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Impax Asset Management Group plc
27 May 2021
 

Impax Asset Management Group plc

Interim results 31 March 2021

 

London, 27 May 2021 - Impax Asset Management Group plc ("Impax" or the "Company"), the specialist investor focused on the transition to a more sustainable global economy, today announces interim results for the six months to 31 March 2021 (the "Period").

H1 Business highlights

·    Diversified growth across channels and geographies, with record net inflows of £6.8 billion, lifting AUM to £30.0 billion

·    Continued strong investment performance, particularly in thematic Environmental Markets strategies

·    Acquisition of Pax World Management LLC finalised, positioning North American business for further expansion

·    Extension of secular trend of rising investment into the transition to a more sustainable economy

·    After Period end, AUM increased further to £32.2 billion by 30 April 2021

 

H1 Financial highlights

·    AUM increased to £30.0 billion (H1 2020: £14.4bn)

·    Revenue increased to £60.6 million (H1 2020: £41.2m)

·    Adjusted operating profit increased to £20.7 million (H1 2020: £10.5m)

·    Profit before tax of £14.4 million (H1 2020: £8.0m)

·    Shareholders' equity increased to £81.0 million (H1 2020 £63.2m)

·    Adjusted earnings per share increased to 11.8 pence (H1 2020: 6.3p)

·    Interim dividend per share increased to 3.6 pence (H1 2020: 1.8p)

 

Ian Simm, Chief Executive, commented:

"Impax has made further excellent progress during the first half of its financial year.  Notwithstanding the challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the business has continued to grow, with assets under management and advice ("AUM") increasing by almost 50%, including £6.8 billion of net inflows.

"Amid rising interest in the transition to a more sustainable economy, our long track record and broad-based distribution capabilities and relationships have helped us to stand out from the crowd as we secured major new mandates, while also increasing significantly our business with many existing clients.

"Over the next few years we expect the companies in which we invest to continue to prosper as markets for clean energy, resource efficiency and low-carbon technologies expand rapidly.  Against this background, Impax is well positioned for further success."

The presentation for shareholders and analysts will be available to view on the Company's website from 7:30am this morning: https://www.impaxam.com/investor-relations/reports-and-presentations 

Enquiries:

 

Impax Asset Management Group plc

Ian Simm, Chief Executive                 +44 (0)20 3912 3000 (switchboard)

Paul French, Corporate Communications Director

 

Montfort Communications

Gay Collins                                          +44(0)77 9862 6282

Louis Supple                                       +44(0)77 3943 0102

impax@montfort.london

Peel Hunt LLP, Nominated Adviser

James Britton or Rishi Shah               +44 (0)20 7418 8900

 

About Impax

Founded in 1998, Impax is a specialist asset manager, with approximately £32.2bn / US$44.5bn as of 30 April 2021 in both listed and private markets strategies, investing in the opportunities arising from the transition to a more sustainable global economy.

 

Impax believes that capital markets will be shaped profoundly by global sustainability challenges, including climate change, pollution and essential investments in human capital, infrastructure and resource efficiency. These trends will drive growth for well-positioned companies and create risks for those unable or unwilling to adapt.

 

The company seeks to invest in higher quality companies with strong business models that demonstrate sound management of risk. Impax offers a well-rounded suite of investment solutions spanning multiple asset classes seeking superior risk-adjusted returns over the medium to long term.

 

Impax has c. 190 employees across six offices in the United Kingdom, the United States, Ireland and Hong Kong, making it one of the investment management sector's largest investment teams dedicated to sustainable development.

 

www.impaxam.com 

 

LEI number: 213800AJDNW4S2B7E680

 

 

Chief Executive's Report

Business Update

Impax enjoyed a very strong first half to its financial year, which spans the six months to 31 March 2021 ("the Period"). Continuing the trend of recent years, there was clear evidence that asset owners globally are increasingly attracted to Impax's investment philosophy focused on the transition to a more sustainable economy. Amid rising interest in "ESG" themes, our authenticity and broad-based distribution capabilities and relationships have helped us to stand out from the crowd, and we secured major new mandates, while also expanding significantly our business with many existing clients.

Notwithstanding the challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the business enjoyed exceptional growth during the Period, during which we increased our assets under management and advice ("AUM") by almost 50%, with our AUM reaching £30 billion for the first time. This was driven by £6.8 billion of net flows over the Period and assisted by rising markets.

Markets

In November 2020, global equity markets surged as clinical trials showed high levels of efficacy from several COVID-19 vaccines. This trend continued throughout the Period and reflected earnings upgrades across much of the economy as businesses glimpsed a potential exit from months of protracted lockdowns.

Over the Period our investee companies were largely able to demonstrate resilience and were able to ride out the economic impacts of lockdowns and similar restrictions. Many companies leading the transition to a sustainable economy benefitted from policy decisions made in response to the pandemic, as governments stated their intention to "build back better", including in the context of the climate emergency. A new US administration helped to accelerate a succession of announcements by corporates and policymakers in anticipation of the COP26 climate summit, culminating in President Biden's green infrastructure-focussed "American Jobs Plan", announced in March.

With vaccines raising hopes of post-pandemic stability, there was however a broad rotation into value stocks, with hospitality, transport and energy performing strongly from early 2021. Having fallen heavily in early 2020, by the end of the Period Brent crude was trading back at levels in line with the end of 2019. The reopening of major economies also saw bond yields rise, which benefitted financial services stocks. Meanwhile, although COVID-19 "third waves" were hitting many countries around the world, inflation forecasts began to tick upwards, particularly in those markets where consumers began returning to shops and restaurants in person.

