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RNS Number : 2520B

Microsaic Systems plc

30 September 2022

30 September 2022

Microsaic Systems plc

("Microsaic", "Microsaic Systems" or the "Company")

Interim Results for the six months ended 30 June 2022

Microsaic Systems plc (AIM: MSYS), the developer of micro-electronic instruments and analytical solutions, is pleased to announce its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2022 ("H1 2022"). Performance has exceeded Board expectations with the new high-tech services division launch in April helping with the transition from product-only sales to customer-centric service solutions in science and engineering services that include analytical and AI software service programmes designed for the medical device, environmental, aerospace and food industries.

Highlights

   --    Unaudited revenues of GBP735k: an increase of 47% on H1 2021 (GBP499k) 
   --    Increase in gross profit by 164% to GBP433k (H1 2021: GBP164k) 
   --    Adjusted EBITDA loss of GBP661k an improvement of 21% on H1 2021 (GBP839k loss) 
   --    Total comprehensive loss reduced by 65% to GBP705k (H1 2021: GBP2.01m loss) 
   --    Cash at 30 June 2022 was GBP2.56m (H1 2021: GBP4.48m) 

-- International deployment of Microsaic's products and services in applications such as water monitoring of chemicals and pathogens continues to expand. Units have been installed in Ireland and the UK and are being shipped to Japan and the US for installation during H2 2022

-- Laboratory services that have been completed are for toxic shock, insulin and a range of metabolites carried out under contract by Microsaic as mass spectrometry services. Other laboratory service work scheduled for H2 2022 include ceramides and pesticides

-- Mass spectrometry units have been installed and demonstrated in Modern Water mobile monitoring vehicles

-- March: Bob Moore joined the Board. Bob is a UK qualified lawyer and brings over 35 years' commercial and legal experience to the Company

-- April: New manufacturing services framework and an initial contract worth GBP400k with Innovenn UK Limited, a division of DeepVerge plc, supplying services for multi-sensor upgrades of environmental and human health diagnostic equipment

-- April: Launch of Microsaic Services Division provi ding integrated solutions in science and engineering services that include analytical and AI software service programmes designed for the medical device, environmental, aerospace and food industries

Post Period Events

-- August: Microsaic appointed as an Authorised Partner for Kingfield Electronics Limited ("Kingfield") for front-end research, development, and engineering product development in scientific instrumentation and micro-engineering adding these complementary services to Kingfield's existing electronics aerospace, defence, and process and scientific instrumentation clients

   --    August:  ISO 9001:2015 Surveillance Audit secured 

Outlook

-- The growth in revenues, at higher margins, illustrates that Microsaic is able to access additional revenues from other innovative companies seeking a high quality product design, development and manufacturing service. As a result, the Board expects the solid sales momentum noted in H1 to continue through H2.

Gerry Brandon, Acting Executive Chairman of Microsaic Systems plc, commented:

"The change in business strategy which began in 2021 has carried through to 2022. The result of which can be seen in the increased revenues and gross profit which have led to reduced losses. We look forward to continued growth with our existing collaboration partners and already see new business opportunities developing for 2023 through the Authorised Partnership with Kingfield Electronics Limited. The Board notes a strong momentum of sales growth in H1 and expects this to continue through H2 with a strong orderbook."

Enquiries:

Microsaic Systems plc

Gerry Brandon, Acting Executive Chairman +44 (0)734 0055 648

Singer Capital Markets (Nominated Adviser & Joint Broker)

Aubrey Powell / George Tzimas / Asha Chotai +44 (0)20 7496 3000

Turner Pope Investments (TPI) Limited (Joint Broker)

Andy Thacker / James Pope +44 (0)20 3657 0050

About Microsaic Systems

Microsaic has over 20 years' experience in microelectronics and development of instrumentation. The Company has a robust and innovative patent portfolio in cutting-edge technology designed and developed for "Industry 4.0" application serving markets in diversified Industries, Human and Environmental Health. Microsaic's system solutions have enabled analytical detection and characterisation at the point-of-need, whether within a conventional laboratory setting, or within a bioprocessing facility for continuous detection of data at multiple steps in the process workflow.

Microsaic's products and solutions are commercially available through global markets via a network of regional and local partners, targeting its core laboratory, manufacturing and point-of-need applications.

CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT

Introduction

The shift in commercial strategy from product-only sales to customer-centric service solutions began with the launch of the Microsaic Services Division earlier this year resulting in an uplift in revenues of 47% to GBP735k in H1 2022 (H1 2021: GBP499k) and a healthy order book for the second half of the year. With 20 years of expertise in research and development of miniaturised mass-spectrometry equipment, with 60 patents in scientific analytical instrumentation, the combination of science and engineering services now delivers turn-key project management, hardware and software product development, and product lifecycle management systems with quality management to ISO 9001:2015 standards.

Relevant Global Trends

Microsaic has adapted to a changing world where supply chains and health-care systems have been disrupted by Covid and the Ukraine war, creating new opportunities in science and engineering services. Our proprietary technology and know-how is being deployed to address a number of needs and shifting trends in the way companies and even national bodies seek to source technology-enabled solutions.

The Covid pandemic, has amongst other things, also emphasised the need for national capability, supply chain resilience and on-shoring with core competence of delivering both upstream and downstream services to manufacturers to ensure continuity rather than relying on off-shore capabilities. Microsaic is able to address this demand for more localised solutions by supplying through partners which are already present in the major markets.

