TIDMABDX

RNS Number : 3637G

Abingdon Health PLC

29 March 2022

Abingdon Health plc

("Abingdon" or "the Company")

Interim Results for the six months ended 31 December 2021

York, U.K - 29 March 2022: Abingdon Health plc (AIM: ABDX), a leading international developer and manufacturer of high quality and effective rapid tests, announces its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 31 December 2021.

Operational Highlights (including post-period):

-- CE-marking for professional use of AbC-19(TM) Semi-Q Rapid Test, which produces semi-quantitative results via a line intensity scorecard;

-- AppDx(R) smartphone app solution for lateral flow tests reached critical technical performance milestone, an additional UK patent has been granted for the AppDx(R) technology and is now ready for commercial launch;

-- Two contract service opportunities secured to date in 2022 - in fertility testing and environmental monitoring;

-- The transfer of the Vatic Health Ltd ("Vatic") antigen test into manufacturing is progressing as planned. Three technical transfer batches have been completed which adhere to specification with the final batch to be shipped to Vatic at the end of March according to plan. Initial production orders have been received and manufacturing will commence following technical transfer. Vatic submitted its FDA Emergency Use Authorisation ("EUA") in March 2022;

-- As announced in an RNS Reach today , DeepVerge plc ("DeepVerge") and Abingdon have signed a Memorandum of Understanding ("MoU") for a commercial agreement for the development, manufacture and commercialisation of lateral flow tests for DeepVerge's Modern Water and Life Science divisions;

-- As announced in an RNS Reach today , Vatic and Abingdon have signed an MoU for a commercial agreement for the development, manufacturing and commercialisation of lateral flow self-tests in the area of infectious diseases with an initial focus on influenza; and

-- Strong pipeline of other technical transfer opportunities, highlighting benefits of integrating our lateral flow contract development and manufacturing proposition.

Financial Highlights:

-- Revenue decreased to GBP1.7m (2020: GBP7.7m), predominantly due to no DHSC being recognised in the period, as well as other COVID-19 non-recurring revenues falling;

-- Like-for-like Contract Manufacturing revenue (excluding COVID-19 related contracts) decreased by 15.2% to GBP1.0m (2020: GBP1.2m);

   --    Like-for-like Contract Development revenue increased by 27.6% to GBP0.9m (2020: GBP0.7m); 

-- Gross profit margin adjusted for stock provisions was 25.4% (2020 40.1%), main impact on margin being labour under-recoveries with the changing cost base of the business on lower turnover; and

   --    Adjusted(1) Operating loss of GBP4.8m (2020: Adjusted(2) Operating loss of GBP0.1m); 

-- Non-binding terms of a settlement with DHSC were agreed on 9 November 2021. The Company awaits conclusion of this matter and payment of money owed, totalling GBP8.45m of unpaid invoices; and

-- Fundraise of GBP6.5m gross and GBP6.1m net of fees in December 2021 to support working capital and new product developments in the market segments of infectious disease for flu testing, Lyme disease and hepatitis C.

(1) adjusted for amortization, depreciation, share based payment expense and non-recurring legal fees

(2) adjusted for amortization, depreciation, share based payment expense and listing costs

Chris Yates, CEO at Abingdon Health plc, commented:

"Our focus remains on providing our customers with a first-class lateral flow contract development and manufacturing service. We have invested significantly in our operational infrastructure over the past 18 months and more importantly we have advanced our technical capability in developing, transferring and manufacturing lateral flow tests across an increasingly diverse range of use cases. I believe this is evidenced by the positive progress, and customer feedback we have received, in the scale-up to manufacture of recent tests, including Vatic, and I am proud of our people for the commitment and team effort they have shown in achieving these.

"We believe we are uniquely positioned in Europe to provide prospective customers with an efficient and expert technical transfer service to transition their lateral flow products into manufacture. With supply chain challenges remaining a major issue for many of our prospective customers, we are seeing significant interest in on-shoring and outsourcing lateral flow test manufacture as the international landscape for sourcing of these tests becomes more uncertain in these changing times. In addition, the diverse market and applications for lateral flow testing continues to grow and we are increasingly focused on a broader range of opportunities across clinical (including COVID-19), animal health, environmental and plant pathogen testing, giving us confidence that our strategy will drive future revenue growth."

For further information, please contact:

 
 Abingdon Health plc                                             www.abingdonhealth.com/investors/ 
 Chris Yates, Chief Executive Officer                                              Via Walbrook PR 
 Melanie Ross , Chief Financial Officer 
 Chris Hand, Non-Executive Chairman 
 
 Singer Capital Markets (Sole Broker and                                  Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000 
  Nominated Adviser) 
 Shaun Dobson, Peter Steel, Alex Bond 
  (Corporate Finance) 
 Tom Salvesen (Corporate Broking) 
 
 Walbrook PR Limited                         Tel: +44 (0)20 7933 8780 or abingdon@walbrookpr.com 
 Paul McManus / Lianne Applegarth                                   Mob: +44 (0)7980 541 893 / +44 
  Phil Marriage                                                        (0)7584 391 303 +44 (0)7867 
                                                                                           984 082 
 
 

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) 596/2014 as it forms part of UK domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018. Upon the publication of this announcement via the Regulatory Information Service, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

About Abingdon Health plc

Abingdon Health is a world leading developer and manufacturer of high-quality rapid tests across all industry sectors, including healthcare and COVID-19. Abingdon Health is the partner of choice for a growing global customer base and takes projects from initial concept through to routine and large-scale manufacturing and has also developed and marketed its own labelled tests.

The Company offers product development, regulatory support, technology transfer and manufacturing services for customers looking to develop new assays or transfer existing laboratory-based assays to a lateral flow format. Abingdon Health aims to support the increase in need for rapid results across many industries and locations and produces lateral flow tests in areas such as infectious disease, clinical testing including companion diagnostics, animal health and environmental testing. Faster access to results allows for rapid decision making, targeted intervention and can support better outcomes. This ability has a significant role to play in improving life across the world. To support this aim Abingdon Health has also developed AppDx(R) , a patented customisable image capturing technology that transforms a smartphone into a self-sufficient, standalone lateral-flow reader.