Investment performance

Against this backdrop, our thematic Environmental Markets strategies performed well over the Period, with our Specialists strategy outperforming the MSCI All Country World Index ("ACWI") by 11.9%. Our Water and Sustainable Food strategies outperformed the ACWI by 4.2% and 3.5% respectively, and the Asian Environmental strategy (formerly the "Asia-Pacific strategy") returned 14.6%, in comparison to the MSCI Asia Composite Index, which returned 13.4%. The Leaders strategy was broadly in line with the ACWI, beating the benchmark by 0.6%.

Amongst our Sustainability Lens strategies, the Pax Large Cap Fund ranked in the top decile of peers for the Period, while our unconstrained equities strategy, Global Opportunities, lagged the MSCI ACWI by 2.8%. Global Opportunities has a bias towards high-quality and low-debt holdings, which have not benefitted as fully from the cyclical rotation to value in recent months.

Overall, our five largest strategies have been ahead of their global indices (MSCI) over the last three years, and significantly ahead over five years.

Meanwhile, in fixed income, the Core Bond strategy performed in line with its benchmark, while the High Yield strategy underperformed its benchmark by 0.8%.

Our Private Equity/Infrastructure team continues to invest the capital of Impax New Energy Investors III ("NEF III"). The Fund made two successful exits, including the Netherlands' largest operational PV plant, and has a development pipeline across France, Germany, Spain and Norway. We expect the Fund to be fully committed by the end of 2021 and are looking to raise additional capital within this area.

Client service and business development

Inflows over the Period were directed in particular into the thematic Environmental Markets listed equity strategies (65% of net inflows) with strong investor interest in our Asian Environmental strategy, and into Global Opportunities (30% of net inflows), which reached total assets of £4.6 billion by 31 March 2021.

The asset growth was well diversified across our distribution partner and direct sales channels and reflected client demand in Europe, Asia-Pacific, and North America.

In the UK, we extended our relationship with wealth manager St James's Place with a second mandate for our Global Opportunities strategy and we also won a new segregated account based on the same strategy. Meanwhile our Environmental Markets investment trust, which is now a member of the FTSE 250 index, continued to attract considerable inflows and currently exceeds £1 billion in AUM.

We focused on building out our team in Dublin, which post-Brexit is now established as a strategic centre, and the aggregate AUM of our Ireland-domiciled UCITS funds hit £1.5 billion.

In Continental Europe, Scandinavia was particularly active, and we enjoyed material inflows from existing investors both via intermediaries and our distribution partners.

In October, we developed further our relationship with BNP Paribas Asset Management by signing a new distribution agreement on very similar terms to the Memorandum of Understanding that has been in place since 2007. This continues to be an important strategic relationship across Europe and Asia, and during the Period led to a significant new mandate based on our Leaders strategy for Nomura in Japan.

AUM movement for the Period


Listed equities £m

Fixed income £m

Private markets £m

Total firm
£m

Total AUM at 30 September 2020

 18,865

 947

371

 20,183

Net flows

 6,673

 137

-

 6,811

Market movements, FX and performance

 3,098

 (70)

 (23)

 3,005

Total AUM at 31 March 2021

 28,636

 1,015

 348

 29,999

 

In Australia, one of the country's largest superannuation funds awarded Impax a AU$240m segregated mandate - the first institutional client for our Climate strategy that we launched in 2018. In the lead-up to COP26 we continue to see strong investor interest in this global equities strategy, which focuses on investing in companies providing solutions to the challenges linked to climate change.

After the end of the Period we announced a new distribution agreement with Fidante Partners Limited for it to be Impax's exclusive distribution partner in Australia and New Zealand. Part of Challenger Limited (ASX:CGF), Fidante Partners focuses on partnering with specialist asset managers and we believe is well-positioned to support Impax's future growth aspirations among institutional and wholesale investors in this market.

In North America, we completed the integration of our New Hampshire-based team, who joined us in 2018 following the acquisition of Pax World Management LLC. As agreed in the terms of the acquisition announced on 18 September 2017, we acquired the remaining 16.7% of the business held by management in cash and Impax shares for a total consideration, net of loans, of US$3.0 million. In addition, contingent consideration payments of US$270,000 were made in cash to the previous shareholders and management as relevant assets under management of the Pax World funds reached an average of US$5.5 billion over the final six months of the 2020 calendar year, growing to US$6.6 billion at 31 December 2020, up from US$4.9 billion in January 2018.

Combining the two businesses has already underpinned significant growth for the Group, with continued momentum during the Period. We are positioning for further expansion in North America by adding to our research resources, extending our distribution and client service capabilities, and further strengthening our support teams.

By the end of the Period, the Pax World funds' AUM exceeded US$7 billion. Increased flows reflected success through intermediaries, including with Charles Schwab, Morgan Stanley, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Meanwhile, for institutional investors we created a US-based vehicle for our Global Opportunities strategy, which went live with investments from two foundations. In Canada we also secured a significant sub-advisory mandate for the same strategy for FÉRIQUE Fund Management, a mutual fund serving engineers and their families.

FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR THE PERIOD

Revenue for the six months to 31 March 2021 was £60.6 million (H1 2020: £41.2 million, H2 2020: £46.3 million) driven by the exceptionally strong inflows across the business and to a lesser extent by market gains. At the end of the Period the weighted average run rate revenue margin was 47 basis points (30 September 2020: 48 basis points) on our £30.0 billion of AUM.

Adjusted operating costs for the Period were £39.8 million (H1 2020: £30.7 million, H2 2020: £33.5 million), primarily reflecting increases in personnel costs. IFRS operating costs includes £4.3 million, (H1 2020: £2.1 million, H2 2020: £3.5 million) of charges that do not reflect the operating performance of the Group which have been removed for adjusted measures. A reconciliation of adjusted to IFRS measures is provided in Note 3.

