PRESS RELEASE – The Board of Directors of Itway approves the Half-Year Management Report as of June 30, 2018
The Board of Directors of Itway:
– approves the half-year management report to June 30, 2018
– updates the 2018-2022 industrial plan and the 2019 financial plan,
– deliberate sto ask Borsa Italiana for the voluntary transfer of shares from the STAR segment to the MTA
Slight improvement of the Net Financial Poisition.
Cyber security’s VAD activities are growing.
As of June 30, 2018, the Itway Group posted:
- Consolidated revenue of approx. Euro 14 million, compared with Euro 13.4 million in the same period a year ago
- EBITDA is a negative Euro 913 thousand compared with a negative Euro -140 thousand in the same period of 2017;
- EBIT is a negative Euro 1,219 thousand compared with Euro – 435 thousand in the same period a year ago;
- Result before taxes totalled a negative Euro 1,168 thousand compared with Euro (828) thousand in the same period of 2017;
- Net Result is a negative approx. Euro 1.4 million compared with Euro (813) thousand in the same year ago period;
- Net Financial Position as of 30.6.2018 totalled to Euro (5.766) thousand with an improvement compared with Euro (6,788) thousand as at 31.12.2017.
Ravenna, September 12, 2018 – Itway S.p.A., the parent company of a group that operates in the ICT sector for the production of solutions in sectors of cyber security, cloud computing and big data, listed on the STAR segment of Borsa Italiana, announces that the Board of Directors, meeting under the chairmanship of G. Andrea Farina, today has approved the financial statements as at June 30, 2018, the guidelines of the new industrial plan for the 2018-2022 period and the financial plan for 2019. The Board of Directors, in the same meeting deliberated to ask Borsa Italiana to have its shares voluntarily transferred from the STAR segment to the Mercato Telematico Azionario (MTA).
During the period ended June 30, 2018, Itway continued to invest in Cybersecurity, Cloud Computing, IoT and Big Data, and to reposition on new product lines, that allow a smaller use of working capital. The industrial policy of the Group continued to focus on higher value added business lines like the VAR SBU (Value Added Reseller) and the VAS SBU (Value Added Services).
The consolidated financial statements for the half year ended June 30, 2018 shows a net loss of approx. Euro 1.398 million, which was significantly impacted by the losses of the Inebula subsidiary and of the parent company. In addition to the results of the iNebula subsidiary, described hereinafter, which closed the semester with a negative EBIT of Euro 493 thousand, the data for the half-year is influenced by non-recurrent costs totaling some Euro 400 thousand incurred by the holding and related to the remodulation of financial debt and the management of the extraordinary transactions underway.
From a financial point of view, as already described in the financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, the sale of the 20-year old distribution unit by the Parent Company, due to the delays with which it took place, brought the Company, starting from the month of December 2016 to a situation of financial stress that is still underway to the date of writing of the current financial statements.
As of June 30, 2018 the Itway Group had a current net financial indebtedness approx. Euro 9.8 million, of which approximately Euro 8.9 million already expired to the date of writing of the current half year statements and an indebtedness for expired tax payables and towards social security institutions of approx. Euro 377 thousand (that will be paid within the terms foreseen by the regulations in force) and expired indebtedness towards suppliers of approximately Euro 8.4 million (of which however approximately Euro 2.2 million for amounts being contested, also through legal means)..
This financial stress is still present, given the lower proceeds derived from the sale of Business-e S.p.A. compared with what was foreseen in the sale contract signed on November 8, 2017. To face this tension the Company has for some time started talks to remodulate debt with banks and negotiations on this are currently underway on a bilateral basis with each lender, after an interruption of collective talks.
In the first semester of 2018, as already disclosed to the market, Itway signed an exclusive agreement with Cyber Security 1 AB (formerly Cognosec), a company listed on the NASDAQ (COGS OTC-Nasdaq Intl. Designation: CYBNY), a leading supplier of Cyber Security solutions operating in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, for the sale of 100% of Itway Hellas SA and Itway Turkyie Ltd. After the completion of the due diligence, on June 19, 2018 there was a signing of a Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA) for an agreed price for both units totalling Euro 10 million comprised of a Euro 2 million cash component, to be paid at the closing, of which Euro 500 thousand cashed in at the time of the signing of the SPA and a stock component of No.16.666.666 newly issued Cyber Security 1 AB shares for a total of Euro 8 million, representing 6.35% of their share capital. It will be possible to sell the shares in quarterly instalments during the first five quarters after the closing of the transactions and the countervalue of the shares, totalling Euro 1.6 million at each instalment, is guaranteed by a PUT option released by a company that is owned by the reference shareholder of Cyber1 Kobus Paulsen, which will allow the sale of these shares at a price that is the same as the allotted price. The closing of the transaction is currently scheduled for September 2018.