The health costs associated with ageing populations with limited economic capacity have highlighted the need for automation and technology-driven efficiencies in healthcare, particularly for surveillance in disease biomarkers as the move to digital health diagnostics becomes inevitable, either in GP offices or bedside observations of proteins in patient treatments.

At the same time, there is a heightened realisation of the finite, shared resources of our planet and the need to manage levels of pollutants by measuring them. Microsaic's miniaturised portable mass spectrometry units have application in monitoring pollution and are being rolled out as part of the DeepVerge Modern Water mobile monitoring services. The complementary systems have the ability to monitor contaminants in the air, in soil, rivers, lakes and sea and in wastewater. All areas offer the opportunity to identify recycling processes - which all play a role in the management of the circular economy.

There is no doubt that the conflict in Ukraine has demonstrated that defence and security are a necessity, and also need to be deployed in an agile and affordable manner. This comes with supply chain resilience, the availability of technology which is closer to home and the provision of science and engineering services to the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Ministry of Defence and the Home Office.

Collaboration across partner core competences

Microsaic and DeepVerge plc ("DeepVerge") have been working together since March 2021 when the parties signed a 3-year framework agreement under which Microsaic supplies its own miniaturised mass spectrometry equipment and services on a non-exclusive basis across DeepVerge's global sales, marketing and distribution channels, for healthcare diagnostic and environmental health applications.

In April 2022, Microsaic and Innovenn UK Limited, a subsidiary of DeepVerge, entered into a new Manufacturing Services Framework Agreement ("MSFA") with an initial contract worth GBP400,000 supplying services for Multi-Sensor Upgrades of Environmental and Human Health Diagnostic Equipment.

These new services leverage the considerable depth and breadth of technical design, engineering and delivery expertise within the Microsaic team and diversifies the Company's revenues beyond equipment sales of Mass Spectrometers, in line with the Company's shift in strategy. By offering the skillsets that created the smallest compact mass spectrometer in the world, collaboration partners, such as DeepVerge and Kingfield Electronics Limited, who recently appointed Microsaic as their Authorised Partner, can outsource engineering development of existing and new analytical instrumentation equipment while concentrating on growing their business.

Going Concern

Having considered the plans and prospects of the business, the Board of Directors believes that the Company has enough cash to cover its anticipated working capital requirements for the next 12 months. Therefore, the Directors have adopted the going concern basis of reporting in preparing the financial statements.

Outlook

The growth in revenues, at higher margins, illustrates that Microsaic is able to access additional revenues from other innovative companies seeking a high quality product design, development and manufacturing service. As a result, t he Board expects the solid sales momentum noted in H1 to continue through H2.

Gerard Brandon

Acting Executive Chairman

30 September 2022

Financial Review

Statement of Comprehensive Income

In H1 2022, total revenues of GBP734,914 were GBP235,629 (47.2%) above H1 2021 (GBP499,285). Reflecting the shift in strategy, service and support revenues were GBP502,317 (H1 2021: GBP12,170) and represented 68.4% of total revenue (H1 2021: 2.4%). In comparison, product revenue of GBP165,011 (H1 2021: GBP367,474) represented 22.4% of total revenue (H1 2021: 73.6%) whilst consumables and spares revenues of GBP67,586 (H1 2021: GBP119,641) represented 9.2% of total revenue (H1 2021: 24.0%).

A new accounting policy for cost of sales has been introduced to reflect the staff time directly attributable to the new service lines (further information is included in note 5) and therefore the comparative periods have been restated accordingly (note 14). Gross margin in H1 2022 was 59.0%, exceeding the margin achieved in H1 2021 of 32.8% (restated), as a result of a higher proportion of services sales which generate higher margins.

Operating expenses of GBP1,134,310 were stable and also slightly lower by GBP27,304 (2.4%) than the comparative period (H1 2021 restated: GBP1,161,614).

With increased gross profit and relatively flat operating expenses, the loss from operations before share-based payments of GBP700,934 marks a 26.3% improvement on the loss in H1 2021 (restated: GBP950,652).

Share-based payments of GBP126,002 fell substantially by GBP1,031,700 (89.1%) compared with H1 2021 (restated: GBP1,157,702) chiefly reflecting the full vesting of directors share options in H1 2021 and with no further option grants since February 2021.

Adjusted EBITDA is deemed by the Board to be a key performance indicator of the Company's profitability. The adjusted EBITDA loss in H1 2022 was GBP661,491 compared with GBP838,804 in H1 2021, an improvement of GBP177,313. Note 7 details the reconciliation between Adjusted EBITDA loss and comprehensive loss for the period.

The comprehensive loss of GBP704,711 is 64.9% lower than H1 2021 (restated: GBP2,008,203) reflecting the aforementioned changes which have been implemented. The H1 2021 comprehensive loss is GBP98,722 higher than previously reported due to the recognition of an accrued tax credit receivable as set out in note 14. Accordingly, the basic loss per share of 0.011p has reduced by 72.5% compared to last year (H1 2021 restated: 0.040p per share) following the improved performance of the business during the period.

Statement of Financial Position

Total non-current assets of GBP453,533 are GBP53,092 lower (31 December 2021: GBP506,625). The reduction is mainly attributable to the decrease in right of use assets by GBP35,979, representing the depreciation charge in the period.

