loss before tax

(2,587,629)


(1,040,256)


(4,351,417)

Adjustments for:






Depreciation

24,376


2,001


5,508

Amortisation

807


808


1,616

Share of loss in joint venture

11,889


22,051


27,832

Share based payment expense

425,198


-


717,234

Tax credit received

14,153


-


-

Finance income

(36,316)


(17,603)


(37,566)

Finance expense

19,588


28,396


35,210







Cash flows from operations before changes

in working capital

(2,127,934)


(1,004,603)


(3,601,583)

Change in trade and other receivables

(141,883)


(104,147)


(245,100)

Change in trade and other payables

(293,034)


491,699


167,977







Cash used in operations

(2,562,851)


(617,051)


(3,678,706)







Cash flows from investing activities






Investment in joint venture

(21,413)


(46,800)


(60,354)

Purchase of available for sale investment

(149,576)


-


-

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(169,382)


-


(60,861)

Interest received

36,517


17,603


37,566

Increase in subsidiary shareholding

-


-


(6,772)







Net cash used in investing activities

(303,854)


(29,197)


(90,421)







Cash flows from financing activities






Cash acquired from acquisition of subsidiary

52,000


2,013


1,973

Proceeds from loans

-


333,749


428,457

Proceeds from share issue

-


-


29,912,750

Share issue cost

-


-


(1,435,446)







Net cash from financing activities

52,000


335,762


28,907,734







Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents

(2,814,705)


(310,486)


25,138,607

Exchange (losses)/gains on cash and cash equivalents

(220,055)


16,242


(2,444)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

25,546,951


410,788


410,788

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

22,512,191


116,544


25,546,951







 

1.   Accounting Polices

 

Basis of preparation

 

The interim financial statements, which are unaudited, have been prepared on the basis of the accounting policies expected to apply for the financial year to 31 December 2014 and in accordance with recognition and measurement principles of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) as endorsed by the European Union. The accounting policies applied in the preparation of these interim financial statements are consistent with those used in the financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2013.

 

The interim financial statements do not include all of the information required for full annual financial statements and do not comply with all the disclosures in IAS 34 'Interim Financial Reporting'. Accordingly, whilst the interim statements have been prepared in accordance with IFRSs, they cannot be construed as being in full compliance with IFRSs.

 

The financial information for the year ended 31 December 2013 does not constitute the full statutory accounts for that period. The Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2013 have been filed with the Registrar of Companies. The Independent Auditor's Report on the Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2013 was unqualified, did not draw attention to any matters by way of emphasis, and did not contain a statement under 498(2) or 498(3) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

Going Concern

 

The directors have prepared and reviewed financial forecasts. After due consideration of these forecasts and current cash resources, the directors consider that the Company and Group have adequate financial resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future (being at least twelve months from the date of this report), and for this reason the financial statements have been prepared on a  going concern basis.

 

2.   Acquisitions

 

During the period the Group acquired a minority holding of 2.18% in Cytovale, Inc. an early stage life sciences company based in San Francisco, USA commercialising microfluidic technologies that enable high through put single cell analysis.

 

Subsidiaries

 

During the period the Group acquired a controlling interest of 57% in Proaxsis Limited, a recently formed company involved in the development of a range of novel medical diagnostic tests to enable routine monitoring of patients with Cystic Fibrosis and other chronic respiratory conditions such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

 

3. Tax Credit

 

The tax credit of £3,616 (six months ended 30 June 2013: £Nil: year ended 31 December 2013: £14,153) is in relation to a research and development tax credit receivable in respect of a subsidiary company for a prior period.

 

 

4.   Loss per Ordinary Share



Unaudited
Six months ended 30 June 2014

Unaudited
Six months ended 30 June 2013

Audited
Year ended

 31 December 2013

 

 


£

£

£

Loss attributable to equity holders of the

Company


(2,260,103)

(895,949)

(4,112,565)

Weighted average number of ordinary

shares in issue


35,902,020

10,899,692

19,558,458

 

The loss attributable to ordinary shareholders and weighted average number of ordinary shares for the purpose of calculating the diluted earnings per ordinary share are identical to those used for basic earnings per share, as whilst the parent company has share options in existence they are not dilutive as their exercise would have the effect of reducing the loss per ordinary share. At 30 June 2014 there were 2,782,405 options outstanding (30 June 2013: Nil options outstanding: 31 December 2013: 2,513,140 options outstanding).

 

 

 

INDEPENDENT REVIEW REPORT TO NETSCIENTIFIC PLC

Introduction

We have been engaged by the Company to review the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 30 June 2014 which comprises the Consolidated Interim Statement of Comprehensive Income, the Consolidated Interim Statement of Financial Position, the Consolidated Interim Statement of Changes in Equity, the Consolidated Interim Statement of Cash Flows and the related notes 1 to 4.

We have read the other information contained in the half-yearly financial report and considered whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information in the condensed set of financial statements.

Directors' responsibilities

The interim report, including the financial information contained therein, is the responsibility of and has been approved by the directors.  The directors are responsible for preparing the interim report in accordance with the rules of the London Stock Exchange for companies trading securities on AIM which require that the half-yearly report be presented and prepared in a form consistent with that which will be adopted in the Company's annual accounts having regard to the accounting standards applicable such accounts.

Our responsibility

Our responsibility is to express to the Company a conclusion on the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report based on our review.

Our report has been prepared in accordance with the terms of our engagement to assist the company in meeting the requirements of the rules of the London Stock Exchange for companies trading securities on AIM and for no other purpose.  No person is entitled to rely on this report unless such a person is a person entitled to rely upon this report by virtue of and for the purpose of our terms of engagement or has been expressly authorised to do so by our prior written consent.  Save as above, we do not accept responsibility for this report to any other person or for any other purpose and we hereby expressly disclaim any and all such liability.

Scope of review

We conducted our review in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410, ''Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity'', issued by the Auditing Practices Board for use in the United Kingdom.  A review of interim financial information consists of making enquiries, primarily of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters, and applying analytical and other review procedures.  A review is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK and Ireland) and consequently does not enable us to obtain assurance that we would become aware of all significant matters that might be identified in an audit.  Accordingly, we do not express an audit opinion.

Conclusion

Based on our review, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 30 June 2014 is not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with the rules of the London Stock Exchange for companies trading securities on AIM.

 

 

BDO LLP

Chartered Accountants and Registered Auditors

Southampton

United Kingdom

 

22 September 2014

 

BDO LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales (with registered number OC305127).

 

 

 

 

 


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