Adjusted operating profit almost doubled versus H1 2020 to £ 20.7 million (H1 2020: £10.5 million, H2 2020: £12.7 million) as a result of the growth in revenue. Run rate annualised and adjusted operating profit also grew strongly to £51.7 million at the end of the Period. This resulted in the adjusted operating profit margin increasing to 34% (H1 2020: 25%, H2 2020: 28%).

Adjusted profit before tax of £18.7 million (H1 2020: £10.0 million, H2 2020: £12.2 million) includes interest charges and other non-operating charges (primarily foreign exchange on inter-group loans) which totalled £2.0 million (H1 2020: £0.4 million, H2 2020: £0.6 million). IFRS profit before tax for the Period was £14.4 million (H1 2020: £8.0 million, H2 2020: £8.6 million). The tax charge benefitted from a release of deferred tax liabilities related to private equity income.

Adjusted earnings per share for the Period were 11.8 pence (H1 2020: 6.3 pence, H2 2020: 8.2 pence). IFRS earnings per share were 10.9 pence (H1 2020: 4.8 pence, H2 2020: 5.7 pence).

FINANCIAL RESOURCES

The Company continues to be a strongly cash-generative business with high levels of cash and no debt. Our cash reserves were £34.4 million at the Period end (H1 2020: £19.9 million). We retain access to a US$13 million revolving credit facility which is currently unutilised. We continue to hold seed investments and to invest in our private equity funds; these investments were in total valued at £6.5 million at the Period end.

DIVIDENDS

A final dividend for our financial year 2020 of 6.8 pence per share was paid in March 2021, following approval at the Annual General Meeting. This took the total dividend paid for 2020 to 8.6 pence per share. To reflect further Impax's strong performance, we are pleased to announce a 100% increase in the interim dividend to 3.6 pence per share (2020: 1.8 pence per share). This dividend will be paid on 16 July 2021 to Ordinary Shareholders on the shareholder register at the close of business on 11 June 2021. The Company operates a dividend reinvestment plan ("DRIP"). The final date for receipt of elections under the DRIP will be 25 June 2021. For further information and to register and elect for this facility, please visit www.signalshares.com and search for information related to the Company.

From this year, shareholders will no longer be sent a paper proxy form but will instead be encouraged to vote electronically via www.signalshares.com or via CREST.

SHARE MANAGEMENT

During the Period the Company issued 2.0 million new ordinary shares to the Group's Employee Benefit Trust ("EBT"). The EBT holds shares for Restricted Share awards until they vest or will use them to settle option exercises. The Company also issued a further 181,467 shares to part fund the acquisition of the remaining interest in Pax World Management LLC.

The Board will consider purchasing the Company's shares from time to time after due consideration of alternative uses of the Company's cash resources. Share purchases are usually made by the EBT (subject to the trustees' discretion), using funding provided by the Company. The EBT did not purchase any shares during the Period.

At the Period end the EBT held a total of 4.2 million shares, 3.4 million of which were held for Restricted Share awards leaving up to 0.8 million available for option exercises and future share awards. There were 2.6 million options outstanding at the Period end, of which 1.0 million were exercisable.

Outlook

While the pathway out of the pandemic remains uncertain, we expect that the continued roll-out of vaccines will lead in the near-term to a sharp recovery in global GDP growth and corporate earnings. Accommodative monetary policy and the impact of post-pandemic fiscal stimulus packages should lead to improved business confidence, a fall in unemployment numbers, and higher consumer confidence.

Over the next few years we expect the companies that we invest in to continue to benefit from the secular trend of expanding investment into the transition to a more sustainable economy. Meanwhile, the lead-up to COP26 will raise the volume of the debate over how best to measure and report climate risk and the most appropriate way for economies to reach their ambitious "net-zero" targets.

Ahead of the Glasgow conference, we are actively consulting with policymakers and are participating in the debate around how asset owners and managers can contribute to the Paris Agreement, building on our deep experience as a specialist investor in climate solutions.

We believe that the economic and social challenges that will emerge out of the pandemic, combined with the focus on the shift towards a low-carbon economy, will continue to create enormous opportunities for the companies that are aligned with our investment thesis.

Impax's strong brand, expanding global footprint and proven distribution network positions us well for further success as we work with our stakeholders to identify financial opportunities from the transition to a more sustainable economy.

 

Ian Simm

26 May 2021

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Income Statement

For the six months ended 31 March 2021


Note

Unaudited
Six months ended
31 March
2021
£000

Unaudited
Six months ended
31 March
2020
£000

Audited
Year ended
 30 September 2020
£000

Revenue


60,591

41,191

87,511

Operating costs


(44,150)

(32,851)

(69,928)

Finance income

5

110

486

1,020

Finance expense

6

(2,103)

(781)

(1,921)

Profit before taxation


14,448

8,045

16,682

Taxation

7

(91)

(1,718)

(2,944)

Profit after taxation


14,357

6,327

13,738






Earnings per share





Basic

8

11.1 p

4.8 p

10.6 p

Diluted

8

10.9 p

4.8 p

10.5 p

 

Adjusted results are provided in Note 3.

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

For the six months ended 31 March 2021


Unaudited
Six months ended
31 March
2021
£000

Unaudited
Six months ended
31 March
2020
£000

Audited
Year ended
30 September
2020
£000

Profit for the Period

14,357

6,327

13,738

Change in value of cash flow hedges

288

7

(70)

Tax on change in value of cash flow hedges

(54)

(1)

13

Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations

(1,277)

(67)

(487)

Total other comprehensive income

(1,043)

(61)

(544)

Total comprehensive income for the Period attributable to
equity holders of the parent

13,314

6,266

13,194

 

All amounts in other comprehensive income may be reclassified to income in the future.