Founded in 2008, Abingdon Health is headquartered in York, England.

www.abingdonhealth.com

BUSINESS REVIEW

Strategy

Abingdon Health's goal is to make rapid testing accessible to all, by providing our customers with a comprehensive lateral flow contract development and automated manufacturing service and through the development and launch of our own lateral flow products.

As outlined in the trading update earlier this month, the Company is focused on three strategic growth areas:

1) Contract Development and Manufacturing Service

Our focus is to provide our customers with a rst-class development, technical transfer and manufacturing contract service, supported by additional expertise such as its in-house regulatory and commercial support. Many of our people have been involved in bringing lateral flow tests "from idea to market" across a range of different sectors and we can bring this experience to bear in servicing the needs of our growing customer base.

Non-COVID-19

As previously disclosed, the Company has successfully secured two contract service opportunities to date in 2022, one with an existing customer and one with a new European customer. One of these customers is in the eld of fertility testing, the other is in the eld of environmental monitoring, with both having commenced the process of scale-up to automated manufacturing.

We also have a number of other non-COVID-19 opportunities in the pipeline in a range of different clinical areas and we are confident of converting a number of these opportunities into signed contracts over the coming months.

We have seen, over recent months, a couple of key themes emerge in our markets. Firstly, supply chains remain challenging with issues for those buying product from abroad around surety of supply from Far Eastern manufacturers with delivery delays, logistics challenges (and increased logistics costs) and product quality issues. This is leading us to experience an increase in enquiries from prospective customers looking for a manufacturing partner "closer to home".

Secondly, a number of prospective customers that have successfully launched products are looking for a manufacturing partner to allow them to transition to high volume manufacture. Abingdon is an ideal partner given our ability to manufacture at scale and significant investment in automation in the primary scientific areas of production, including biochemical processes, spraying of membranes, lamination of finished lateral flow test strips, and the assembly and foiling of devices.

Today we announced the signing of an MoU with DeepVerge, an AIM listed environmental and life sciences group, leading to a commercial agreement for the development and manufacture of a range of Lateral Flow Tests ("LFTs") for Deepverge's Modern Water and Life Science divisions.

The MoU has been signed to enable the potential integration of the respective technologies of both Abingdon and DeepVerge. Both parties intend to enter into a longer-term commercial agreement, with Abingdon manufacturing and DeepVerge commercialising these new products.

Modern Water is the environmental division of DeepVerge that has developed and commercialised cutting-edge technology focused on monitoring of contaminated water and decontamination of wastewater.

Abingdon and DeepVerge will work on the development of LFT devices to detect dangerous pathogens and chemicals in household drinking and wastewater. This will add an extra layer of detection to the Modern Water range of equipment and services by incorporating a LFT into a hand-held mobile unit. The results can be digitally scanned using a mobile app with the potential to incorporate Abingdon's proprietary AppDx(R) technology.

In addition, Abingdon and DeepVerge will collaborate on the development of new LFTs to be added to DeepVerge's life science home-test portfolio , including hormone analysis related to menopause and associated skin changes, stress levels (cortisol), vitamin D, and other health markers related to conditions including diabetes, heart and liver function.

COVID-19

Abingdon's approach to COVID-19 is to target large contract manufacturing opportunities. It is the Board's opinion that, whilst individual governments may change their testing approach, the need from the public or private sector for COVID-19 antigen testing is likely to remain for an extended period. In all likelihood we will see an increase in testing requirements during the autumn and winter periods on a seasonal basis in the same way we do with the flu virus.

It is also interesting to note that the Chinese Government has recently made antigen tests available to the general public for the first time as it transitions away from a "zero-tolerance" approach to COVID-19. This may create challenges for the supply to Europe of Chinese-made lateral flow tests as these manufacturers divert their products to their domestic market. This further underlines the need for lateral flow development and manufacturing in local markets. Abingdon is well placed to service these needs.

Abingdon continues to work with Vatic on the technical transfer to large-scale manufacture of its Know-Now(TM) COVID-19 rapid antigen test into Abingdon's facilities. We are confident the Vatic Know-Now(TM) test will complete technical transfer to manufacture during March 2022. We also note Vatic's recent announcement of its submission to FDA EUA of its Know-Now(TM) COVID-19 rapid antigen test, which would open up the largest global diagnostics market to this test.

Vatic has placed firm purchase orders for the manufacture of Know-Now(TM) Tests and Abingdon will commence production as soon as practicable following completion of technical transfer, scheduled for 31 March 2022.

We were disappointed with the pause in the transfer of Avacta Group plc's ("Avacta") A DX(R) SARS-CoV-2 antigen lateral ow tests, following the successful preparation of three batches of its product which adhered to the agreed speci cations and passed all quality control procedures.

Abingdon is in active discussions on additional contract services opportunities in the area of COVID-19 antigen testing speci cally where the products are already in manufacture and a second manufacturer is required or there is a need to support a particular stage of the manufacturing process, for example in primary production where there may be a need to spray reagents on nitrocellulose and laminate to card format. A number of these discussions are advancing and we are optimistic of commercial traction in due course.

With regards to the AbC-19(TM) Rapid Test, the Directors strongly believe that the test has significant utility. However, to date, national testing strategies have not focused on antibody testing. Therefore, the Company has, for now, decided to rotate its focus away from block sales to health authorities toward end users of the AbC-19(TM) test and the BioSure COVID-19 antibody test, for which Abingdon is the manufacturer. The AbC-19(TM) product will therefore remain available for sale, including via the Abingdon website, and the Company will be ready to scale-up its supply as and when national testing strategies focus on an individual's antibody levels as a proxy for immunity.

