PayPoint plc (the ‘Company’)
26 June 2018
Publication of Annual Report and Notice of 2018 Annual General Meeting
The Company has today published its Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2018 (‘2018 Annual Report’) on its website http://corporate.paypoint.com/
In accordance with Listing Rule 9.6.1, the 2018 Annual Report and notice of Annual General Meeting will shortly be available for public inspection on the National Storage Mechanism (NSM) – Morningstar (www.morningstar.co.uk/uk/nsm ).
The Company will hold its 2018 Annual General Meeting on Thursday, 26 July 2018 at 12 noon at the offices of Canaccord Genuity, 88 Wood Street, London EC2V 7QR.
In addition, following the release on 24 May 2018 of the Company’s preliminary results for the year ended 31 March 2018, which are also available at http://corporate.paypoint.com/, the Company makes the following additional disclosure in compliance with Rule 6.3.5R of the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the UK Financial Conduct Authority. Together these constitute the information required to be communicated to the media in unedited full text through a Regulatory Information Service. This information is not a substitute for reading the full 2018 Annual Report and Financial Statements.
Principal risks and uncertainties
Since publication of the annual report last year, the Executive team has completed a thorough review of the key risks that could prevent PayPoint meeting its strategic objectives, its risk appetite, the risk management framework and the format for managing these risks and reporting to the Board. The Group’s level of risk remains broadly the same as last year however, PayPoint’s business, financial condition or operations could be materially and adversely affected by the risks summarised in the sections below.
Innovation and market changes
The Group could fail to adapt to changes in consumer behaviour or to commercialise and develop innovation that is scalable and meets the requirements of clients and retailers. The inability to implement new products and services effectively may impact PayPoint’s ability to drive growth and profitability.
The Group monitors external technological and consumer trends through its monthly strategy committee and twice yearly Board strategy reviews. The Group is committed to continued research and investment in technology and products to support its continued growth. Our product portfolio and the progress of new initiatives are reviewed at the monthly product committee that contains representatives from commercial, product, technology, finance and legal.
The strategic objectives and values of the Group are focused on retailer and consumer-centric products and services. If employees are not aligned with these objectives or empowered to realise opportunities, deliver performance or mitigate risks this could lead to poor service quality, a loss in revenue, increased cost or failure by employees to escalate concerns or issues to senior management and the Executive Board.
The PayPoint strategic objectives and values are defined and advocated by the Executive Board. These values are linked to strategic, team and individual employee objectives and performance appraisals. The Group’s ethical principles are published on its website and intranet. A whistleblowing policy and procedures are published and a third-party service if available for employees to report wrongdoing. The Retailer Pledge is published and all employees made aware of its requirements.
Dependence on key clients and retailers
The consolidation of major clients or multiple retailers could adversely affect revenue. Insolvency, liquidation, administration or receivership of retailers could lead to PayPoint being unable to recover some or all of the client monies processed by the retailer. PayPoint would be liable to account to those clients where PayPoint bears the risk of collections.
The Group monitors client and retailer concentration risk to ensure that no one client or retailer accounts for a disproportionate share of the Group’s net revenue. In addition, the Group continues to acquire new clients and retailers to reduce reliance on existing sources of revenue. All major clients are covered by specific contracts or agreements. Contract end dates and start of notice periods are scheduled and regularly reviewed by client management teams. Retail teams maintain and develop the relationship with retailers.
Partners & suppliers
Reliance on third parties for the provision of key parts of the PayPoint services (e.g. Payment Service Providers) could lead to extended outages if the supplier fails to meet required SLAs or goes into administration.
The Group selects and negotiates agreements with strategic suppliers and agents based on criteria such as delivery assurance and reliability. Single points of failure are avoided, where practicable and economically feasible. Specifically, for our MultiPay product we are adding a second payment service provider which will enhance the resilience of the service. Controls are regularly reviewed and improved to minimise risk of retailer churn caused by financial loss to retailers through fraudulent third-party activity. Suppliers are selected on merit following tendering, procurement and due diligence processes.