All profit for the Period is derived from continuing operations.

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

As at 31 March 2021


Note

Unaudited
As at
31 March
2021
£000

Unaudited
As at
31 March
2020
£000

Audited
As at
30 September
2020
£000

Asset





Non-current assets





Goodwill

10

11,622

12,732

12,306

Intangible assets

10

18,338

23,005

20,871

Property, plant and equipment

11

9,805

11,777

10,857

Deferred tax assets


6,099

3,599

5,492

Total non-current assets


45,864

51,113

49,526

Current assets





Trade and other receivables


26,750

18,096

20,735

Investments

12

6,537

4,950

4,387

Current tax asset


1,601

311

224

Cash invested in money market funds and long-term deposit accounts

13

11,357

11,268

18,516

Cash and cash equivalents

13

26,896

9,363

20,245

Total current assets


73,141

43,988

64,107

Total assets


119,005

95,101

113,633






Equity and liabilities





Equity





Ordinary shares

15

1,326

1,304

1,304

Share premium


10,824

9,291

9,291

Exchange translation reserve


172

1,869

1,449

Hedging reserve


123

(48)

(111)

Retained earnings


68,652

50,830

59,515

Total equity


81,097

63,246

71,448






Current liabilities





Trade and other payables


27,570

15,394

27,984

Lease liabilities

11

1,403

1,421

1,410

Current tax liability


127

89

190

Total current liabilities


29,100

16,904

29,584






Trade and other payables


-

748

-

Lease liabilities

11

8,378

9,975

9,261

Deferred tax liability


430

4,228

3,340

Total non-current liabilities


8,808

14,951

12,601

Total liabilities


37,908

31,855

42,185

Total equity and liabilities


119,005

95,101

113,633

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

For the six months ended 31 March 2021


Share
capital
£000

Share premium
£000

Exchange translation reserve
£000

Hedging reserve
£000

Retained earnings
£000

Total
equity
£000

As at 1 October 2019

 1,304

 9,291

 1,936

( 54)

 50,504

 62,981

Transactions with owners of the Company







Dividends paid

 -

 -

 -

 -

(5,140)

( 5,140)

Acquisition of own shares

 -

 -

 -

 -

(3,184)

( 3,184)

Cash received on option exercises

 -

 -

 -

 -

 97

 97

Tax credit on long-term incentive schemes

 -

 -

 -

 -

 1,288

 1,288

Share based payment charge

 -

 -

 -

 -

938

 938

Total transactions with owners

-

 -

 -

 -

( 6,001)

( 6,001)

Profit for the Period

 -

 -

 -

 -

6,327

 6,327

Other comprehensive income







Cashflow hedge

 -

 -

 -

7

-

 7

Tax on cashflow hedge

 -

 -

 -

(1)

 -

( 1)

Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations

 -

 -

( 67)

 -

 -

( 67)

Total other comprehensive income

 -

 -

( 67)

 6

 -

( 61)

As at 31 March 2020

 1,304

 9,291

 1,869

( 48)

 50,830

 63,246

Transactions with owners of the Company







Dividends paid

 -

 -

 -

 -

(2,302)

( 2,302)

Acquisition of own shares

 -

 -

 -

 -

(1,039)

( 1,039)

Cash received on option exercises

 -

 -

 -

 -

 392

 392

Tax credit on long-term incentive schemes

 -

 -

 -

 -

 3,348

 3,348

Share based payment charge

 -

 -

 -

 -

875

 875

Total transactions with owners

-

 -

 -

 -

 1,274

 1,274

Profit for the Period

-

 -

 -

 -

7,411

 7,411

Other comprehensive income







Cashflow hedge

 -

 -

 -

(77)

 -

( 77)

Tax on cashflow hedge

 -

 -

 -

14

-

 14

Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations

 -

 -

( 420)

-

-

( 420)

Total other comprehensive income

 -

 -

( 420)

( 63)

 -

( 483)

As at 30 September 2020

 1,304

 9,291

 1,449

( 111)

 59,515

 71,448

Transactions with owners of the Company







New shares issued

 22

 1,533

 -

 -

( 20)

 1,535

Dividends paid

 -

 -

-

 -

(8,871)

( 8,871)

Cash received on option exercises

-

-

 -

 -

 597

 597

Purchase of Impax NH shares (note 18)

 -

 -

-

 -

( 2,239)

( 2,239)

Tax credit on long-term incentive schemes

 -

-

-

 -

 3,570

 3,570

Share based payment charge

-

-

 -

-

1,743

 1,743

Total transactions with owners

 22

 1,533

-

-

(5,220)

(3,665)

Profit for the Period

 -

 -

 -

-

14,357

 14,357

Other comprehensive income







Cashflow hedge

 -

 -

 -

288

-

 288

Tax on cashflow hedge

 -

 -

 -

(54)

 -

( 54)

Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations

 -

-

( 1,277)

-

 -

(1,277)

Total other comprehensive income

 -

 -

( 1,277)

 234

-

(1,043)

As at 31 March 2021

 1,326

 10,824

172

 123

 68,652

 81,097

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

For the six months ended 31 March 2021


Note

Unaudited
Six months
ended
31 March
2021
£000

Unaudited
Six months
ended
31 March
2020
£000

Audited
Year ended
30 September
2020
£000

Operating activities





Cash generated from operations

17

13,275

3,044

24,382

Corporation tax paid


(1,532)