2) E-commerce and distribution

The Company is in the process of developing and launching an enhanced B2C e-commerce website, due for completion in Q2 2022. The Directors believe that the direct-to-consumer lateral ow test market will grow signi cantly and in its recent report, Future Market Insights forecasts the global market for self-testing kits will be worth US $11bn by 2030.

The Company expects its e-commerce site to become a 'one-stop shop' for consumers to purchase lateral ow tests across a range of indications, with Abingdon selling its own tests as well as complementary third-party tests directly to consumer via the site. These third-party tests will be independently validated by the Company to provide the customer with the assurance that the tests have been checked by lateral flow experts and are "fit for purpose" and user-friendly.

As part of this process of improving our digital offering we relaunched in March 2022 our B2B Pocket Diagnostics e-commerce site. This will initially focus on plant, food and environmental testing products and we will look to augment our existing Pocket Diagnostic product range with third party products going forward.

We are also actively building our own distribution network. Our expertise is in the development and manufacture of lateral flow tests and we are not looking to own the route to market. Therefore, we will work with partners to distribute our lateral flow tests in certain channels and internationally. We recently appointed a new distribution channel manager tasked with building this distribution channel to provide routes to market for both our own products and third-party products which we have validated.

3) New product development

There is strong public sentiment that people are increasingly willing to manage their own healthcare but also wish to prevent spreading infection further by, for example, isolating from elderly and immune compromised family and friends in the event of a positive test result.

The Company therefore intends to develop lateral ow self-tests in areas of large and unmet need. The Company has commenced its product development process to develop lateral ow self-tests for in uenza A/B and Lyme disease with hepatitis C work at an earlier stage.

Global Market Insights estimates that the rapid in uenza diagnostic tests market will be worth US $689m globally by the year 2025. The majority of u testing is currently performed by professionals using 'for professional use only' tests, and the Directors believe there is a clear rationale for an influenza self-test, with encouraging early market feedback having been undertaken with consumers and clinicians. The flu test programme has commenced and we are undertaking reagent selection at this time.

We were pleased to announce today the signing of an MoU with Vatic, leading to a commercial agreement for the development and manufacture of a range of LFTs in the area of infectious disease. Initially Abingdon and Vatic will focus on the development of an innovative influenza LFT, utilising Vatic's proprietary technology platform which identifies proteins via their surface biological mechanisms. The technology has been proven in the development of Vatic's KnowNow test, and means the test only identifies "infectious" or "active" copies of the virus which are capable of cell entry and thereby infect a human cell. The application of this technology within the influenza LFT could have the same potential benefits in terms of accuracy and sensitivity in picking up only those that are infectious, differentiating it from other commercially available tests.

We are working with a European partner, which is an expert in this field, on the development of our Lyme disease self-test that is providing validated samples and expertise in this area. Work to date has shown that the test is functional and going forward practical work will focus on final confirmation of reagents and test strip material configuration.

The consumer market feedback we have received from independent surveys on both flu and Lyme disease is very positive and we are confident there is a market for these tests. With regard to flu testing, our results indicate that the public understand the benefits of testing themselves, are prepared to pay for tests, and that they will change their behaviour if they receive a positive test result.

In terms of Lyme disease there is a strong recognition from our consumer survey that people want a test to rule in/out Lyme disease to enable early diagnosis and treatment. There have been a number of high-profile cases of Lyme disease where late detection caused significant medical complications and these may have been prevented by early diagnosis and treatment.

Operational capacity

The Company has a large capacity to develop and manufacture lateral flow tests at its disposal due to the investment made following the IPO. This capacity is capable of delivering c.150m test strips per annum, and c.85m fully completed foiled wrapped devices. We believe this makes us one of the largest automated lateral flow test manufacturers in Europe with the ability to provide a full contract service to our customers, including reagent selection, test development, technical transfer into manufacturing, regulatory consultancy and commercial support. Our investment in automation means that we can compete not only on scale and quantity of tests, but also on price whilst delivering a quality product to our customers, without the concerns of significant freight costs or timing delays associated with bringing product in from other areas of the world.

AppDx(R) smartphone app solution for lateral flow tests

AppDx(R) uses proprietary digital processing and machine learning algorithms to allow the objective reading of lateral flow results via a smartphone. Abingdon has developed this algorithm as a Software Development Kit (SDK) which can then be incorporated into a smartphone app solution in any potential application, for example in the development of self-test solutions in the clinical market.

The AppDx(R) SDK is protected by a portfolio of intellectual property. In addition to being a knowledge leader for source code for SDK in this field, and holding historical patents, the Company has a newly granted UK patent on the use of neural networks to read lateral flow tests (GB2583149) with other international applications pending. The Company has additional patent applications filed and in process.

Using deep learning for the qualitative readout of rapid tests, Abingdon's model achieved 98.15% sensitivity and 98.28% specificity on a blood-based lateral flow test. Following achievement of this critical technical performance milestone the AppDx(R) SDK is ready for commercial launch. As previously advised, the Company is seeking to work with a small number of strategic partners to bring this important digital solution to market later this year.

People

During the six months to 31 December 2021, the Company stabilised its employee numbers with a small downward shift from 134 people at the start of the financial year to 123 as at the end of December 2021. The Company will continue to review its operational infrastructure to ensure it is appropriately sized to satisfy its near term pipeline and revenue growth expectations.

As a business, Abingdon Health has undergone significant change in the past 18 months with a large scale up project for AbC-19(TM) and the regrettable redundancy programme that followed as a direct impact of the DHSC dispute. The Board would like to thank all of the Company's staff for their flexibility and support during this challenging period; their commitment and endeavour continues to be greatly appreciated. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, more than ever, the safety and well-being of the Company's staff has been the priority.

To support the Company's strategic refocus, Olly Gardner was appointed as Chief Commercial Officer in February 2022 and Mark Jones was appointed Chief Operating Officer to drive forward both the commercial strategy and the operational roll-out of new manufacturing programmes.

