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(“Arcontech” or the “Group”)


Arcontech (AIM: ARC), the provider of products and services for real-time financial market data processing and trading, reports its unaudited results for the six months ended 31 December 2023.


  • Revenue increased by 6.8% to £1,448,804 (H1 2022: £1,357,041) reflecting the new business secured during the period under review
  • Profit before tax increased by 44.7% to £538,790 (H1 2022: £372,414) reflecting the  contribution from higher revenues  and higher interest earned on cash deposits
  • Our preferred measure of adjusted profit before tax, which excludes the release of accruals unrelated to the underlying business, increased by 45.3% to £534,775 (H1 2022: £367,914)
  • Recurring revenues represented 100% of total revenues for the period (H1 2022: 100%)
  • Net cash of £5,734,226 at 31 December 2023, down 2.9% (H1 2022: £5,908,814) after a record dividend payment of £468,048  paid on 3 November 2023
  • Revenue expectation for the full year remains in line with current market expectations however, profit before tax for the year to 30 June 2024 is expected to be slightly ahead of market expectations. This is the result of higher interest income on cash balances received than previously forecast, and a reduction in operational expenditure.

Geoff Wicks, Chairman of Arcontech, said:

“We believe our strategy has brought us through a difficult period of poor market conditions well. Our focus is firmly on our core markets where we believe we are best placed to build sustainable growth. We have invested in our ability to grow globally and although lead times and competitive markets mean slow progress, we have started to experience some growth and we are confident about this continuing.”


Arcontech Group plc020 7256 2300
Geoff Wicks, Chairman and Non-Executive Director 
Matthew Jeffs, Chief Executive 
Cavendish Capital Markets Ltd (Nomad & Broker)020 7220 0500
Carl Holmes/George Dollemore Harriet Ward (ECM) 

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Chairman’s Statement

Arcontech is beginning to see some small improvements in market conditions and new projects we have been working on come to fruition. There remain challenges in the market and lead times are longer than before but we announced one major new contract recently and we have the start of growth at existing customers. Our pipeline is improving and we are confident that we are in a good position to recover some of the ground we lost over the last few years.

We have retained a significant customer base, much of which is now on longer contracts. Nearly all our revenue is now recurring which provides good visibility and will help us to maintain growth. While we have been investing in our sales and support operations, careful cost control has allowed us to grow profit, although the last year’s H1 profit was depressed by the impact of lost business, so flatters this year’s number.

Revenue was £1.44 million, up 6.8% on the same period last year, Profit before tax (“PBT”) was £0.54 million, up 44.7% on the same period last year. Adjusted profit before tax, which is PBT before the release of accruals for administrative costs in respect of prior years was £0.53 million, up 45.3% on the previous year.


Our balance sheet remains robust with net cash of £5.7 million, £0.2 million lower than at 31 December 2022, and £0.7 million lower than the level at 30 June 2023 after payment to shareholders of a record dividend of £0.4 million, and a change to the billing cycle for a large customer. As at the date of releasing this report the net cash balance is £6.8m. This cash position allows for continued investment in sales and products and for us to remain alert to opportunities to acquire small complementary businesses.


No interim dividend is proposed to be paid in respect of the half year. The Board expects to continue its policy of paying a dividend following the announcement of its full year results.


We believe our strategy has brought us through a difficult period in poor market conditions in good shape. Our focus is firmly on growth in our core markets where we believe we are best placed to build sustainable growth. We have invested in our ability to grow globally and although lead times and competitive markets mean slow progress we are confident about future growth.

Geoff Wicks

Chairman and Non-Executive Director


  NoteSix months ended 31  December Six months ended 31  December   Year ended 30 June
   2023 2022 2023
   (unaudited) £ (unaudited) £ (audited) £
Revenue  1,448,804 1,357,041 2,730,172
Administrative costs  (1,039,456) (995,636) (1,924,962)
Operating profit 4409,348 361,405 805,210
Finance income  126,055 15,840 76,977
Finance costs 133,387 (4,831) (6,491)
Changes in estimated variable remuneration liability 5  –   – 110,000
Profit before taxation  538,790 372,414 985,696
Taxation 7  (5,587)
  Profit for the period after tax  538,790 372,414   980,109
Total comprehensive income  538,790 372,414 980,109
Profit per share (basic)  4.03p 2.78p 7.33p
Adjusted* Profit per share (basic)  4.00p 2.75p 6.44p
Profit per share (diluted)  4.02p 2.77p 7.32p
Adjusted* Profit per share (diluted)  3.99p 2.74p 6.43p

All of the results relate to continuing operations and there was no other comprehensive income in the period.

* Before release of accruals for administrative costs in respect of prior years.