Total current assets of GBP4,317,724 are GBP330,787 lower (31 December 2021: GBP4,648,511). The main contributor to this reduction is the GBP902,136 lower cash balance at the period end of GBP2,562,741 (31 December 2021: GBP3,464,876) and this is discussed further in the Statement of Cash Flows section which follows. The main increase offsetting the cash reduction is the rise by GBP480,657 in trade and other receivables to GBP1,112,605 (31 December 2021: GBP631,948). The main component of that increase is trade receivables of GBP820,566 which have increased by GBP493,505 (31 December 2021: GBP327,061).

Total assets of GBP4,771,257 are GBP383,879 lower (31 December 2021: GBP5,155,136), mainly due to the movement in total current assets as explained above.

Total equity of GBP4,194,511 is GBP378,709 lower (31 December 2021: GBP4,573,220). The movements during the period were the comprehensive loss of GBP704,711 offset by the exercise of warrants and directors fees paid in shares totalling GBP285,000 and a share-based reserve movement of GBP41,002 in respect of leavers.

Current liabilities of GBP453,081 are GBP27,283 higher (31 December 2021: GBP425,798). This is mainly due to trade and other payables of GBP379,382 which are up by GBP24,711 (31 December 2021: GBP354,611).

Total non-current liabilities of GBP123,665 are GBP32,453 lower (31 December 2021: GBP156,118). This is mainly due to a GBP37,538 reduction in non-current lease liabilities to GBP18,620 (31 December 2021: GBP56,158) as right of use assets approach the end of their term and their renewal dates.

Statement of Cash Flows:

Cash and cash equivalents fell GBP902,136 from GBP3,464,876 at 31 December 2021 to GBP2,562,741 at 30 June 2022.

The main component of this reduction was due to cash used in operating activities (see note 12), which increased to GBP997,506 and was GBP90,260 higher than H1 2021 (GBP907,246). Cash absorbed by operating activities before working capital movements improved by GBP309,342 to GBP579,451 (H1 2021: GBP888,793), primarily due to lower losses. However, this was offset by working capital movements amounting to a net increase in cash absorbed of GBP418,055 (H1 2021: GBP18,453 increase). The largest component of the working capital movements was due to an increase in trade receivables by GBP485,413 (H1 2021: GBP298,503 increase) which is expected to improve in H2 2022.

Net cash used in investing activities in H1 2022 of GBP65,500 (H1 2021: GBP50,832) increased by GBP14,668. The movements were an increase in the purchases of property, plant and equipment by GBP25,526 to GBP65,019 (H1 2021: GBP39,493), off-set by a decrease in the purchases of intangibles by GBP7,333 to GBP6,331 (H1 2021: GBP13,664) and interest received was GBP3,525 higher at GBP5,850 (H1 2021: GBP2,325).

Net cash from financing activities amounted to GBP160,870 (H1 2021: GBP5,044,261). The main difference compared to the comparative period are net proceeds of share issues from warrant exercises of GBP200,000 compared with net cash raised from the February 2021 fundraising of GBP5,083,140.

STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (UNAUDITED)

FOR THE SIX MONTHSED 30 JUNE 2022

 
 
 
 
 
                                                                      6 months         6 months         Year to 
                                                                       to 30 June       to 30 June       31 
                                                                                                         December 
                                                                                2022            2021             2021 
                                                                     Notes Unaudited   Unaudited           Audited 
                                                                                        RESTATED(1)         RESTATED(1) 
                                                                                 GBP              GBP              GBP 
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  ---------------  --------------- 
 Revenue                                                      4         734,914          499,285          906,876 
 Cost of sales                                                 14        (301,538)        (335,356)        (526,125) 
---------------------------------------------------  --------------  ---------------  ---------------  --------------- 
Gross profit                                                                 433,376       163,929         380,751 
Other operating income                                                          -           47,033              67,283 
Research and development expenses                                          (219,491)        (312,755)        (738,145) 
Professional fees - Corporate transactions                                      -            (65,789)         (65,789) 
Other operating expenses                                         14        (914,819)        (783,070)      (1,678,335) 
---------------------------------------------------  --------------  ---------------  ---------------  --------------- 
 Total operating expenses                                                (1,134,310)      (1,161,614)   (2,482,269) 
  Loss from operations before share-based payments                         (700,934)        (950,652)    (2,034,235) 
---------------------------------------------------  --------------  ---------------  ---------------  --------------- 
Share-based payments                                             11        (126,002)      (1,157,702)      (1,363,764) 
---------------------------------------------------  --------------  ---------------  ---------------  --------------- 
Loss from operations after share-based payments                            (826,936)      (2,108,354)      (3,397,999) 
---------------------------------------------------  --------------  ---------------  ---------------  --------------- 
Financial cost                                                               (4,104)          (1,554)          (4,604) 
 Finance income                                                               7,083            2,983            6,237 
---------------------------------------------------  --------------  ---------------  ---------------  --------------- 
 Loss before tax                                                         (823,957)        (2,106,925)      (3,396,366) 
 Tax on loss on ordinary activities                                       119,246              98,722          267,785 
---------------------------------------------------  --------------  ---------------  ---------------  --------------- 
Total comprehensive loss for the period                                    (704,711)      (2,008,203)      (3,128,581) 
---------------------------------------------------  --------------  ---------------  ---------------  --------------- 
 
  Loss per share attributable to the equity 
  holders of the Company 
  Basic and diluted loss per ordinary shares 
 