(152)

(607)

Net cash generated from operating activities


11,743

2,892

23,775






Investing activities:





Impax NH acquisition

18

(704)

-

-

Net acquisition of property plant and equipment and intangible assets


(33)

(147)

(182)

Net investments into investment funds


(1,973)

(702)

1,191

Settlement of investment related hedges


(120)

469

(156)

Decrease in cash held by money market funds and long-term deposit accounts


7,159

3,967

222

Investment income received


54

48

(3,281)

Net cash generated from/(used by) investment activities


4,383

3,635

(2,206)






Financing activities:





Acquisition of non-controlling interest


-

-

(201)

Interest paid on bank borrowings


(64)

(38)

(136)

Payment of lease liabilities


(832)

(839)

(1,699)

Acquisition of own shares


-

(3,186)

(4,223)

Cash received on exercise of Impax share options


597

97

489

Dividends paid


(8,871)

(5,140)

(7,442)

Net cash used by financing activities


(9,170)

(9,106)

(13,212)






Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents


6,956

(2,579)

8,357






Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the Period


20,245

11,939

11,939

Effect of foreign exchange rate changes


(305)

3

(51)

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the Period

13

26,896

9,363

20,245

 

 

 

Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements

For the six months ended 31 March 2021

 

1 Basis of preparation

This interim report is unaudited and does not constitute statutory accounts within the meaning of Section 435 of the Companies Act 2006. These condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 "Interim Financial Reporting" and the AIM rules. They do not include all of the information required for full annual financial statements, and should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements of the Group for the year ended 30 September 2020.

The comparative figures for the financial year ended 30 September 2020 are not the Company's statutory accounts for that financial year. Those accounts, prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the EU, have been reported on by the Company's auditors and delivered to Companies House. The report of the auditors was (i) unqualified, (ii) did not include a reference to matters to which the auditors drew attention by way of emphasis without qualifying their report, and (iii) did not contain a statement under Section 498 (2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006. Copies of these accounts are available upon request from the Company's registered office at 7th floor, 30 Panton St, London, SW1Y 4AJ or at the Company's website: www.impaxam.com.

Going concern       

The Board has made an assessment covering a period of at least 12 months from the date of approval of these interim financial statements which indicates that, taking account of reasonably possible downsides, the Group will have sufficient funds, to meet its liabilities as they fall due for that period. In making this assessment the Board has considered the ongoing impact of Covid-19. The Group has high cash balances, no debt and is profitable. A significant part of the Group's cost base is also variable as bonuses are linked to profitability. The Group can also preserve cash through dividend reduction and through issuance of shares to cover share option exercises/restricted share awards (rather than purchasing shares). The Group has also managed to operate without disruption during the lockdown periods to date and expects to continue to do so. Consequently the Directors are confident that the Group will have sufficient funds to continue to meet its liabilities for at least 12 months from the date of approval of these interim financial statements and therefore have prepared them on the going concern basis.

Accounting policies

The accounting policies applied by the Group in these condensed consolidated interim financial statements are the same as those applied by the Group in its consolidated financial statements for the year ended 30 September 2020.

New and forthcoming accounting standards applicable to the Group

No new accounting standards or interpretations issued or not yet effective are expected to have an impact on the Group's condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

2 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 and liabilities, income and expense. Actual results may differ from these estimates.

For the prior periods estimates made in determining if intangible assets were impaired were considered to be a significant source of estimation uncertainty (see Note 10).

 

3 Adjusted profits and earnings

The reported operating profit, profit before tax and earnings per share in the current and prior periods presented are substantially affected by business combination effects and other items. The Directors have therefore decided to report an adjusted operating profit, adjusted profit before tax and adjusted earnings per share which exclude these items in order to enable comparison with peers and provide consistent measures of performance over time. A reconciliation of the adjusted amounts to the IFRS reported amounts is shown in the following tables.


Six months ended 31 March 2021

Reported
IFRS
£000

Adjustments

Adjusted
£000

Business combination effects
£000

Other
£000

Income statement





Revenue

60,591



60,591

Operating costs

(44,150)



(39,849)

Amortisation of intangibles arising on acquisition


1,196



Acquisition equity incentive scheme charges


986



Contingent consideration adjustment


167



Mark to market charge on equity awards



1,952


Operating Profit

16,441

2,349

1,952

20,742

Finance income

110


(42)

68

Finance expense

(2,103)



(2,103)

Profit before taxation

14,448

2,349

1,910

18,707

Taxation

(91)




Adjustment re historical tax charges



(2,803)


Tax credit on adjustments



(363)

(3,257)

Profit after taxation

14,357

2,349

(1,256)

15,450

Diluted earnings per share

10.9p

1.8p

(1.0)p

11.8p

 


Six months ended 31 March 2020

Reported
IFRS
£000

Adjustments

Adjusted
£000

Business combination effects
£000

Other
£000

Income statement





Revenue

41,191



41,191

Operating costs

(32,851)



(30,699)

Amortisation of intangibles arising on acquisition


1,257



Acquisition equity incentive scheme charges


67



Mark to market charge on equity awards



828


Operating Profit

8,340

1,324

828

10,492

Finance income

486


(134)

352

Finance expense

(781)



(781)

Profit before taxation

8,045

1,324

694

10,063

Taxation

(1,718)




Tax credit on adjustments



(132)

(1,850)

Profit after taxation

6,327

1,324

562

8,213

Diluted earnings per share

4.8p

1.0p

0.4p

6.3p

 

The adjusted diluted earnings per share is calculated using the adjusted profit after taxation shown above with a further adjustment for profit attributable to owners of restricted shares of £328,000 (see Note 8). The diluted number of shares is the same as used for the IFRS calculation of earnings per share (see Note 8).