With the sale value added distribution of products and services business (VAD) in Greece and Turkey, Itway completed its divestment program from VAD activities.
Following are the main consolidated economic data of the semester ended June 30, 2018 compared with those of the same period of 2017, highlighting separately the economic data of the assets that were sold in the previous fiscal period (Business-e Transactions):
|Thousand of Euro||30 June 2018||
30 June 2017
ICT market performance
The forecasts for the Italian digital market seem to be confirmed with an overall growth of 2.3% and with those segments tied to digital innovation, defined as Digital Enablers that continue with their double digit rate increases [Assinform projections for 2016-2019]: Cybersecurity (+11.9%), Cloud Computing (+19.8%), IoT (+14.3%), Big Data (+23.1%)
Performance by Business Unit
In terms of Business Units, in the first half of 2018 the VAD SBU – the Value Added Distribution Strategic Unit – which is the core activity of the Group for the distribution of specialized software and hardware products, certification services on the software technologies distributed and pre- and post-sales technical assistance posted revenue of Euro 12.8 million compared with Euro 11.1 million in the same year ago period.. EBITDA is a positive Euro 903 thousand in the first half of 2018 compared with Euro 762 thousand as of June 30, 2017, while EBIT stood at Euro 877 thousand from Euro 730 thousand a year ago Lastly, the result for the period is of Euro 929 thousand as of 30.06.2018 from Euro 553 thousand in the same year ago period.
The first half of 2018 saw different results depending on the Country where the Itway Group operates.
The Turkish subsidiary confirmed once again the development prospects of the Country and ended the semester with an increase in volumes compared with a year ago. The results for the period were however impacted by the performance of the Turkish Lira exchange rate, which lost approx. 25% of its value against the Euro compared with the first half of 2017. In local currency the results of the semester would show an increase in revenue of almost 38.5% and of the Result of the period by 110%. The results achieved are however significantly above those of the same period of 2017, positioning the Group as the leading VAD of the security market in Turkey. The current fluctuations in the Exchange rate do not impact the positive performance of the subsidiary.
The Greek subsidiary ended the semester with revenue and profitability up 30% and 20% respectively compared with the first half of the previous fiscal period. The result before taxes was of over Euro 200 thousand. This result positions us as the leading VAD in the security market in Greece.
As indicated above, Itway sealed an agreement with Cyber1 (formerly Cognosec) for the sale of 100% of Itway Hellas SA and Itway Turkyie Ltd.
Sector performance: Holding and Other sectors in start-up phase
Following the sale of the Italian distribution activities to Esprinet S.p.A., Itway S.p.A. took on the role of the Parent Company and holding company listed on Borsa Italiana S.p.A. that supplies services of different nature to its operating investments. It includes new sectors that are investing in the realization of products and are in an operational and commercial start-up phase. Furthermore, following the sale of Business-e, Itway S.p.A. has become an operational holding company that includes VAR type of activities. These sectors, related but that do not coincide with the historical ones defined as VAD and VAR still do not yet make a positive contribution to the consolidated results but they are important in terms of strategy to strengthen and diversify the business segments.
The new innovative managed services are:
Cloud information services: Managed Services for SMEs in network and cloud environment in the areas of Security, Storage Management, Business Continuity, Green IT, Energy Recovery, Smart analysis of video surveillance flows, Internet of Things platform. During the period further services were developed that relate to more administrative aspects and that were thought for professional and accounting firms
Assisted services in N+SOC and MSSP solutions to check networks;
Information Technology for Science: ICT for Cultural Heritage and Data Curation services, in the start-up phase. The reference market is worth Euro 4 billion in Europe and there are slightly more than 10 players specialized in this sector at a global level.
The Holding SBU and other Start-up sectors in the first half of 2018 posted revenue totalling Euro 1,136 thousand compared with Euro 2,331 thousand in the first half of 2017 and an EBITDA that was a negative Euro 1,816 thousand compared with a negative Euro 902 thousand in 2017 and an EBIT of a negative Euro 2,096 thousand compared with a negative Euro 1,165 thousand a year ago. The net result is of Euro (2,327) thousand from Euro (1,366) thousand a year ago. The data of the SBU are impacted by non-recurrent costs incurred by the holding related to the remodulation of financial debt and the management of the extraordinary transactions underway.