     Note  31 December 2023   31 December 2022   30 June 2023
  (unaudited) £ (unaudited) £ (audited) £
Non-current assets      
Goodwill 1,715,153 1,715,153 1,715,153
Property, plant and equipment 6,325 4,420 5,950
Right of use asset13559,098 146,303 73,152
Deferred tax asset 328,000 318,000 328,000
Trade and other receivables10141,750 141,750 
Total non-current assets 2,750,326 2,325,626 2,122,255
Current assets      
Trade and other receivables101,335,408 1,584,539 499,861
Cash and cash equivalents 5,734,226 5,908,814 6,411,241
Total current assets 7,069,634 7,493,353 6,911,102
Current liabilities      
Trade and other payables11(473,512) (891,203) (427,030)
Deferred income (1,013,405) (1,854,240) (881,858)
Lease liabilities13(68,869) (118,994) (40,324)
Provisions (50,000)  (50,000)
Total current liabilities (1,605,786) (2,864,437) (1,399,212)
Non-current liabilities      
Lease liabilities13(483,641)  
Provisions (20,000)  (20,000)
Total non-current liabilities (503,641)  (20,000)
Net current assets  5,463,848  4,628,916 5,511,890
Net assets 7,710,533 6,954,542 7,614,146
Share capital 1,671,601 1,671,601 1,671,601
Share premium account 115,761 115,761 115,761
Share option reserve 305,101 306,440 279,455
Retained earnings 5,618,070 4,860,740 5,547,328
  7,710,533 6,954,542 7,614,145


  NoteSix months ended 31 December Six months ended 31 December Year ended 30 June
   2023 2022 2023
   (unaudited) £ (unaudited) £ (audited) £
Cash (used in) / generated from operating activities 12(296,937) 383,087   901,422
Tax paid 7 (4,993) 
Net cash generated from operating activities  (296,937) 378,094   901,422
Investing activities       
Interest received  126,055 15,840 76,977
Proceeds on disposal of fixed assets  417  
  Purchases of plant and equipment    (3,471)   (114)    (3,480)
Net cash generated from investing activities    123,001   15,726               73,497
Financing activities       
Dividends paid  (468,048) (434,616) (434,616)
Payment of lease liabilities  (35,031) (76,859) (155,529)
Net cash used in financing activities  (503,079) (511,475) (590,145)
    Net (decrease) / increase in cash and cash equivalents      (677,015)     (117,655)              384,772
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period    6,411,241   6,026,469          6,026,469
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period    5,734,266   5,908,814       6,411,241


 Share capitalShare premiumShare-based payments reserveRetained earnings Total  
                £                £               £              £               £
At 1 July 20221,671,601115,761270,8254,913,1376,971,324
Profit for the period372,414372,414
Total comprehensive income for the period372,414372,414
Transfer between reserves(9,805)9,805
Dividends paid(434,616)(434,616)
Share-based payments45,42045,420
Total transactions with owners35,615(424,811)(389,196)
At 31 December 20221,671,601115,761306,4404,860,7406,954,542
Profit for the period607,695607,695
Total comprehensive income for the period  607,695607,695
Transfer between reserves(78,893)78,893
Share-based payments51,90851,908
Total transactions with owners(26,985)78,89351,908
At 30 June 20231,671,601115,761279,4555,547,3287,614,145
Profit for the period538,790538,790
Total comprehensive income for the period  538,790538,790
Dividends paid(468,048)(468,048)
Share-based payments25,64625,646
Total transactions with owners25,646(468,048)(442,402)
At 31 December 20231,671,601115,761305,1015,618,0707,710,533


  1. The figures for the six months ended 31 December 2023, and 31 December 2022, are unaudited and do not constitute statutory accounts. The accounting policies adopted are consistent with those applied by the Group in the preparation of the annual consolidated financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2023. The Group has not early adopted any standard, interpretation or amendment that has been issued but is not yet effective. Several amendments and interpretations apply for the first time in 2023, but these do not have a material impact on the interim condensed consolidated financial statements of the Group.   
  2. The financial information for the year ended 30 June 2023 set out in this interim report does not comprise the Group’s statutory accounts as defined in section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. The statutory accounts for the year ended 30 June 2023, which were prepared in accordance with UK-adopted international accounting standards, have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The auditors reported on those accounts; their report was unqualified and did not contain a statement under either Section 498(2) or Section 498(3) of the Companies Act 2006 and did not include references to any matters to which the auditor drew attention by way of emphasis.
  3. Copies of this statement are available from the Company Secretary at the Company’s registered office at 1st Floor 11-21 Paul Street, London, EC2A 4JU or from the Company’s website at
  4. Operating profit is stated after release of accruals for administrative expenses in respect of prior years of £4,014 (31 December 2022: £4,500; 30 June 2023: £8,393).
  5. During the year to 30 June 2023, the Group Income Statement included the release of £110,000 in accrued bonuses which was been disclosed separately. The Board’s best estimate of the liability to pay bonuses as at 30 June 2022 was £170,000 which was recorded with the prior year accruals. In the year to 30 June 2023, £110,000 of this liability was released to the Group Income Statement following annual reappraisal of the estimated liability at 30 June 2023.
  6. Earnings per share have been calculated based on the profit after tax and the weighted average number of shares in issue during the half year ended 31 December 2023 of 13,372,811 (31 December 2022: 13,372,811 30 June 2023: 13,372,811).