  (1)See note 14 for an explanation of the prior 
  period restatement.                                             6         (0.011)p         (0.040)p         (0.056)p 
---------------------------------------------------  --------------  ---------------  ---------------  --------------- 
 
 

STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION (UNAUDITED) AS AT 30 JUNE 2022

 
                                                    30 June         30 June       31 December 
                                                       2022            2021              2021 
                                            Notes Unaudited   Unaudited               Audited 
                                                               RESTATED(1) 
                                                        GBP             GBP             GBP 
-----------------------------------------------------------  --------------  -------------- 
ASSETS 
Non-current assets 
Intangible assets                                    66,637          77,294          74,405 
Property, plant and equipment                       296,342         112,645         305,687 
Right of use assets                                  90,554          15,037         126,533 
------------------------------  -------------  ------------  --------------  -------------- 
Total non-current assets                            453,533         204,976         506,625 
------------------------------  -------------  ------------  --------------  -------------- 
Current assets 
Inventories                                         255,346         377,156         283,902 
Trade and other receivables                       1,112,605         524,049         631,948 
Corporation tax receivable                          387,032         317,290         267,785 
Cash and cash equivalents                         2,562,741       4,483,252       3,464,876 
------------------------------  -------------  ------------  --------------  -------------- 
Total current assets                              4,317,724       5,701,747       4,648,511 
------------------------------  -------------  ------------  --------------  -------------- 
TOTAL ASSETS                                      4,771,257       5,906,723       5,155,136 
------------------------------  -------------  ------------  --------------  -------------- 
EQUITY AND LIABILITIES 
Equity 
Share capital                                     1,731,413       1,702,913       1,702,913 
Share premium                                    28,262,518   28,006,018        28,006,018 
Share-based payment reserve                       2,817,181       2,743,064       2,888,707 
Retained losses                                (28,616,601)    (26,904,040)    (28,024,418) 
------------------------------  -------------  ------------  --------------  -------------- 
Total Equity                                      4,194,511       5,547,955       4,573,220 
------------------------------  -------------  ------------  --------------  -------------- 
Current liabilities 
                                ------------- 
Trade and other payables                            379,382         245,346         354,611 
                                -------  ---- 
Lease liability                                      73,699          16,143          71,187 
------------------------------  -------  ----  ------------  --------------  -------------- 
Total current liabilities                           453,081         261,489         425,798 
------------------------------  -------------  ------------  --------------  -------------- 
Non-current liabilities 
Provision                                   9       105,045          97,279          99,960 
Lease liability                                      18,620               -          56,158 
------------------------------  -------------  ------------  --------------  -------------- 
Total non-current liabilities                       123,665          97,279         156,118 
------------------------------  -------------  ------------  --------------  -------------- 
Total liabilities                                   576,746         358,768         581,916 
------------------------------  -------------  ------------  --------------  -------------- 
TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES                      4,771,257       5,906,723       5,155,136 
------------------------------  -------------  ------------  --------------  -------------- 
 
  (1)See note 14 for an explanation of the prior period restatement. 
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STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY (UNAUDITED) AS AT 30 JUNE 2022

Share

based

Share Share payment Retained Total capital premium reserve

   Losses       equity 

RESTATED(1)

 
                                                        GBP GBP GBP                 GBP GBP 
-------------------------------------------------------------------  -------------------------- 
 
  At 1 January 2021                    1,140,913 24,867,886 324,264    (25,090,083) 1,242,980 
Total comprehensive loss for 
 the period as presented in 
 the unaudited interim financial 
 statements to 30 June 2021                             - - -           (2,106,925) (2,106,925) 
Impact of restatement of R&D 
 tax credit recognition (see 
 note 14)                                               - - -                 98,722 98,722 
 
Transactions with owners 
Shares issued                                562,000 5,058,000 -                    - 5,620,000 
Share issue costs                           - (1,919,868) 1,503,008                 - (416,860) 
Transfer in respect of lapsed 
 share options                                        - - (194,246)        194,246 - 
Share based payments-share 
 options                                              - - 1,110,038                 - 1,110,038 
---------------------------------  --------------------------------  -------------------------- 
At 30 June 2021                      1,702,913 28,006,018 2,743,064  (26,904,040) 5,547,955 
---------------------------------  --------------------------------  -------------------------- 
 
  At 1 July 2021                     1,702,913 28,006,018 2,743,064    (26,904,050) 5,547,955 
Total comprehensive loss for 
 the period                                         - - -               (1,120,378) (1,120,378) 
Transactions with owners 
Shares issued                                       - - -                         - - 
Share issue costs                                   - - -                         - - 
Transfer in respect of lapsed                       - - -                         - - 
 share options 
Share based payments-share 
 options                                                - - 145,643                   - 145,643 
---------------------------------  --------------------------------  -------------------------- 
At 31 December 2021                  1,702,913 28,006,018 2,888,707  (28,024,418) 4,573,220 
---------------------------------  --------------------------------  -------------------------- 
 
  At 1 January 2022                  1,702,913 28,006,018 2,888,707    (28,024,418) 4,573,220 
Total comprehensive loss for 
 the period                                        - - -                    (704,711) (704,711) 
Transactions with owners 
Shares issued                                 28,500 256,500 -                        - 285,000 
Share issue costs                                   - - -                        - - 
Transfer in respect of lapsed 
 share options                                        - - (112,528)        112,528 - 
Share based payments share 
 options                                                 - - 41,002                    - 41,002 
---------------------------------  --------------------------------  -------------------------- 
At 30 June 2022                      1,731,413 28,262,518 2,817,181  (28,616,601) 4,194,511 
---------------------------------  --------------------------------  -------------------------- 
 