Financial Performance

As previously disclosed, revenues during the period were GBP1.7m (2020: GBP7.7m), representing a decrease of 78%. The Company's contract with the DHSC for the supply of AbC-19(TM) forms a substantial portion of this reduction in revenue for the period. GBP4.4m in the prior period related to AbC-19(TM) sales to DHSC and GBP1.7m related to other COVID-19 related non-recurring revenues.

The gross profit margin (adjusted for stock obsolescence) for the period decreased to 25.4% (2020: 40.1%). This reflects the labour under-recovery of the infrastructure built and under-utilised.

Stock obsolescence was a further GBP1.6m, which reflects the stocks of AbC-19(TM) built for deployment in territories that have not materialised in the timeframe expected. The Directors continue to believe that it has a role to play in COVID-19 vaccine roll outs. As such, we continue to offer the product, however, the volumes of stocks held will now be much lower until traction increases.

Adjusted operating loss has increased significantly from the prior period to GBP4.8m (2020: loss of GBP0.1m) due to lack of volume. Adjustments made to the operating loss include share-based payment expenses (GBP0.1m) and one-off costs relating to the judicial review scheduled for May 2022 where the Group is named as an interested party (GBP0.2m).

The Company's cash balance at 31 December 2021 was GBP5.9m.

DHSC

At this time, the DHSC owes Abingdon Health GBP8.4m in relation to the supply of AbC-19(TM) and the procurement of materials on behalf of the DHSC. As described in Note 3 to these interim statements the Board are confident that the Company can substantially recover monies related to this debt, however, this is taking longer than previously anticipated and the timing of recovery is uncertain following the signing of a non-binding heads of terms agreement in November 2021. Due to the uncertain timing and completion of this agreement, the Company has at this time elected to treat a portion of these amounts owing as a bad debt, which will enable the reclaiming of c. GBP0.8m in VAT previously paid over to HMRC by Abingdon in relation to the provision of tests (but not paid to Abingdon by DHSC). At the point the monies are paid over by the DHSC in final settlement, the necessary further amendments to VAT will be made and paid over to HMRC.

Current Trading and Outlook

The Board is confident that the Company is well placed to take advantage of the expected growth in the lateral flow test market across the clinical, animal health, plant and environmental markets. Lateral flow tests are now much more widely understood and adopted by the general public and COVID-19 has highlighted the significant utility of these cost-effective rapid tests. The Board is encouraged by the pipeline of opportunities the Company is actively engaging with.

That said, the Company continues to work in a complex and uncertain environment and is mindful that the capacity within the business is under-utilised at this time.. As evidenced above, the Company has a strong pipeline of opportunities in the near to medium term which should lead to revenue growth. However, if these opportunities do not convert then the Company remains able to take action to conserve cash.

As a UK developer and manufacturer of lateral flow tests, the Company is uniquely placed to support its growing customer base as they focus on surety of supply and quality and the Board is confident that its redefined strategic plan will ultimately deliver value for shareholders.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

For the period ended 31 December 2021

 
                                                          As restated* 
                                   Notes      Unaudited      Unaudited    Audited 
                                               6 months       6 months       Year 
                                                  ended          ended      ended 
                                            31 December    31 December    30 June 
                                                   2021           2020       2021 
                                                GBP'000        GBP'000    GBP'000 
 
 Revenue                            1             1,704          7,687     11,618 
 Cost of sales                                  (2,844)        (4,606)    (7,475) 
                                          ------------- 
 Gross (loss)/profit                            (1,140)          3,081      4,143 
 
 Administrative expenses                        (3,664)        (3,229)    (7,547) 
 Other income                                        50            134        148 
------------------------------  --------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
 Operating loss (before 
  adjusting items)                              (4,754)           (14)    (3,256) 
 
 Amortisation                                      (58)            (7)       (42) 
 Depreciation                                     (581)           (34)      (707) 
 Share-based payment expenses                     (100)        (1,243)    (1,367) 
 Non-recurring legal fees                         (198)              -      (257) 
 Listing costs                                        -          (570)      (903) 
 Non-recurring redundancy 
  costs                                               -              -      (188) 
 
 Operating loss                                 (5,691)        (1,868)    (6,720) 
 
 Finance income                                       -              -          - 
 Finance costs                                     (34)          (205)      (234) 
 Loss before taxation                           (5,725)        (2,073)    (6,954) 
 
 Taxation (charge)/credit                           (9)          1,713       (19) 
 
 Loss for the period                            (5,734)          (360)    (6,973) 
                                          -------------  -------------  --------- 
 
 Other comprehensive loss                             -           (16)          - 
 
 Total comprehensive loss 
  for the period                                (5,734)          (376)    (6,973) 
                                          -------------  -------------  --------- 
 
 Basic earnings per share 
  (pence)                           2            (2.05)         (0.05)     (2.65) 
                                          -------------  -------------  --------- 
 
 Diluted earnings per 
  share (pence)                     2            (2.05)         (0.05)     (2.65) 
                                          -------------  -------------  --------- 
 

*The restatement is detailed in note 6.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

For the period ended 31 December 2021

 
                                  Notes                   As restated* 
                                              Unaudited      Unaudited     Audited 
                                            31 December    31 December     30 June 
                                                   2021           2020        2021 
                                                GBP'000        GBP'000     GBP'000 
 ASSETS 
 Non-current assets 
 Goodwill                                           763            763         763 
 Other intangible assets                            445            174         465 
 Property, plant and equipment                    8,764          5,315       9,041 
 Deferred tax assets                                  -          1,204           - 
                                         --------------  ------------- 
                                                  9,972          7,456      10,269 
                                         --------------  -------------  ---------- 
 
 Current assets 
 Deferred tax assets                                  -          1,000           - 
 Inventories                                      7,736          5,833       7,888 
 Trade and other receivables        3             9,592          6,801       9,978 
 Income tax debtor                                  155            275         115 
 Cash and cash equivalents                        5,961         16,516       4,977 
                                         --------------  -------------  ---------- 
                                                 23,444         30,425      22,958 
                                         --------------  -------------  ---------- 
 