    The number of dilutive shares under option at 31 December 2023 was 26,988 (31 December 2022: 18,612; 30 June 2023: 14,805). The calculation of diluted earnings per share assumes conversion of all potentially dilutive ordinary shares, all of which arise from share options. A calculation is done to determine the number of shares that could have been acquired at the average market price during the period, based upon the issue price of the outstanding share options including future charges to be recognised under the share-based payment arrangements.
  7. Taxation is based on the unaudited results and provision has been estimated at the rate applicable to the Company at the time of this statement and expected to be applied to the total annual earnings. No corporation tax has been charged in the period as any liability has been offset against tax losses brought forward from prior years. The tax paid represents the cash payment of tax liability from the preceding income tax year.
  8. A final dividend in respect of the year ended 30 June 2023 of 3.5 pence per share (2022: 3.25 pence per share) was paid on 3 November 2023.
  9. The Directors have elected not to apply IAS 34 Interim financial reporting.
  10. Trade and other receivables
 31 December
 31 December
2022 £ (unaudited)
 30 June
£ (audited)
Due within one year:     
Trade and other receivables1,137,648 1,468,165 136,250
Prepayments and accrued income197,760 116,374 221,861
Other receivables  141,750
 1,335,408 1,584,539 499,861
 31 December
 31 December
2022 £ (unaudited)
 30 June
£ (audited)
Due after more than one year:     
Other receivables141,750 141,750 
 141,750 141,750 
  1. Trade and other payables
 31 December
 31 December
2022 £ (unaudited)
 30 June
£ (audited)
Trade payables27,055 33,078 44,995
Other tax and social security payable69,714 319,265 58,185
Other payables and accruals376,743 538,860 323,850
 473,512 891,203 427,030
  1. Cash generated from operations
  Six months ended 31 December Six months ended 31 December Year ended 30 June   
  2023 2022 2023   
  (unaudited) £ (unaudited) £ (audited) £   
Operating profit 409,348 361,405 915,210   
Depreciation charge 76,688 75,390 150,377   
Non-cash share option charges 25,646 45,420 97,328   
Lease interest paid (476) (4,141) (6,471)   
Other interest paid (1,141) (690) (20)   
Profit on disposal of fixed assets (152)     
  Increase in trade and other receivables (990,910) (1,240,846)     (9,425)   
Increase/(decrease) in trade and other payables 184,060 1,146,549   (265,577)   
Increase in provisions   20,000   
Cash (used in) / generated from operations (296,937) 383,087 901,422   

13. Leases

As a lessee, under IFRS 16 the Group recognises right-of-use assets and lease liabilities for all leases on its balance sheet. The only lease applicable under IFRS 16 is the Group’s office.

The key impacts on the Statement of Comprehensive Income and the Statement of Financial Position are as follows:

 Right of use asset £ Lease liability £ Income statement £
As at 1 July 202373,152 (40,324) 
Recognition of new lease under IFRS 16559,803 (552,220) 
Depreciation(73,857)  (73,857)
Liability write-back at expiry 5,29315,293
Interest (765) (765)
Lease payments 35,506 
Carrying value at 31 December 2023559,098 (552,510) (69,329)

1 The lease interest charge for the period under review included a credit entry to write-off the balance of the old office lease liability at expiry of the lease. The credit arose due to the final lease payment being applied on a pro-rata basis for the final quarter. The final lease payment made was £35,506 and not £40,500 which was the amount used when calculating the initial value of the lease liability.

 Right of use asset £ Lease liability £ Income statement £
As at 1 July 2022219,455 (195,853) 
Depreciation(73,152)  (73,152)
Interest (4,141) (4,141)
Lease payments 81,000 
Carrying value at 31 December 2022146,303 (118,994) (77,293)

Contractual maturity analysis of lease liabilities as at 31 December 2023

 Less than 3 months £3 – 12 months   £1 – 5 Years   £Longer than 5 Years £Total   £
Lease liabilities113,400439,110552,510