  (1)See note 14 for an explanation of the prior period restatement. 
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STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED) 
 FOR THE SIX MONTHSED 30 JUNE 
 2022 
                                                                       6 months     6 months        Year to 
                                                                     to 30 June   to 30 June    31 December 
                                                                           2022         2021           2021 
                                                                Notes Unaudited    Unaudited        Audited 
                                                                            GBP          GBP            GBP 
 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------  -----------  ------------- 
 Cash flows from operating activities 
 Cash absorbed by operations                             12           (997,506)    (907,246)    (1,827,851) 
 Corporation tax received                                                     -            -        218,568 
 ----------------------------------------------  ----------------  ------------  -----------  ------------- 
 Net cash used in operating activities                             (997,506)       (907,246)    (1,609,283) 
 ----------------------------------------------  ------------------------------  -----------  ------------- 
 Cash flows from investing activities 
 Purchases of intangible assets                                       (6,331)       (13,664)       (28,883) 
 Purchases of property, plant and equipment                          (65,019)       (39,493)      (305,334) 
 Interest received                                                        5,850        2,325          6,237 
 ----------------------------------------------  ------------------------------  -----------  ------------- 
 Net cash used in investing activities                               (65,500)       (50,832)      (327,980) 
 ----------------------------------------------  ------------------------------  -----------  ------------- 
 Cash flows from financing activities 
 Proceeds from share issues                                          200,000       5,500,000     5,500,000 
 Share issue costs                                                            -    (416,860)      (416,860) 
 Repayment of lease liabilities                                      (39,130)       (38,879)       (78,070) 
 ----------------------------------------------  ------------------------------  -----------  ------------- 
 Net cash from/(used in) financing 
  activities                                                        160,870        5,044,261     5,005,070 
 ----------------------------------------------  ------------------------------  -----------  ------------- 
 Net increase/(decrease) in cash and 
  cash equivalents                                                (902,136)        4,086,183     3,067,807 
 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning 
  of the year                                                     3,464,876          397,069       397,069 
 ----------------------------------------------  ------------------------------  -----------  ------------- 
 Cash and cash equivalents at the end 
  of the period                                                   2,562,741        4,483,252     3,464,876 
 ----------------------------------------------  ------------------------------  -----------  ------------- 
 
 
 

NOTES TO THE INTERIM FINANCIAL INFORMATION (UNAUDITED)

1. Nature of operations

Microsaic Systems plc is registered in England and Wales. The Company's registered office is GMS House, Boundary Road, Woking, GU21 5BX. The Company has no subsidiaries, so the financial information relates to the Company only. Microsaic is a high technology company developing compact, chip-based mass spectrometers that are designed to improve the efficiency of pharmaceutical R&D.

2. Basis of preparation

The interim financial statements of the Company for the six months ended 30 June 2022, which are unaudited, have been prepared in accordance with the accounting policies set out in the annual report and accounts for the year ended 31 December 2021, which were prepared under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") with the exception of Revenue and Cost of sales policies which have been amended for the year ending 31 December 2022, as per notes 4, 5 and 14. Comparable information for the six months ended 30 June 2021 has been restated in accordance with these policies.

This report does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006 and has not been audited. The financial information for the full preceding year is based on the statutory accounts for the year ended 31 December 2021. Those statutory accounts have been filed with the Registrar of Companies. The auditor's report on those statutory accounts was unqualified.

As permitted, this interim report has been prepared in accordance with the AIM Rules for Companies and not in accordance with IAS 34 "Interim Financial Reporting" and therefore it is not fully compliant with IFRS.

The interim financial statements are presented in pounds sterling.

3. Critical accounting estimates and judgements

Accounting estimates and judgements are continually evaluated and are based on past experience and other factors, including expectations of future events that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances.

The Company makes estimates and assumptions concerning the future. The resulting accounting estimates could, by definition, differ from the actual outcome.

The following estimates and assumptions are those that, in addition to those set out in the annual report and accounts for the year ended 31 December 2021, have a risk of causing a material adjustment to the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities:

Carrying value of trade receivables

The Company has applied a simplified "provision matrix" for calculating expected credit losses as a practical expedient. The percentage ranges are applied to the receivable balance.

 
 Current   1-30 days        31-60        61-90       91-120      121-150      151-180   181 days 
            past due    days past    days past    days past    days past    days past     + past 
                              due          due          due          due          due        due 
   0%-1%       1%-2%        1%-2%        1%-2%        2%-5%       5%-10%      10%-20%   10%-50% 
          ----------  -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------  --------- 
 

The directors have reviewed the expected credit losses calculated in accordance with the "provision matrix" above and believe that there is no change required to the provision in respect of recoverability.

4. Revenues

IFRS 15 provides a single, principles based five-step model to be applied to all contracts with customers. The five-step framework includes:

Identify the contract(s) with a customer;

Identify the performance obligations in the contract; Determine the transaction price;

Allocate the transaction price to the performance obligations in the contract; and Recognise revenue when the entity satisfies a performance obligation.

The Company recognises revenue from the following four sources:

Sale of products;

Sale of consumables and spare parts; Product service and product support; and Consultancy services.

