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Unaudited Interim Results for the six months ended 30 June 2018

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STM Group Plc (AIM: STM), the multi-jurisdictional financial services group, is pleased to announce its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2018.

Highlights include:

  2018 2017
Normalised
Change 2017
Actual
Revenue £10.8m £10.2m* +6% £10.7m
Earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation ("EBITDA") £2.5m £2.4m* +5% £2.9m
Profit before taxation ("PBT") £2.1m £1.9m* +11% £2.4m
PBT margin 20% 19% +5% 22%
Earnings per share 3.21p 3.10p* +4% 3.89p
Cash at bank (net of borrowings) £16.3m £11.4m +43% £11.4m
Interim dividend 0.7p 0.6p +17% 0.6p

 

* stated excluding impact of £0.5m release of L&C technical expense reserve

Operational highlights:

  • Recurring revenue for the period of £8.5 million (2017: £8.0 million)
  • Increased PBT margin as a result of efficiencies, notwithstanding one-off costs incurred
  • Relocation of Plc head-office gives a more UK centric focus
  • New Chairman and NED appointments post period end bring further depth and experience
  • Successful integration of the Harbour acquisition
  • STM Life to re-domicile to Malta following Group review of Brexit implications
  • Gibraltar regulated entities working proactively to implement the Skilled Person Review recommendations
  • Increased dividend, in line with progressive dividend policy
  • Consistent deferred income shows visibility of revenue stream

Commenting on the results and prospects for STM, Alan Kentish, Chief Executive Officer, said:

"The various trading divisions across the Group have collectively performed in line with management expectations during the first half of the year, and have delivered a solid set of underlying financial results. This performance gives the Board confidence in meeting management expectations for the full year.

"The successful integration of Harbour demonstrates the model for future acquisitions as and when further opportunities arise.

"The Board continues to implement its three year de-risking strategy by looking to introduce more financial services products for both the expatriate market, as well as the UK market, across the pension and life sectors. In addition, we continue to challenge our processes and systems as part of a programme to increase our profit margins.

"We look forward to updating the market with further news as the year progresses."

 

The information communicated in this announcement is inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation 596/2014.

 

Page last up-dated: 11 September 2018

 

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