 Total assets                                    33,416         37,881      33,227 
                                         --------------  -------------  ---------- 
 
 LIABILITIES 
 Current liabilities 
 Trade and other payables                        10,263          8,540      10,405 
 Borrowings                                         125             73         125 
 Lease liabilities                                  220            228         227 
                                                 10,608          8,841      10,757 
                                         --------------  -------------  ---------- 
 
 Non-current liabilities 
 Borrowings                                         311            177         367 
 Lease liabilities                                  668            888         776 
                                                         ------------- 
                                                    979          1,065       1,143 
                                         --------------  -------------  ---------- 
 
 Provisions 
 Deferred tax liabilities                             -            509           - 
                                         --------------  -------------  ---------- 
                                                      -            509           - 
                                         --------------  -------------  ---------- 
 
 Total liabilities                               11,587         10,415      11,900 
                                         --------------  -------------  ---------- 
 
 Net assets                                      21,829         27,466      21,327 
                                         --------------  -------------  ---------- 
 
 EQUITY 
 Share capital                      4                76             69          69 
 Share premium                                   30,309         23,846      24,180 
 Share based payment reserve        5               121            329          44 
 Retained earnings                              (8,677)          3,222     (2,966) 
 
 Total equity                                    21,829         27,466      21,327 
                                         --------------  -------------  ---------- 
 

*The restatement is detailed in note 6

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

For the period ended 31 December 2021

 
                                               Share      Share   Share based    Retained     Total equity 
                                             capital    premium       payment    earnings     attributable 
                                                                      reserve                    to owners 
                                                                                             of the parent 
                                             GBP'000    GBP'000       GBP'000     GBP'000          GBP'000 
 
 At 1 July 2020                                   15     13,195            70    (10,531)            2,749 
 Loss (as restated, note 6)                        -          -             -       (360)            (360) 
 Deferred tax OCI movement                         -          -             -        (16)             (16) 
 Total comprehensive loss for the period           -          -             -       (376)            (376) 
 Capital reduction                                 -   (13,145)             -      13,145                - 
 Bonus share allotment                            46       (46)             -           -                - 
 Share option expense (as restated, note 
  6)                                               -          -         1,243           -            1,243 
 Share options exercised (as restated, 
  note 6)                                          1          -         (973)         973                1 
 Share options cancelled                           -          -          (11)          11                - 
 Conversion of loan notes                          1      3,481             -           -            3,482 
 Shares issued on listing                          6     21,994             -           -           22,000 
 Cost of issue of shares                           -    (1,633)             -           -          (1,633) 
 
 At 31 December 2020 (as restated)                69     23,846           329       3,222           27,466 
                                           ---------  ---------  ------------  ----------  --------------- 
 
 Loss                                              -          -             -     (6,613)          (6,613) 
 Deferred tax OCI movement                         -          -             -          16               16 
                                           ---------  ---------  ------------  ----------  --------------- 
 Total comprehensive loss for the period           -          -             -     (6,597)          (6,597) 
 Share option expense                              -          -           124           -              124 
 Share options cancelled                           -          -         (409)         409                - 
 Cost of issue of shares adjustment                -        334             -           -              334 
 
 At 30 June 2021                                  69     24,180            44     (2,966)           21,327 
                                           ---------  ---------  ------------  ----------  --------------- 
 
 
 
 
 
 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY (continued)

For the period ended 31 December 2021

 
                                                Share      Share   Share based    Retained     Total equity 
                                              capital    premium       payment    earnings     attributable 
                                                                       reserve                    to owners 
                                                                                              of the parent 
                                              GBP'000    GBP'000       GBP'000     GBP'000          GBP'000 
 
 Loss                                               -          -             -     (5,734)          (5,734) 
                                           ----------  ---------  ------------  ----------  --------------- 
 Total comprehensive loss for the period            -          -             -     (5,734)          (5,734) 
 Share option expense                               -          -           100           -              100 
 Share options cancelled                            -          -          (23)          23                - 
 Issue of shares                                    7      6,493             -           -            6,500 
 Cost of issue of shares                            -      (364)             -           -            (364) 
 
 At 31 December 2021                               76     30,309           121     (8,677)           21,829 
                                           ----------  ---------  ------------  ----------  --------------- 
 
 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASHFLOWS

For the period ended 31 December 2021

 
                                                                As restated 
                                                  Unaudited       Unaudited                Audited 
                                                   6 months        6 months             Year ended 
                                                      ended           ended                30 June 
                                                31 December     31 December                   2021 
                                                       2021            2020 
                                                    GBP'000         GBP'000              GBP'000 
 
 Cash flow from operating activities 
 Loss for the period                                (5,734)           (360)              (6,973) 
 Adjustment for: 
 Other income                                          (50)           (134)                (148) 
 Net finance costs                                       34             205                  234 
 Tax charge/(credit)                                      9         (1,713)                   19 
 Amortisation and impairment of intangible 
  assets                                                 58               7                   42 
 Share based payments                                   100           1,243                1,367 
 Depreciation of property, plant 
  and equipment                                         581             337                  707 
 Disposal of property, plant and                         39               -                    - 
  equipment 
 
 Changes in working capital: 
 Decrease/(Increase) in inventories                     152         (5,054)              (7,109) 
 Decrease/(increase) in trade and 
  other receivables                                     385         (5,124)              (8,103) 
 (Decrease)/increase in trade and 
  other payables                                      (134)           5,326                7,033 
                                             --------------  --------------  ------------------- 
 Cash used in operations                            (4,560)         (5,267)             (12,931) 
 Interest paid                                         (34)            (27)                 (51) 
 Income taxes received                                    1               -                  106 
                                             --------------  --------------  ------------------- 
 Net cash used in operating activities              (4,593)         (5,294)             (12,876) 
                                             --------------  --------------  ------------------- 
 