Interruptions in processes and systems
The Group’s ability to provide reliable services largely depends on the efficient and uninterrupted operation of our computer network systems, financial settlement systems, data and call centres, as well as maintaining sufficient staffing levels. System or network interruptions, recovery from fraud or security incidents or the unavailability of key staff or management resulting from a pandemic outbreak could delay and disrupt our ability to develop, deliver or maintain our products and services, causing harm to our business and reputation and resulting in loss of customers or revenue.
Resilience is built into systems and contingency plans are in place should systems fail. These plans are exercised regularly. Programmes are in place to remove technical debt and to automate manual processes. Payment files are automatically imported into settlement systems. All payments are checked / authorised by nominated signatories. There is segregation of duties maintained between settlement & corporate accounts. Invoices are recorded and approved by authorised managers. Daily reconciliation of client settlement accounts and weekly reconciliation of PayPoint corporate accounts is carried out. Audited controls for supplier and client account set-up are in place.
Liquidity & funding
Capital might be required to finance investment, fixed assets, working capital, acquisitions or losses. If PayPoint does not perform to expectation or finance is not available from the market it may be necessary to reduce the scope of the Group’s operations or anticipated expansion.
The Finance and Treasury policy sets borrowing limits with headroom allowed. A five-year revolving credit facility is in place. Cash resources are available but will be depleted by additional annual dividends of £25 million for five years. The ability to raise new funding is available via the stock market. Investor relations programme communicates company strategy, opportunities and results to the market and investors. Monthly business reviews and quarterly forecasts highlight any change in cash requirements. Cash flow reporting has been improved.
Legislation or regulatory reforms and risk of non-compliance
PayPoint is required to comply with relevant legal and regulatory requirements. Any breach of these obligations could lead to costly and damaging legal or corrective actions to return to compliance e.g. Health & Safety at Work Act, Data Protection Act / GDPR, Stock Market listing rules, Financial Conduct Authority requirements, anti-money laundering legislation, employment law etc. It could also lead to the prosecution of individual company officers or employees.
The Group’s legal department works closely with senior managers to adopt strategies to educate legislature, regulators, consumer and privacy advocates and other stakeholders to support the public policy debate, where appropriate, to ensure regulation does not have unintended consequences over the Group’s services. A central compliance department co-ordinates all compliance monitoring and reporting. Subsidiary managing and finance directors are required to sign annual compliance statements. A plan is in place to ensure that the Group is compliant with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulations prior to the 25 May 2018 deadline.
Cyber security, data protection, resilience and business continuity
System or network interruptions, recovery from fraud or cyber security incidents or poorly implemented change could delay and disrupt our ability to develop, deliver or maintain our products and services, causing harm to our business and reputation and resulting in loss of customers or revenue. PayPoint’s ability to provide reliable and secure services largely depends on the availability and uninterrupted operation of its network of retailer terminals, computer systems, financial settlement and key business processes.
Service delivery is constantly monitored with technical support teams in place to address service outages or errors. Contact Centre, Service Management and Technical Services Helpdesk are in place to assist with and resolve issues. Client Management and Retail Management teams are in place to interface with clients and retailers. Resilient systems are in place across the Group. Disaster recovery and business continuity plans are maintained and exercised regularly to ensure contingencies are in place in the case of failure.
Attracting and retaining key talent
Future success is substantially dependent on the continued services and performance of executive directors, senior management, competent and qualified personnel. The failure to attract the right candidates, loss of key personnel or failure to adequately train employees could damage the Group’s business or lead to non-compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.
Effective recruitment programmes are on-going across all business areas, as well as personal and career development initiatives. The executive management reviews talent potential twice a year and retention plans are put in place for individuals identified at risk of leaving. Compensation and benefits programmes are competitive and reviewed regularly.
The effect on inter-company transactions and the Group’s international expansion plans may be adversely affected by the outcomes of the negotiations between the UK government and the other member countries during the UK’s exit from the European Union.
Due to the current uncertainties with the Brexit negotiations the Group is still considering appropriate mitigation strategies. However, the bulk of the Group’s operations and revenues are UK-based. Romania and Ireland will remain within the EU and are unlikely to be significantly affected by Brexit. Where issues are identified appropriate mitigations are being put in place.