A) Net financial position of Itway S.p.A. and of the Itway Group, highlighting separately the short-term financial components from the medium to long-term ones.
The following tables show the net financial position of Itway S.p.A. and of the Itway Group as of June 30, 2018, highlighting separately the short, medium and long term assets and liabilities::
|Thousands of Euro||
|Cash on hand||400||129|
|Current financial liabilities||(8,395)||(8,171)|
|Current net financial position||(7,071)||(7,230)|
|Non currrent financial assets||2,098||2,098|
|Non current financial liabilities||(1,866)||(1,899)|
|Non current net financial position||232||199|
|Total net financial position||(6,839)||(7,031)|
The net financial position of the Company as of June 30, 2018 is broadly in line, but with a slight improvement from December 31, 2017. Current liabilities at the moment include an Iccrea medium-term loans, for a total of Euro 231 thousand, for which the covenants were breached and that is therefore currently classified as short term, even though the parameters are currently being redefined in order to maintain the original status of medium-term.
|Thousands of Euro||
|Cash on hand||1,642||440|
|Current financial assets||1,260||1,428|
|Current financial liabilities||(9,823)||(9,667)|
|Current net financial position||(5,998)||(6,987)|
|Non current financial assets||2,098||2,098|
|Non current financial liabilities||(1,866)||(1,899)|
|Non current net financial position||232||199|
|Total net financial position||(5,766)||(6,788)|
The Group’s net financial position as of June 30, 2018 improved by approx. Euro 1 million compared with December 31, 2017 due to the increase in the cash on hand of foreign subsidiaries for payments made after the closing of the semester.
The current liabilities include also an Iccrea medium term financing, totalling Euro 821 thousand, the related covenants of which have not been respected and therefore are currently classified as short term, even if the redefinition of these parameters is currently underway I order to maintain the original medium term classification
B) Expired debt positions of Itway S.p.A. and of the Itway Group divided by type (financial, commercial, social security and towards employees) and eventual connected reactions by creditors (solicitation, injunction, interruption of supply, etc).)
As of June 30, 2018 expired debt positions of the Parent Company totalled Euro 8.1 million. At the same date, the expired debt positions of the Itway Group totalled Euro 8.9 million. As previously disclosed, talks with financial bodies in order to consolidate debt are continuing on a bilateral basis with the individual banking institutions after the end of collective talks in the month of June 2018.
The Company as of June 30, 2018 had expired commercial indebtedness towards suppliers totalling approximately Euro 2.8 million (of which approximately Euro 0.5 million for amounts being contested, also through legal means, by a creditor) and an indebtedness towards tax authorities for debt that expired as of June 30, 2018 for approximately Euro 29 thousand for debts not paid at their natural expiry and that are expected to be paid within the terms of regulations in force on the matter.
The Itway Group as of June 30, 2018 had expired commercial indebtedness towards suppliers totalling approximately Euro 8.4 million (of which approximately Euro 2.2 million for amounts being contested, also through legal means, by debtors) and an indebtedness towards tax authorities for debt that expired as of June 30, 2018 for approximately Euro 316 thousand for debts not paid at their natural expiry and that are expected to be paid within the terms of regulations in force on the matter.
In reference to the expired commercial and fiscal debt of Itway S.p.A. and of the Itway Group, indicated above, please note that to as of June 30, 2018 some payment reminders have been received within the ordinary administrative management. No supplies were suspended so as to compromise the ordinary functioning of corporate activities.
As of June 30, the legal disputes that emerged following initiatives from creditors (injunctions and writ of summons) total Euro 275 thousand and a foreclosure act was notified by a financial creditor for Euro 759 thousand. Furthermore, in the month of July 2018, pending bilateral talks open with the banking sector, the company, without other pre-emptive ordinary credit recovery procedure and executive measures, was unexpectedly notified of proof of claim in bankruptcy by Unipol Banca SpA for a credit totalling Euro 480,885.19. The company, in view of the going concern basis on which the financial restructuring plan of the Group is based, has mandated its legal advisers to have the claim rejected and to study, and subsequently implement, the most opportune judicial tools to safeguard the company’s assets.
