Interim Report for the period ended 31 December 2015

21 March 2016

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Introduction

As you will have been aware, the Board has sought to supplement its capabilities via the addition of a number of experienced appointees over the course of the last 18 months. Despite the disappointment of having to terminate discussions with an identified opportunity after such a lengthy period of negotiation, this breadth of resource has allowed the Board to pursue a number of parallel opportunities. Having adopted this approach, I was therefore pleased to announce the recent investment in Ve Interactive ("Ve"), the multi-award-winning global technology company founded in 2009 which offers a suite of apps across one platform, which help online businesses successfully drive new traffic, reduce bounce rate, increase customer engagement and minimise website abandonment.

With over 850 staff in 33 offices worldwide, Ve supports over 10,000 domestic and multi-national online businesses and retailers in the delivery of real-time marketing communications at key points within each of their customers' journeys. Having topped the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 in 2015, following an average growth rate in sales of c.305% per year between 2012 and 2014, Ve is now a global player, tracking c.2 million data points each minute, (an equivalent of 3 billion a day), by monitoring over c.650 million connected devices used by over 400 million unique users per month. Not only was your Board attracted by Ve's depth and breadth of data capabilities, but given its scale as a global player believes Ve is now well positioned to create substantial revenue and capital growth.

During the diligence process we were able to meet with the Board and senior management of Ve on several occasions and via rigorous third party reviews of the business, we have been reassured by the continuing exponential growth, technology platform and aspirations for the short to medium term. Despite topping the Sunday Times Tech Track 100, following an average growth rate in sales of c305% per year between 2012 and 2014, the business has yet to secure development funding from either venture capital or private equity markets. As such we see Ve as being ideally suited to public markets at some point either subsequent to or simultaneously with a more traditional equity backed fundraising led by an established banking institution. The Board, having met with certain of its key supportive shareholders such as Andrew Black and Nigel Wray are therefore delighted that Concha has been able to secure an early engagement in what it believes will be an exciting chapter in V's development.

We firmly believe that this is an opportunity that in the short to medium term will not only attract significant institutional interest but will also provide your Company with the ability to benefit from a substantial value uplift as Ve further establishes itself as a European "unicorn".

Interim Results

The activities of the last 18 months have enabled the Company to strengthen its balance sheet via multiple issues of placing shares and warrant exercises. Whilst the Board has sought to mitigate its losses and conserve its cash reserves, the results for this interim period to 31 December 2015 inevitably reflect the costs of evaluating certain investment opportunities regardless as to whether or not they result in a positive conclusion. Whilst the various regulatory, commercial and legal costs associated with pursuing the global opportunity, which the Company had referenced during the course of 2015 were not significant, they are reflected within the Company's reported loss of £384k for this 6 month period to 31 December 2015 (2014 : loss £278k). At 31 December 2015, prior to its investment in Ve, the Company was pleased to report cash reserves of £5.6m compared with £5.7m at the corresponding date last year.

On 9 October 2015, the Company announced the appointment of Richard Tray as part of the management team. Having now concluded discussions with the identified global opportunity and completed its investment in Ve, Richard has now left the team. Furthermore, in the absence of having required the services of Zeus Capital since their appointment in February 2014, they have now resigned as joint broker to the Company. With a now normalized administrative overhead base and cash reserves more than sufficient to meet the Company's short to medium term operating needs, your Board will now focus on the evaluation of further investment opportunities.

Outlook

The Board continues to review a number of potential investment opportunities that are in line with our stated strategy and will update the market further as and when it is appropriate to do so.

Concha PLC
18 Buckingham Gate, London, SW1E 6LB

 

Enquiries:

Concha plc
Chris Akers, Executive Chairman
07767 775888
   
SPARK Advisory Partners Limited (Nominated Adviser)
Sean Wyndham-Quin
Mark Brady
020 7409 3495
   
Buchanan
Mark Edwards
020 7466 5000

 

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