 Cash flow from investing activities 
 Purchase of intangible assets                         (39)           (166)                 (71) 
 Internally capitalised development 
  costs                                                   -               -                (419) 
 Purchase of property, plant and 
  equipment                                           (342)         (2,654)              (6,761) 
 Proceeds on disposal of property, 
  plant and equipment                                     -               8                    8 
 Payment of deferred consideration                        -            (32)                 (32) 
                                             --------------  --------------  ------------------- 
 Net cash used in investing activities                (381)         (2,844)              (7,275) 
                                             --------------  --------------  ------------------- 
 
 Cash flow from financing activities 
 Net proceeds from issue of own shares                6,135          20,368               20,702 
 Cash withheld for SAYE scheme                          (3)               -                    9 
 Proceeds from new bank loans and 
  borrowings                                              -               -                  250 
 Repayment of bank loans and borrowings                (58)            (13)                 (19) 
 Payment of lease obligations                         (116)           (109)                (222) 
 Proceeds from issue of loan notes                        -              20                   20 
 Net cash generated from investing 
  activities                                          5,958          20,266               20,740 
                                             --------------  --------------  ------------------- 
 
 Increase in cash and cash equivalents                  984          12,128                  589 
 
 Net cash and cash equivalents at 
  beginning of the period                             4,977           4,388                4,388 
                                             --------------  --------------  ------------------- 
 Net cash and cash equivalents at 
  end of period                                       5,961          16,516                4,977 
                                             --------------  --------------  ------------------- 
 
 

Notes to the Interim Financial Statements

For the period ended 31 December 2021

Company information

Abingdon Health PLC ("the Company") is a public limited company domiciled and incorporated in England and Wales. The Company is quoted on the London Stock Exchange's Alternative Investment Market ("AIM"). The registered office is York Biotech Campus, Sand Hutton, York, YO41 1LZ. The consolidated financial information (or "financial statements") incorporate the financial information of the Company and entities (its subsidiaries) controlled by the Company (collectively comprising the "Group").

The principal activity of the Group is to develop, manufacture and distribute diagnostic devices and provide consultancy services to businesses in the diagnostics sector.

Significant accounting policies

The Group has presented below key extracts of its accounting policies. All policies are consistent with the previous statutory financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2021 and are expected to be consistently applied for the current year ended 30 June 2022 inclusive of these changes. However, there has been a restatement to the period ended 31 December 2020 as detailed in note 6.

Basis of preparation

These financial statements have been prepared in accordance with international accounting standards ("IFRS") as adopted by the United Kingdom ("UK") insofar as these apply to interim financial statements.

The financial information set out in these interim consolidated financial statements for the six months ended 31 December 2021 is unaudited. The financial information presented are not statutory accounts prepared in accordance with the Companies Act 2006, and are prepared only to comply with AIM requirements for interim reporting.

The Group's financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2021 have been filed with the Registrar of Companies. The auditor's report on those financial statements was unqualified and did not contain a statement under Section 498 (2) of the Companies Act 2006, except for a material uncertainty in relation to going concern.

Basis of measurement

The financial statements have been prepared on the historical cost basis, modified to include the revaluation of certain financial instruments at fair value.

Use of estimates and judgements

The preparation of the financial statements in conformity with IFRS requires management to make judgements, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of policies and reported amounts of assets and liabilities, income, and expenses. The estimates and associated assumptions are based on historical experience and various other factors that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances, the results of which form the basis of making the judgements about carrying values of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. Actual results may differ from these estimates.

Estimates and underlying assumptions are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Revisions to accounting estimates are recognised in the period in which the estimate is revised and in any future periods affected.

Going concern

As at 31 December 2021, the Group has net current assets. The Group has a number of contracts in place which generate revenues, and are expected to continue doing so. The Group also has unused cash reserves available.

The Group continues to focus on securing sales of existing and new products, but the delay in recovery of monies owed by the Department of Health and Social Care ("DHSC"), which are described more fully in note 3, meant that there was a need to obtain further funding as well as continue to monitor costs in the near term to ensure that the Group has adequate financial resources to meet its obligations as they fall due for the next twelve month period with reasonable certainty. The above factors represented a material uncertainty that may cast significant doubt on the Group's ability to continue as a going concern.

The Group received additional funding support of GBP6.5m through an issue of shares during the period to 31 December 2021. In case the DHSC receivable remains unpaid for an extended period, the Directors are of the opinion that the funds raised and the significant unused cash reserves plus to continued monitoring of costs and commercial traction will permit it to remain a going concern, and as such the Directors continue to adopt a going concern basis for the preparation of these interim financial statements.

Basis of consolidation

The Group financial information consolidates those of the Company and the subsidiaries that the Company has control of. Control is established when the Company is exposed, or has rights, to variable returns from its involvement with the subsidiary and has the ability to affect those returns through its power over the subsidiary.

Electronic communications

The Company is not proposing to bulk print and distribute hard copies of this Interim Report for the six months ended 31 December 2021 unless specifically requested by individual shareholders. The Board believes that by utilising electronic communication it delivers savings to the Company in terms of administration, printing and postage, and environmental benefits through reduced consumption of paper and inks, as well as speeding up the provision of information to shareholders.

News updates, Regulatory News and Financial statements can be viewed and downloaded from the Group's website, www.abingdonhealth.com/investors. Copies can also be requested from: Company Secretary, Abingdon Health PLC, York Biotech Campus, Sand Hutton, York YO41 1LZ.

Share-based payment

The fair value of equity-settled share-based payments to employees is determined at the date of grant and is expensed on a straight-line basis over the vesting period based on the Group's estimate of shares or options that will eventually vest.

   1.     Revenue 

The Group applies IFRS 15 'Revenue from contracts with customers'. Under IFRS 15, the Group applies the 5-step method to identify contracts with its customers, determine performance obligations arising under those contracts, set an expected transaction price, allocate that price to the performance obligations, and then recognises revenues as and when those obligations are satisfied.