Related party transactions
Remuneration of the directors, who are the key management of the Group, was as follows during the year:
Year ended 31 March 2018
Year ended 31 March 2017
Short term benefits and bonus1
Long term incentives3
1. Includes salary, fees, benefits in kind and annual bonus.
2. Defined contribution pension scheme.
3. Long term incentives: includes the value of 2015 LTIP and DABS expected to vest after the year end (2017: 2014 DSB and LTIP awards).
4. SIP matching and dividend shares awarded in the year.
Amounts received from Drop and Collect Limited during the year totalled £15.1 million (2017: £17.8 million) and PayPoint held a trade debtor at year end of £0.4 million (2017: £0.6 million).
Directors’ remuneration is disclosed on page 58 of the 2018 Annual Report as part of the annual report on remuneration.
Statement of directors’ responsibilities in respect of the Annual Report and the Financial Statements
The 2018 Annual Report contains the following statements regarding responsibility for financial statements on page 69:
“The directors are responsible for preparing the Annual Report and the Group and parent Company financial statements in accordance with applicable law and regulations.
Company law requires the directors to prepare Group and parent Company financial statements for each financial year. Under that law they are required to prepare the Group financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union (IFRSs as adopted by the EU) and applicable law and have elected to prepare the parent Company financial statements on the same basis.
Under company law the directors must not approve the financial statements unless they are satisfied that they give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the Group and parent Company and of their profit or loss for that period. In preparing each of the Group and parent Company financial statements, the directors are required to:
- select suitable accounting policies and then apply them consistently;
- make judgements and estimates that are reasonable, relevant and reliable;
- state whether they have been prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the EU;
- assess the Group and parent Company’s ability to continue as a going concern, disclosing, as applicable, matters related to going concern; and
- use the going concern basis of accounting unless they either intend to liquidate the Group or the parent Company or to cease operations, or have no realistic alternative but to do so.
The directors are responsible for keeping adequate accounting records that are sufficient to show and explain the parent Company’s transactions and disclose with reasonable accuracy at any time the financial position of the parent Company and enable them to ensure that its financial statements comply with the Companies Act 2006. They are responsible for such internal control as they determine is necessary to enable the preparation of financial statements that are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error, and have general responsibility for taking such steps as are reasonably open to them to safeguard the assets of the Group and to prevent and detect fraud and other irregularities.
Under applicable law and regulations, the directors are also responsible for preparing a Strategic Report, Directors’ Report, Directors’ Remuneration Report and Corporate Governance Statement that complies with that law and those regulations.
The directors are responsible for the maintenance and integrity of the corporate and financial information included on the Company’s website. Legislation in the UK governing the preparation and dissemination of financial statements may differ from legislation in other jurisdictions.
Responsibility statement of the directors in respect of the annual financial report
We confirm that to the best of our knowledge:
- The financial statements, prepared in accordance with the applicable set of accounting standards, give a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and profit or loss of the Company and the undertakings included in the consolidation taken as a whole; and
- the directors’ report which also incorporates the strategic report includes a fair review of the development and performance of the business and the position of the issuer and the undertakings included in the consolidation taken as a whole, together with a description of the principal risks and uncertainties that they face.
We consider the annual report and accounts, taken as a whole, is fair, balanced and understandable and provides the information necessary for shareholders to assess the group’s position and performance, business model and strategy.
24 May 2018”
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Company Secretary, PayPoint plc
Tel: +44 (0)1707 600300
In thousands of retail locations, at home and on the move, we make life more convenient for everyone.
For retailers, we offer innovative and time-saving technology that empowers convenience retailers in the UK and Romania to achieve higher footfall and increased spend so they can grow their businesses profitably. Our innovative retail services platform, PayPoint One, is now live in over 8,000 stores and offers everything a modern convenience store needs, from parcels and contactless card payments to EPoS and bill payment services. Our technology helps retailers to serve customers quickly, improve business efficiency and stay connected to their stores from anywhere.
We help millions of people to control their household finances, make essential payments and access in-store services, like parcel collections and drop-offs. Our UK network of 29,000 stores is bigger than all banks, supermarkets and Post Offices together, putting us at the heart of communities nationwide.
For clients of all sizes, we provide cutting-edge payments technologies without the need for capital investment. Our seamlessly integrated multichannel payments solution, MultiPay, is a one-stop shop for customer payments. It helps over 500 consumer service providers to save time and money while making it easier for their customers to pay – via any channel and on any device.