The same adjustments have been made, where relevant, for the year ended 30 September 2020 to give adjusted operating profit of £23,250,000, adjusted profit before tax of £22,225,000 and adjusted diluted earnings per share of 14.5 pence.

Mark to market charge on equity incentive awards

The group has awarded options over the Group's shares to employees in the prior years and the current Period, some of which are either unvested or unexercised at the balance sheet date. The Group has also made awards of restricted shares ("RSS awards") a significant portion of which have not vested at the balance sheet date. Employer's National Insurance Contributions ("NIC") are payable on the option awards when they are exercised and on the RSS awards when they vest, based on the valuation of the underlying shares at that point. The Group does however receive a corporation tax credit equal to the value of the awards at the date they are exercised (options) or vest (RSS awards). A charge is accrued for the NIC within IFRS operating profit based on the share price at the balance sheet date. Similarly a credit for the corporation tax is accrued within the IFRS tax charge and where the corporation tax credit is larger than the share based payments within equity.

Additional retention payments are made to holders of vested legacy LTIP awards ("LTIP") when they are exercised. The payment will be equal to the corporation tax benefit the Group receives on the exercise of the options minus the amount of NIC payable on exercise. The charge is accrued based on the share price at the balance sheet date.

These two charges vary based on the Group's share price (together referred to as mark-to-market charge on equity schemes) and are not linked to the operating performance of the Group. They are therefore eliminated when reporting adjusted profit.

Contingent consideration adjustment

We estimate the contingent consideration payable in respect of the Impax NH acquisition until the amount is finalised. Any adjustments are recorded through income. This adjustment is not linked to the operating performance of the Impax NH business so is excluded from adjusted profit.

Amortisation of intangibles

Management contracts, which are classified as intangible assets, were acquired as part of the acquisition of Impax NH and are amortised over their 11 year life. This charge is not linked to the operating performance of the Impax NH business so is excluded from adjusted profit.

Acquisition equity incentive scheme charges

Impax NH staff have been awarded share based payments in respect of the transaction. Charges in respect of these relate to the acquisition rather than the operating performance of the Group and are therefore excluded from adjusted profit.

Taxation

The IFRS tax charge for 2021 includes a credit in respect of historical tax charges related to private equity income. This does not reflect the current year performance of the Group and is therefore excluded from adjusted profit.

 

4 Segment Information

For the year ended 30 September 2020 and prior years the Group had two reportable segments being Impax LN, the primarily London based manager of listed equity and real asset funds and accounts and Impax NH, the New Hampshire based company acquired in January 2018. For the current year the Group is managed on an integrated basis and there are no reportable segments. Financial information is therefore reported for Impax LN and Impax NH for the prior year and for the prior half year only in the following tables.

Six months ended 31 March 2020


Impax LN
£000

Impax NH
£000

Adjustments
£000

Consolidated
£000

Revenue





External customers

28,645

12,546

-

41,191

Inter-segment

1,466

-

(1,466)

-

Total revenue

30,111

12,546

(1,466)

41,191

Segment profit - adjusted operating profit

9,572

920

-

10,492

 

Twelve months ended 30 September 2020


Impax LN
£000

Impax NH
£000

Adjustments
£000

Consolidated
£000

Revenue





External customers

61,906

25,605

-

87,511

Inter-segment

3,147

-

(3,147)

-

Total revenue

65,053

25,605

(3,147)

87,511

Segment profit - adjusted operating profit

22,176

1,074

-

23,250

 

Segment profit is stated at the adjusted operating profit level as shown in Note 3.          

 

5 Finance income


31 March
2021
£000

31 March
2020
£000

30 September
2020
£000

Fair value gains

57

305

798

Interest income

12

47

98

Other investment income

41

134

124

Foreign exchange gains

-

-

-


110

486

1,020

 

Fair value gains/(losses) include those arising on revaluation of listed and unlisted investments and any gains or losses arising on related hedge instruments held by the Group.

 

6 Finance expense


31 March
2021
£000

31 March
2020
£000

30 September
2020
£000

Interest on lease liabilities

242

251

514

Finance cost on bank loans

64

149

295

Foreign exchange losses

1,797

381

1,112


2,103

781

1,921

 

Finance cost on bank loans mainly represent commitment fees on the Group's revolving credit facility.

 

7 Taxation

The tax rate for the Period is lower than the standard rate of corporation tax in the UK for the Period (19 per cent). The differences are explained below:


Six months ended
31 March
2021
£000

Six months ended
31 March
2020
£000

Year ended
30 September
2020
£000

Profit before tax

14,448

8,045

16,682





Tax charge at 19 per cent

2,745

1,529

3,170

Effects of:




Non-deductible expenses and charges

1

1

13

Adjustment in respect of historical tax charges

(2,803)

(27)

(787)

Effect of higher tax rates in foreign jurisdictions

83

36

85

Tax losses not recognised

65

179

463





Total income tax expense

91

1,718

2,944

 

The adjustment in respect of historical tax charges years relates to the finalisation of how tax is charged on private equity revenue earned in prior years where it has been deemed that part of that income is not taxable. In the 3 March 2021 Budget it was announced that the UK tax rate will increase to 25% from 1 April 2023. This will have a consequential effect on the Group's future tax charge. If this rate change had been substantively enacted at the current balance sheet date the deferred tax asset would have increased by £270,000 with no change to the deferred tax liability.