Segmental analysis of revenue

 
                                    Unaudited      Unaudited 
                                     6 months       6 months       Audited 
                                           to             to     12 months 
                                  31 December    31 December    to 30 June 
                                         2021           2020          2021 
                                      GBP'000        GBP'000       GBP'000 
 Contract development                     887            695         1,568 
 Contract manufacturing                   614            610         1,690 
 Product sales                            203            382         8,360 
                                -------------  -------------  ------------ 
 Total revenue from contracts 
  with customers                        1,704          7,687        11,618 
                                -------------  -------------  ------------ 
 

Revenue analysed by geographical market

 
                                   Unaudited         Unaudited       Audited 
                                    6 months          6 months     12 months 
                              to 31 December    to 31 December    to 30 June 
                                        2021              2020          2021 
                                     GBP'000           GBP'000       GBP'000 
 United Kingdom                        1,013             5,022         6,596 
 United States of America                 67             1,823         3,405 
 Europe                                  523               557         1,560 
 Rest of World                           101               285            57 
                            ----------------  ----------------  ------------ 
                                       1,704             7,687        11,618 
                            ----------------  ----------------  ------------ 
 
   2.     Earnings per share 

The calculation of the basic and diluted earnings per share is based on the following data:

 
                                  31 December    As restated    30 June 2021 
                                         2021    31 December 
                                                        2020 
 
 Earnings used in calculation 
  (GBP'000s)                          (5,734)          (360)         (6,973) 
 Number of shares                 279,428,969    248,082,324     262,926,110 
 Basic EPS (p)                         (2.05)         (0.15)          (2.65) 
 Number of dilutable shares       279,428,969    248,179,612     262,926,110 
 Diluted EPS (p)                       (2.05)         (0.15)          (2.65) 
 

The directors have presented adjusted earnings before the introduction of deferred taxes which were previously unrecognised as a measure of ongoing profitability and performance, and before deduction of share based payment costs and listing costs. This is to permit better ongoing comparison of underlying trends, as explained more fully in note 12 to the 30 June 2021 annual financial statements. The calculated adjusted earnings for the current period of accounts is as follows:

 
 Adjusted Earnings per Share                              As restated 
                                              6 months       6 months             Year 
                                                 ended          ended            ended 
                                           31 December    31 December     30 June 2021 
                                                  2021           2020 
                                              GBP'000s       GBP'000s         GBP'000s 
 
 Loss after taxation                           (5,734)          (360)          (6,954) 
 Adjusted for: 
 Previously unrecognised net deferred                -        (1,832)                - 
  tax asset 
 Share based payment                               100          1,243            1,367 
 Listing costs                                       -            570              903 
 Non-recurring legal fees                          198              -              257 
 Non-recurring employee redundancy 
  costs                                              -              -              188 
 Depreciation and amortisation                     639             41              749 
 Finance costs                                      34            205              234 
 
 Adjusted Earnings                             (4,763)          (133)          (3,256) 
                                        --------------  -------------  --------------- 
 
 
                                                 As restated 
                                     6 months       6 months             Year 
                                        ended          ended            ended 
                                  31 December    31 December     30 June 2021 
                                         2021           2020 
 
 Adjusted earnings (GBP000s)          (4,763)          (133)          (3,256) 
 Number of shares                 279,428,969    248,082,324      262,926,110 
 Adjusted EPS (p)                      (1.70)         (0.05)           (1.25) 
 Number of dilutable shares       279,428,969    248,179,612      262,926,110 
 Adjusted diluted EPS (p)              (1.70)         (0.05)           (1.25) 
 

3. Impact of Department of Health and Social Care ("DHSC") Contract on the Statement of Financial Position ("SFP")

Detailed commentary relating to the position with the DHSC was outlined in our Group financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2021. This can be found in the accounts under note 16 where the status was updated prior to the signing of the financial statements on 17 November 2021.

The Group has the following overall carrying amounts on the SFP as at 31 December 2021 and as at the date of approval of the interim financial statements:

 
                                               At             At           At 
                                      31 December    31 December      30 June 
                                         2021 (3)           2020         2021 
                                       (Excluding     (Excluding   (Excluding 
                                             VAT)           VAT)         VAT) 
                                          GBP'000        GBP'000      GBP'000 
 
 Inventories - title with DHSC              4,514              -        3,987 
 Trade receivables - recharge 
  of inventories (1)                       *2,745              -       *2,116 
 Trade receivables - sale of 
  tests (including profit margin)          *4,294              -       *4,294 
 Contract liability (2)                   (5,936)              -      (5,308) 
                                    -------------  -------------  ----------- 
 Net impact of SFP                          5,617              -        5,089 
                                    -------------  -------------  ----------- 
 

(1) After deduction of GBP4.0m (excluding VAT) of cash received from DHSC for purchase of inventories.

(2) This is net of GBP0.9m (excluding VAT) of inventories which have been utilised in delivering 1 million tests recognised within Revenue and Trade Receivables in the year ended 30 June 2021.

* These balances are held in Trade receivables including VAT which total GBP8.4m as at 31 December 2021.

The Group is contractually entitled to late payment interest on the overdue trade receivables, which is to be calculated at 8% above base rate. This has not been recognised in the current period's Group Income Statement, or on the SFP, as it remains uncertain as to the settlement of this or certainty of ultimate cash inflows. Any such element will be recognised in full once the Group's entitlement to receipt is confirmed.

The Directors of the Group are of the opinion that all balances are recoverable in full and have placed into the public domain a number of documents and statements which justify and support this position. These interim financial statements have been prepared on the explicit assumption that all contractual provisions of the DHSC contract have been met, and that DHSC will uphold their legal responsibilities under this contract in respect of full cash settlement of the contractually due balances. In this outcome, the Group would receive full settlement of its receivables in cash, plus late payment interest. The Directors, as at 31 December 2021, consider that this balance is recoverable within one year and have therefore presented it as a Debtor due in <1 year. No expected credit loss provision is held against this balance for the reasons set out above. Consideration was given as to whether any discounting of the trade receivable should take place, but, based on the Effective Interest Rate for the Trade Receivable being zero, when billed, no discounting has been performed.