All revenues and trade receivables arise from contracts with customers. Revenue is measured based on the consideration which the Company expects to be entitled in a contract with a customer and excludes amounts collected on behalf of third parties. The sale of products, consumables and spare parts is recognised when the sole performance obligation is met which is usually on delivery to the customer. For product service, product support and consultancy services revenue, the performance obligation is satisfied over the duration of the service period and revenue is recognised in line with the satisfaction of the performance obligation.

Sale of products

The Company sells compact mass spectrometers (Microsaic 4500 MiD(R)) mainly through OEMs and Distributors. A small proportion of its sales are direct to the customer. Discounts are offered and agreed as part of the contractual terms. Terms are generally Ex Works so control passes when the customer collects the goods. Payment terms are generally 30 days from the date of invoice.

Sales of consumables and spare parts

The Company sells consumables and spare parts mainly through OEMs and Distributors. Terms are generally Ex Works so control passes when the customer collects the goods. Discounts are offered and agreed as part of the contractual terms. Payment terms are generally 30 days from the date of invoice.

Product service and product support revenue

Service and support to our OEMs and Distributors includes training their sales and service teams and servicing the products from time to time. Discounts are offered and agreed as part of the contractual terms. Terms are Ex Works so control passes when the customer receives the service. Payment terms are generally 30 days from the date of invoice.

Usually, there is no obligation on the Company for returns, refunds or similar arrangements. Also, the Company does not manufacture specific items to a customer's specification and no financing component is included in the terms with customers.

The Company provides assurance warranties which are 15 months from the date of shipment for OEMs and Distributors. These warranties confirm that the product complies with agreed-upon specifications. The Company is looking to provide service warranties in the future to direct Europe customers, where the revenue from such warranties will be recognised over the period of the service agreement.

Consultancy services revenue

Consultancy services comprises science and engineering consultancy, laboratory services and monitoring services. These services are delivered over a period of time usually in accordance with a master services agreement and/or statement of works with an agreed outcome at the end of the project or project phase.

Consultancy services revenue is recognised by reference to the stage of completion of the project or project phase at the balance sheet date as follows:

-- Where there are defined project or project phase milestones, the revenue is recognised in full on completion of the project or project phase and on a time basis for the stage of completion where the project or project phase is not completed at the balance sheet date. The stage of completion is recognised as the proportion of time spent on the project or project phase compared with the total time anticipated to complete the project or project phase; and/or

-- Where the project is defined with the client in terms of time spent, the revenue is recognised on the basis of consulting time spent on the project by the Company at the time-based rates agreed with the client.

The geographical analysis of revenues (by location of shipment) was as follows:

 
 6 months        6 months         Year to 
  to 30 June      to 30 June           31 
                                 December 
        2022            2021         2021 
   Unaudited       Unaudited      Audited 
 
 
                        GBP      GBP      GBP 
---------------------------  -------  ------- 
UK                  634,200  220,192  532,364 
Japan                 8,279       -     1,000 
USA                  50,703  130,960  187,673 
Europe               29,610   42,057   71,887 
China                12,122  106,076  106,076 
South Korea               -       -     3,662 
Rest of World             -       -     4,214 
--------------  -----------  -------  ------- 
                    734,914  499,285  906,876 
--------------  -----------  -------  ------- 
 
 
The product group analysis of revenues 
 was as follows: 
                                           6 months         6 months           Year to 
                                                                                    31 
                                         to 30 June       to 30 June          December 
                                               2022             2021              2021 
                                          Unaudited        Unaudited         Unaudited 
                                                GBP              GBP               GBP 
---------------------------------------  ----------  ---------------  ---------------- 
Product/Unit Consumables and spares         165,011         367,474            617,614 
 Service and support income                  67,586          119,641           230,831 
                                            502,317          12,170             58,431 
---------------------------------------  ----------  ---------------  ---------------- 
                                            734,914        499,285             906,876 
---------------------------------------  ----------  ---------------  ---------------- 
 
 

5. Cost of sales

With effect from 1 January 2022, the company has adopted new accounting policies for the presentation of cost of sales, to better reflect the costs associated with the new revenue streams. The financial impact of this change is set out in note 14, and the new policies applied are as follows:

Cost of sales of products

The cost of sales of mass spectrometers and related equipment is the bought in purchase cost of the product or the transfer value from stock value if a unit has been previously written down. Usually, the sale is made on an Ex-Works basis but if it were not the cost of delivery to the customer is also included in cost of sales.

Cost of sales of consumables and spare parts

The cost of sales of consumable and spare parts is the bought in purchase cost of the consumable or spare part or the transfer value from stock value if an item has been previously written down. Usually, the sale is made on an Ex-Works basis but if it were not the cost of delivery to the customer is also included in cost of sales.

Cost of sales of product service and product support income

The cost of sales of service and support income is the time-based apportionment of the employment costs of the relevant staff spent on the delivery of the service and support income plus any related costs of fulfilment such as travel expenses and any externally incurred direct costs. For the purposes of cost of sales, the employment costs are considered to be salaries, pensions and employers national insurance but cost of sales does not include share-based payments nor any apportionment of training or overheads.

Cost of sales of consultancy services revenue

The cost of sales of consultancy services (comprising science and engineering consultancy, laboratory services and monitoring services) is the time-based apportionment of the employment costs of the relevant staff spent on the delivery of this revenue plus any related costs of fulfilment such as travel expenses and any externally-incurred direct costs. For the purposes of cost of sales, the employment costs are considered to be salaries, pensions and employers national insurance but does not include share-based payments nor any apportionment of training or overheads.