 

8 Earnings per share


Earnings for the Period
£000

Shares
'000

Earnings per share

Six months ended 31 March 2021




Basic

14,029

126,804

11.1p

Diluted

14,029

128,429

10.9p





Six months ended 31 March 2020




Basic

6,014

124,255

4.8p

Diluted

6,014

125,965

4.8p





Year ended 30 September 2020




Basic

13,235

124,572

10.6p

Diluted

13,235

125,825

10.5p

 

Earnings are reduced by £328,000 for the six months ending 31 March 2021 (31 March 2020: £313,000, 30 September 2020: £503,000) for basic and diluted earnings per shares to reflect the profit attributable to holders of restricted shares, which are treated as contingently returnable shares.

The weighted average number of shares is calculated as shown in the table below.


Six months ended
31 March
2021
'000

Six months ended
31 March
2020
'000

Year ended
30 September
2020
'000

Weighted average issued share capital

130,942

130,415

130,415

Less own shares

(4,138)

(6,160)

(5,843)

Weighted average number of ordinary shares used in the
calculation of basic earnings per share

126,804

124,255

124,572

Additional dilutive shares re share awards

2,660

3,250

2,451

Adjustment to reflect option exercise proceeds and future
service from employees receiving awards/shares

(1,035)

(1,540)

(1,198)

Weighted average number of ordinary shares used in the
calculation of diluted eps

128,429

125,965

125,825

 

9 Dividends

On 18 March 2021, at the Company's Annual General Meeting, payment of a 6.8 pence per share final dividend for the year ended 30 September 2020 (2019: 4.0 pence per share) was approved. Combined with an interim payment of 1.8 pence this gave total dividends for the year ended 30 September 2020 of 8.6 pence. The Trustee of the Impax Employee Benefit Trusts waived the Trusts' rights to part of the final dividend, leading to a total final dividend payment of £8,871,104 which was paid on 26 March 2021.

The Board has declared an interim dividend for the Period of 3.6 pence per ordinary share (2020: 1.8 pence). This dividend will be paid on 16 July 2021 to ordinary shareholders on the register at close of business on 11 June 2021.

 

10 Goodwill and Intangible assets

The goodwill and intangible assets held by the Group primarily relate to the acquisition of Impax NH in January 2018. 

Goodwill


£000

Cost


At 1 October 2019

12,804

Foreign exchange movement

(72)

At 31 March 2020

12,732

Foreign exchange movement

(426)

At 30 September 2020

12,306

Foreign exchange movement

(684)

At 31 March 2021

11,622

 

There were no brought forward impairment losses at 1 October 2019 or impairment charges during the Period.

Intangible assets


Intangible assets - management contracts
£000

Intangible assets - software
£000

Total
£000

Cost




At 1 October 2019

29,016

515

29,531

Additions

-

15

15

Foreign exchange movement

(207)

-

(207)

At 31 March 2020

28,809

530

29,339

Additions

-

-

-

Foreign exchange movement

(1,101)

(1)

(1,103)

At 30 September 2020

27,707

529

28,236

Additions

-

1

1

Foreign exchange movement

(1,767)

-

(1,767)

At 31 March 2021

25,940

530

26,470





Accumulated amortisation and impairment




At 1 October 2019

4,621

392

5,013

Amortisation

1,257

34

1,291

Foreign exchange movement

30

-

30

At 31 March 2020

5,908

426

6,334

Amortisation

1,278

32

1,310

Foreign exchange movement

(279)

-

(279)

At 30 September 2020

6,907

458

7,365

Amortisation

1,196

29

1,225

Foreign exchange movement

(458)

-

(458)

At 31 March 2021

7,645

487

8,132





Net book value




At 31 March 2021

18,295

43

18,338

At 30 September 2020

20,800

71

20,871

At 31 March 2020

22,901

104

23,005

 

The management contracts were acquired with the acquisition of Impax NH in January 2018 and are amortised over an 11 year life. An impairment test was completed on this asset for the year ended 30 September 2020 and showed no impairment was required. The test used the following key assumptions - inflows of new assets of $US0.34bn per annum on average, future equity fund performance of 5%, an average operating margin of 20% and a discounted cost of capital of 13.5%.

The assumptions that we would use in an impairment test performed at 31 March 2021 remain the same as at 30 September 2020. Actual asset inflows, fund performance and operating margin for the six months since 30 September 2020 have however been significantly in excess of those assumed and accordingly there are no indicators of impairment.

 

11 Leases

Property plant and equipment


31 March
2021
£000

31 March
2020
£000

30 September
2020
£000

Right-of-use assets

8,432

10,068

9,315

Property, plant and equipment owned by the Group

1,373

1,709

1,542


9,805

11,777

10,857

 

The carrying value of the Group's right of use assets, associated lease liabilities and the movements during the Period are set out below.


Right of
use asset
£000

Lease liabilities
£000

At 1 October 2020

9,315

10,671

Lease payments

-

(831)

Interest expense

-

242

Depreciation charge

(605)

-

Foreign exchange movement

(278)

(301)

At 31 March 2021

8,432

9,781

 

12 Current asset investments

The Group will from time to time facilitate the establishment of funds for which it is the investment manager. The Group may invest seed capital in these funds in order to provide initial scale and to facilitate the marketing of the fund to third party investors. Where the Group has control of the fund it is consolidated and its underlying investments are included in investments in the table below. Where the investments are not consolidated the investment itself is included in the table below. The Group also invests in private equity funds it manages. These investments are recorded at fair value.