Itway had debt expired as of June 30, 2018 towards social security institutes for a total of Euro 12 thousand related to debt not paid at the natural expiry and that is expected to be paid within the terms foreseen by the regulations in force. At the same date, the Itway Group had indebtedness towards social security institutes that had expired as of June 30, 20198 totalling Euro 61 thousand and that relates to debts not paid at their natural expiry and that are expected to be paid within the terms foreseen by the regulations in force.
Guidelines for the 2018-2022 industrial plan and the 2019 financial plan
Itway S.p.A. also updated the guidelines for the industrial plan of the Group for the 2018-2022 period and the financial plan of Itway Spa for 2019 approved on May, 30 2018..
After the disposal of Business-e S.p.A. the Group continues to be present in the security sector: there is a repositioning, already underway, that will bring to the full realization based on investments made by Itway S.p.A. that will be financed with the proceeds from the sale of the Turkish and Greek subsidiaries and a greater focus, already underway of the BE Innova subsidiary and of 4Science Furthermore, the development implemented and underway in the Middle East Africa area (MEA) regards the VAR and VAS SBU continues; in fact, the type of distinctive products and skills can be exported.
It will be possible to realize the industrial plan following the close of the disposal transaction to Cyber 1.
In the month of August 2018 a settlement agreement was reached with Maticmind aimed as preventing a possible legal dispute since, pending the execution of certain accounting checks that Maticmind S.p.A. started following the acquisition of 100% of Business-e, the payment of two instalments of the price, expiring at the end of March and the end of April 2018 for a total of Euro 3 million was omitted for a total of Euro 3 million. The effects of the transaction are already reflected in the financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2017.
On August 6, 2018 in reference to the sale of the agreement sealed for the sale of the Itway Hellas SA Itway Turkyie Ltd subsidiaries to Cyber Security 1 AB (formerly Cognosec), a company listed on NASDAQ (COGS OTC-Nasdaq Intl. Designation: CYBNY) an extension of the deadline for the closing to the end of September 2018 was agreed upon in exchange for the payment of an additional Euro 500 thousand.
Furthermore, in the month of July 2018, pending bilateral talks open with the banking sector, the Company was unexpectedly notified – without pre-emptive ordinary credit recovery procedure or implementing measures – with a proof of claim in bankruptcy by Unipol Banca SpA for a credit totaling Euro 480,885.19. The company, in view of the going concern basis on which the financial restructuring plan of the Group is based, has mandated its legal advisers to have the claim rejected and to study, and subsequently implement, the most opportune judicial tools to safeguard the company’s assets.
Relationship with related parties
In the first half of 2018 the Group had commercial and financial relationships with related parties. These relationships were part of normal management activity, regulated at market conditions that are established by contract by the parties in line with the standard procedures. As of June 30, 2018 there were no significant changes compared with the consolidated financial statements as of December 31, 2017 in the relationship with related parties neither for Itway S.p.A. nor for the companies of the Group.
The Parent Company as at June 30, 2018 owned 887,043 own shares (equal to 11.04% of share capital), a for a nominal value of Euro 436,522 and a net movement in the first half of 2018 of approx. Euro 18 thousand and a purchase cost of Euro 1.368 thousand (equal to the amount reflected in the Own share reserve deducted from net equity of the fiscal period and at a consolidated level). During the first half of 2018, as authorized by the Shareholders meeting of Itway Spa, a total of 14,323 own shares were purchased (equal to 0.18% of share capital) for a nominal value of Euro 7,162 while no purchases were made.
Listing of Itway shares on the STAR segment of Borsa Italiana
Lastly, the Board of Directors of Itway S.p.A. meeting today deliberated to ask Borsa Italiana S.p.A. to have its shares voluntary transferred from the STAR segment to the MTA.
The Company deems that considering the current phase of corporate restructuring, it would be preferable to temporarily abandon its position on the STAR, which is the high-requirement stock segment.
In any case, Itway confirms that it wants to continue, as far as possible, with all the corporate governance procedures that it has adopted up until now in order to safeguard the necessary transparency in disclosure, in line with the market needs. It reserves the possibility to newly ask Borsa Italiana, once the company’s restructuring phase currently underway is completed and once the corporate development process has restarted, to be included again on the STAR.
As foreseen by paragraph 2, art. 154-bis of the T.U.F., the manager mandated to draft the corporate Accounting documents of Itway Group, Sonia Passatempi, declares that the corporate accounting information in this press release corresponds to the documental evidence, financial books and accounting records
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