6. Loss per share

 
                                             6 months               6 months                 Year to 31 
                                              to 30 June             to 30 June                December 
                                                        2022                  2021                 2021 
                                                   Unaudited             Unaudited              Audited 
                                                                                               RESTATED 
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
Comprehensive loss attributable 
 to equity shareholders (GBP) 
 Weighted average number of ordinary 
 0.01p                                             (704,711)           (2,008,203)          (3,128,581) 
 (2021: 0.01p) shares for the 
 purpose of basic 
 and diluted loss per share                    6,287,359,621         4,989,624,815        5,537,461,036 
-------------------------------------  ---------------------  --------------------  ------------------- 
Basic and diluted loss per ordinary 
 share (p)                                        (0.011)p                (0.040)p             (0.056)p 
-------------------------------------  ---------------------  --------------------  ------------------- 
 
 
 

The basic loss per share has continued to reduce. It fell by 72% compared with H1 2021. This was due to a 65% reduction in comprehensive loss as well as the impact of the share reorganisation early in 2021 and issues of equity in 2022. The main contributions to the reduction in comprehensive loss was an increase in gross profit of 164% and a reduction in share-based payment costs by 93%. The 6 months to 30 June 2021 loss per share has been re-stated due to the change in recognition of R&D tax credit receivable as set out in note 14.

Potential ordinary shares are not treated as dilutive as the Company is loss making, therefore the weighted average number of ordinary shares for the purposes of the basic and diluted loss per share are the same.

7. Adjusted EBITDA Loss

A key indicator of performance for the Company is Adjusted EBITDA Loss (Loss of earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation and other items such as share-based payments and exceptional one-off expenditure). Detailed below is the Adjusted EBITDA Loss for the period:

 
 
 
 
 
                                         6 months      6 months         Year to 31-Dec 
                                       to 30 June    to 30 June                   2021 
                                             2022          2021              Unaudited 
                                        Unaudited     Unaudited 
------------------------------------ 
                                              GBP           GBP                    GBP 
------------------------------------  -----------  ------------  --------------------- 
Comprehensive loss for period           (704,711)   (2,008,203)            (3,128,581) 
Adjust for: 
 Tax on loss on ordinary activities     (119,246)      (98,722)              (267,785) 
Depreciation of property, plant 
 and equipment                             74,364        39,222                 90,628 
Depreciation of right of use 
 assets                                    35,980        34,368                 70,499 
Amortisation of Intangibles                14,099        20,133                 38,241 
Net finance cost                          (2,979)       (1,429)                (1,633) 
Share-based payments (excluding 
 fee shares)                               41,002     1,110,038              1,255,681 
Exceptional costs                               -        65,789                 65,789 
------------------------------------  -----------  ------------  --------------------- 
Adjusted EBITDA Loss                    (661,491)     (838,804)            (1,877,161) 
------------------------------------  -----------  ------------  --------------------- 
 

8. Employees and employment related costs

 
                                              6 months     6 Months  Year to 31 
                                            to 30 June   to 30 June    December 
                                                  2022         2021        2021 
                                             Unaudited    Unaudited     Audited 
Staff Numbers                                              RESTATED 
  Directors                                          3            4           4 
  Other staff                                       19           17          18 
-----------------------------------------  -----------  -----------  ---------- 
  Average Headcount                                 22           21          22 
-----------------------------------------  -----------  -----------  ---------- 
 
  Employment costs (including Directors)           GBP          GBP         GBP 
-----------------------------------------  -----------  -----------  ---------- 
  Wages and salaries                           514,539      590,195   1,123,276 
  Social security costs                         74,710       67,452     160,902 
  Termination payments                          21,125            -      18,189 
  Pension costs                                 77,578       80,296     173,051 
  Employment related share-based 
   payments                                     82,943    1,143,800   1,332,240 
-----------------------------------------  -----------  -----------  ---------- 
                                               770,895    1,881,743   2,807,699 
-----------------------------------------  -----------  -----------  ---------- 
 

9. Provisions

 
 
                                                                                     Total unaudited 
                                                             Dilapidations   Warranty              GBP 
                                                                       GBP        GBP 
              --------------------------------------------  --------------  ---------  --------------- 
                Balance at 1 January 2022                           75,779     24,181           99,960 
                Provided for/(Reduction) during the period           8,199    (3,114)          (5,085) 
              --------------------------------------------  --------------  ---------  --------------- 
                Balance at 30 June 2022                             83,978     21,067          105,045 
              --------------------------------------------  --------------  ---------  --------------- 
 

The dilapidations provision has been updated for the estimated impact of inflation. The warranty provision methodology was updated to reflect more recent performance with the increased value of products under warranty offset by reduced warranty claim rates and costs.

   10.          Commitments 

As at 30 June 2022, purchase commitments relating to purchase orders placed on, and related contractual arrangements and obligations, with our third-party manufacturers amounted to GBP684,978 (31 December 2021: GBP781,990).