 


£000

At 1 October 2019

4,626

Additions

702

Fair value movements

(378)

At 31 March 2020

4,950

Additions

56

Fair value movements

1,330

Repayments/disposals

(1,949)

At 30 September 2020

4,387

Additions

2,662

Fair value movements

177

Repayments/disposals

(689)

At 31 March 2021

6,537

 

An analysis of the investment by valuation technique hierarchy is disclosed below.


31 March
2021
£000

31 March
2020
£000

30 September
2020
£000

Level 1

3,895

1,527

1,953

Level 2

-

1,641

-

Level 3

2,642

1,782

2,434


6,537

4,950

4,387

 

Level 1 means that valuation is made by reference to quoted prices in active markets for the relevant securities.

Level 2 assets do not have regular market pricing but can be given a fair value based on quoted prices in active markets.

Level 3 assets are those where there is no readily available market information to value them and the asset value are based on models. They represent investments in our private equity funds.

 

13 Cash reserves  

Cash and cash equivalents under IFRS does not include deposits in money market funds or cash held in deposits with an original maturity of more than three months. However the Group considers its total cash reserves to include these amounts. Cash held in Research Payment Accounts ("RPAs") is collected from funds managed by the Group and can only be used towards the cost of researching stocks. A liability of an equal amount is included in trade and other payables. This cash is also excluded from cash reserves. A reconciliation is shown below:


31 March
2021
£000

31 March
2020
£000

30 September
2020
£000

Cash and cash equivalents

26,896

9,363

20,245

Cash held in money market funds and long-term deposit accounts

11,357

11,268

18,516

Less: cash held in RPAs

(3,777)

(743)

(1,363)





Total cash reserves

34,476

19,888

37,398

 

14 Loans

The Group retains a US$13 million revolving credit facility ("RCF") with RBS International which expires in January 2023. No amounts were drawn down or repaid in the current Period or in the prior year.

 

15 Share capital and own shares


31 March
2021

31 March
2020

30 September
2020

Issued and fully paid ordinary shares of 1 pence each




Number

132,596,554

130,415,087

130,415,087

£000s

1,326

1,304

1,304

 

On 16 February 2021 2,000,000 new shares were issued to the Impax Asset Management Group plc Employee Benefit Trust 2012 (the "EBT") and a further 181,467 shares were issued to management of Impax NH as part of the completion of the acquisition of that business.

 

 


31 March
2021

31 March
2020

30 September
2020

Own shares




Number

4,165,214

7,332,367

5,186,867

£000s

3,030

8,020

7,210

 

Own shares represents those held by the EBT which are typically used to fund exercise of options or awards of restricted shares.

The number of own shares held by the EBT fell in the Period as it transferred 3.0 million shares to option holders on exercise of options or to holders of restricted shares when the restrictions lapsed. This fall was offset by the issuance of the two million shares to the EBT referred to above.

As at 31 March 2021 there were a total of 2.6 million options outstanding over the Group's shares of which 1.0 million were exercisable. As at 31 March 2021 employees also held 3.4 million Restricted Shares over which the restrictions lapse from December 2021 through to February 2026. These Restricted Shares are held in the EBT and included in the own shares numbers shown above.

 

16 Related party transactions

Funds over which the Group has discretionary management and entities controlled by these funds are considered to be related parties of the Group.

BNP Paribas Asset Management Holdings is also a related party of the Group by virtue of owning a significant stake in the Group.

Revenue earned from and operating costs for related parties of the Group are as shown in the table below:


Six months ended
31 March
2021
£000

Six months ended
31 March
2020
£000

Year ended
30 September
2020
£000

Revenue

59,634

 40,720

 84,163

Operating costs

497

485

774

 

Investments in related parties of the Group and trade and other receivables due from related parties are as shown in the table below:


31 March
2021
£000

31 March
2020
£000

30 September
2020
£000

Current asset investments

 2,642

 1,782

 2,434

Trade and other receivables

23,577

14,450

 16,303

 

 

17 Reconciliation of net cashflow from operating activities

This note should be read in conjunction with the condensed Consolidated cashflow statement. It provides a reconciliation of how profit before tax, which is based on accounting rules, translates to cashflows.


31 March
2021
£000

31 March
2020
£000

30 September
2020
£000

Profit before taxation

14,448

8,045

16,682

Adjustments for:




Depreciation and amortisation

2,032

2,117

4,260

Finance income

(110)

(486)

(1,020)

Finance expense

2,103

781

1,921

Share-based payment charges

1,743

938

1,813

Operating cash flows before movement in working capital

20,216

11,395

23,656

(Increase) in receivables

(6,664)

(1,356)

(3,995)

(Decrease)/Increase in payables

(277)

(6,995)

4,721

Cash generated from operations

13,275

3,044

24,382

 

 

18 Completion of acquisition of Impax NH

On 16 February 2021 the Company completed the acquisition of Impax NH when it exercised its call option to acquire the remaining 16.7% of the shares held by Impax NH's management for total consideration, after repayment of loans made by Impax NH to the individuals, of $3,006k. $979k (£704k) was paid in cash and $2,027k was paid in the Company's shares with the number of shares being determined based on the average share price for the 20 trading days to 27 January 2021. The shares were however issued on 16 February 2021 and have been valued in these financial statements at a total of £1,535k using the share price on that date.

The award and subsequent purchase of the shares was treated as a share based payment classified as equity settled as the Company had the option of settling in cash or shares. The completion of the acquisition is therefore accounted for as a reduction in equity of £2,239k being the sum of the cash paid of £704k and the £1,535k value of the shares issued.

The amount of contingent consideration due in respect of the acquisition was also finalised with $270k payable. This amount has been recorded as a charge to profit.

19 Group risks

The Group's principal risks remain as detailed within the Directors' report of the Group's 2020 Strategic Report.

 

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