However, should any element of the trade receivable become irrecoverable the Group would be entitled to recover the VAT paid on that balance, equal to 20% of the net amount not recovered. Any remaining balance would be recognised as an impairment to the Group Income Statement, which would be entirely recognised within future reported profits and losses. Any adjustments to inventories would likely not impact the Group Income Statement as a result of the Contract liability shown above, however this may bring certain elements of those inventories into the Group's ownership. Such inventories are expected to be utilisable in other product production by the Group, but in the event that no such utilisation can occur this may result in an inventory impairment for those materials.

The Group continues to follow the Dispute Resolution Process ("DRP") set out in the DHSC contract, which as at the date of approval of the financial statements is taking the form of a mediation process and a non-binding agreement in principle was reached in November 2021. Through this process the Group expects that the monies owed will be substantially recovered, however the exact timing of this remains uncertain as at the date of approval of the financial statements. This mediation does not change the Directors' opinion of the balances recognised on the SFP as at the 30 June 2021 year end or the interim period to 31 December 2021.

   4.   Share capital 
 
                                   31 December   31 December       30 June 
                                          2021          2020          2021 
 
 Ordinary share capital 
 Authorised                             Number     Number        Number 
 Ordinary shares of 0.025p each    121,699,114    95,699,114    95,699,114 
 Deferred ordinary shares of 
  0.025p each                      182,316,812   182,316,812   182,316,812 
                                  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
                                   304,015,926   278,015,926   278,015,926 
                                  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
 
 Allotted and fully paid                Number        Number        Number 
 Ordinary shares of 0.025p each    121,699,114    95,699,114    95,699,114 
 Deferred ordinary shares of 
  0.025p each                      182,316,812   182,316,812   182,316,812 
                                  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
                                   304,015,926   278,015,926   278,015,926 
 
                                       GBP'000       GBP'000       GBP'000 
 Ordinary shares of 0.025p each             31            24            24 
 Deferred ordinary shares of 
  0.025p each                               45            45            45 
                                  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
                                            76            69            69 
                                  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
 

Reconciliation of movements during the periods:

 
                                    Ordinary    A Ordinary      Deferred 
                                      Number        Number      Ordinary 
                                                                  Number 
 
 At 1 July 2020                   11,406,826     3,916,450             - 
 Bonus issue of shares funded 
  by share premium                         -             -    45,969,828 
 Exercise of share options         1,322,440             -             - 
 Conversion of loan notes          1,159,271             -             - 
 A Ordinary reclassification         390,625             -     (390,625) 
 A Ordinary reclassification       3,916,450   (3,916,450)             - 
 4:1 share split                  54,586,836             -   136,737,609 
 Issue of shares for cash         22,916,666             -             - 
 
 At 31 December 2020 and 30 
  June 2021                       95,699,114             -   182,316,812 
                                ------------  ------------  ------------ 
 
 Issue of shares for cash         26,000,000             -             - 
 
 At 31 December 2021             121,699,114             -   182,316,812 
                                ------------  ------------  ------------ 
 
   5.   Share options 

The following movements on share options have been recognised in the period:

 
                              Number of share options               Weighted average exercise 
                                                                               price 
                      31 December   31 December            30   31 December   31 December       30 
                             2021          2020          June          2021          2020     June 
                                                         2021                                 2021 
                           Number        Number        Number           GBP           GBP      GBP 
 
 Outstanding 
  at start of 
  period                  729,467       287,440       287,440        0.5071         0.001    0.001 
 Granted                        -     1,145,000     2,049,275             -         0.001   0.2191 
 Exercised                      -   (1,322,440)   (1,322,440)             -         0.001   0.0080 
 Lapsed                         -             -      (80,000)             -             -   0.0010 
 Forfeited              (129,273)      (30,000)     (204,808)        0.5139         0.001   0.3355 
 4:1 bonus issue                -       240,000             -             -       0.00025        - 
 
 Outstanding 
  at end of period        600,194       320,000       729,467        0.5057       0.00025   0.5071 
                     ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------  ------- 
 
 Exercisable 
  at end of period              -             -             -             -             -        - 
                     ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------  ------- 
 

The options outstanding at 31 December 2021 had an exercise price ranging from GBP0.00025 to GBP0.70 and a remaining contractual life of between 2 years 9 months and 9 years 9 months. The options exist at 31 December 2021 across the following share option schemes:

 
                                     Number       Exercise   Fair value   Vesting 
                                  of shares      price per    of scheme    period 
                                               share (GBP) 
 Options issued in April 2021       166,682        0.00025      129,137    1 year 
 SAYE scheme commenced in 
  March 2021                        433,512           0.70      254,941   3 years 
                                    600,194                     384,078 
                                -----------                 ----------- 
 

The fair value of the scheme represents the reduced fair value after adjusting for leavers, and is being expensed over the vesting period. All share options expire 10 years after the date of issue.

   6.   Restatement 

A restatement has been made to the 31 December 2020 interim period to correct a provisional fair value of share options which was subsequently finalised in the audited financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2021. All options had vested prior to 31 December 2020 and were exercised as part of the Group's admission to AIM.

The adjustment made to the 31 December 2020 interim period is as follows:

 
                                    As previously   Adjustment   As restated 
                                         reported 
 6 months to 31 December 2020             GBP'000      GBP'000       GBP'000 
 
 Operating loss before adjusting 
  items                                      (55)            -          (55) 
 Share-based payment expenses               (741)        (502)       (1,243) 
 Listing costs                              (570)            -         (570) 
 Operating loss                           (1,366)        (502)       (1,868) 
 

Corresponding adjustments have also been recognised within the Statement of Changes in Equity, in respect of the exercise of these share options.

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