   11.          Share-based payments 
 
The share-based payments charge        6 months      6 Months  Year to 31 
 comprises:                          to 30 June    to 30 June    December 
                                           2022          2021        2021 
                                      Unaudited     Unaudited     Audited 
                                                     RESTATED 
                                            GBP           GBP         GBP 
----------------------------------  -----------  ------------  ---------- 
Directors' fees settled in shares        41,941        33,762      76,559 
Share options granted                    41,002     1,110,038   1,255,681 
----------------------------------  -----------  ------------  ---------- 
Employment related share-based 
 payments                                82,943     1,143,800   1,332,240 
Brokers' fees settled in shares          43,059        13,902      31,524 
----------------------------------  -----------  ------------  ---------- 
                                        126,002     1,157,702   1,363,764 
----------------------------------  -----------  ------------  ---------- 
 

The Directors' fees settled in shares in respect of the years commencing 5 February 2021 and 5 February 2022 and Broker's fees settled in shares in respect of the year commencing 5 February 2021 are both in respect of paying annual fees in advance at the placing price of 5 February 2021 being a valuation of 0.1p per ordinary share of 0.01p nominal value. The restatement above reflects the inclusion of Brokers' fees settled in shares previously included as Directors' fees settled in shares.

   12.          Cash absorbed by operations 
 
                                                 6 months           6 months         Year to 
                                                  to 30 June         to 30 June       31 
                                                                                      December 
                                                          2022             2021               2021 
                                                     Unaudited        Unaudited            Audited 
                                                                       RESTATED 
                                                           GBP              GBP              GBP 
--------------------------------------------------------------  ---------------  --------------- 
Total comprehensive loss for the year                (704,711)      (2,008,203)     (3,128,581) 
Adjustments for: 
Amortisation of intangible assets                       14,099           20,133           38,241 
Depreciation of right of use assets                     35,980           34,367           70,499 
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment           74,364           39,222           90,628 
Transfer of property, plant and equipment 
 to 
cost of goods                                           -                23,867           23,164 
Profit on disposal of right of use assets               -                 -                (113) 
Decrease in provision for warranty                     (3,114)         (26,756)         (24,075) 
Increase in provision for dilapidations                  8,199            -                    - 
(Decrease)/Increase in provision for expected 
credit losses                                            4,755         (18,532)         (65,825) 
Share-based payments (inclusive of fees 
 settled in shares)                                   126,002        1,157,702        1,363,764 
Increase/(Decrease) in inventory provision            (14,033)         (10,442)           32,535 
Tax on loss on ordinary activities                   (119,246)         (98,722)        (267,785) 
Interest on lease liability                              4,104            1,554            4,433 
Interest received                                      (5,850)          (2,983)          (6,237) 
                                                --------------  ---------------  --------------- 
Cash absorbed by operations before movements 
 in working capital                                  (579,451)        (888,793)      (1,869,352) 
                                                --------------  ---------------  --------------- 
Movements in working capital: 
Decrease/(Increase) in inventories                     42,587          202,883           253,152 
(Increase)/Decrease in trade and other 
 receivables                                         (485,413)        (298,503)        (398,083) 
Increase/(Decrease) in trade and other 
 payables                                               24,771           59,419          168,684 
Accrued furlough income                                 -                17,748           17,748 
                                                --------------  ---------------  --------------- 
Net movement in working capital                      (418,055)         (18,453)           41,501 
 
Cash absorbed by operations                          (997,506)        (907,246)     (1,827,851) 
----------------------------------------------  --------------  ---------------  --------------- 
 
 
 
   13.          Related party transactions 

Microsaic and DeepVerge plc ("DeepVerge") have two directors in common: Gerard Brandon and Nigel Burton. In particular, Gerard Brandon is Executive Chairman of Microsaic and CEO of DeepVerge.

On 19 April 2022, Microsaic signed a new Manufacturing Services Framework Agreement ("MSFA") with Innovenn UK Limited, a division of DeepVerge plc ("DeepVerge"), to refine and miniaturise existing monitoring equipment for environmental and human health diagnostics, together with an initial contract worth GBP400,000. The MSFA framework sets out the terms and conditions for Microsaic to improve and manufacture certain DeepVerge products and to provide the design, assembly, quality, and project management functions necessary to produce and ship equipment based on DeepVerge approved specifications, design, and quality requirements.

In summary for the six months ended 30 June 2022, revenue from DeepVerge sales totalled GBP546,718 and purchases from DeepVerge were GBPnil. At 30 June 2022, GBP632,021 was owed by DeepVerge to Microsaic in relation to the revenue recognised in H1 2022 and GBP65,610 was owed by Microsaic to DeepVerge.

At 30 June 2022, Director Nigel Burton owed GBP14,100 in respect of tax and national insurance which was settled in July 2022.

   14.          Prior period restatement 

The year to 31 December 2021 Cost of Sales and other operating expenses have been restated to reclassify amounts of GBP7,424 for the 6-month period to 30 June 2021 and GBP15,233 for the 12-month period to December 2021. There was no effect on the final results.

To reflect the change in revenue, further detail with regards to the product group of how revenue is generated has been included within note 4.

An adjustment was made to the Income statement for the tax credit receivable through R&D claims. Previously, the accrued tax credit receivable was not included at each half year. This has been included for the 6-month period to 30 June 2022 at GBP119,246 (being GBP134,355 for the 6 months less an adjustment of GBP15,089 in respect of the year ended 31 December 2021) on the basis that the directors believe it is probable that it will be recovered. The 6 month period to 30 June 2021 has accordingly been re-stated to include an amount of GBP98,722. Subsequently this has impacted the calculation of loss per share, note 6.

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