ANEVIA (EPA:ALANV) - Anevia : 2019 Annual Results. Equity warrants exercised. Covid-19.
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2019 Annual Results:
Substantial decline in losses
Equity warrants exercised
EUR877,000 capital increase in Q1 2020
Business Continuity Plan (BCP) implemented
Anevia, a leading provider of OTT and IPTV software solutions, today announced
its financial results for 2019, approved by the Board of Directors.
In EUR millions, at 31/12 (1) 2019 2018 (2)
Revenues 15.8 14.1
Gross margin 12.8 11.1
As a % of revenue 81% 78%
Operating expenses (14.5) (14.7)
Operating profit (1.7) (3.7)
Research tax credit & subsidies 1.2 1.2
Operating income (expense) plus
Research Tax Credit (0.5) (2.5)
Net income (0.6) (2.6)
The consolidated financial statements have been audited. The auditors' report
will be issued once the management report has been verified.
BUSINESS ACTIVITY IN 2019
Organic growth of 11% in 2019
As expected, Anevia recorded organic revenue growth of 11.4% in 2019 compared
to 2018, driven by accelerated sales in the Telecom business in the second half
of the year. The Telecom and Enterprise businesses both contributed to this
The Telecom business posted a 14.2% increase in revenue over the period, to
EUR12.0m, making 2019 its fourth consecutive year of double-digit growth. Over
the period 2016-2019, it recorded a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of
In 2019, Anevia benefitted from the combined impact of the following factors:
- Healthy business with its existing customer base, involving sustainable,
- The acquisition of new customers, especially in Asia and the EMEA region.
The Enterprise business chalked up another year of growth, with revenue
increasing 3.0% to EUR3.8m. This performance confirms the sustainability of
this business line.
(1) R&D costs are fully expensed and partially funded by the Research Tax
(2) Figures include Keepixo's revenues, which were consolidated in the accounts
from 1 January 2018.
2019 ANNUAL RESULTS
Substantial decline in losses
Gross margin grew 16% in 2019, driven by a favorable product mix, amid sales of
higher-margin software and services. The result was a three-point increase in
gross margin, from 78% to 81%, during the year.
This performance, combined with the company's firm grip on personnel expenses
over the period (37% of 2019 revenue, compared with 42% in 2018), enabled
Anevia to substantially reduce its operating losses, from EUR3.7m to EUR1.7m,
resulting in an improvement of nearly EUR2m over the year.
The research tax credit (CIR) was stable year-on-year at EUR1.2m.
The addition of this research tax credit therefore reduced operating losses,
which came to -EUR0.5m, compared to -EUR2.5m in 2018. As anticipated, the
acceleration in business activity helped Anevia achieve break-even in H2.
Net income was negative at -EUR0.6m, compared to -EUR2.6m in 2018, representing
an increase of EUR2m.
UPDATE ON EQUITY WARRANT ISSUANCE
29% of class A warrants exercised within three months after issuance and 70% of
class B warrants exercised
As at 28th February, 2020, 1,322,420 class A warrants had been exercised, at an
exercise price of EUR2.25. This represents 29% of the 4,586,978 free class A
warrants issued to shareholders in December 2019.
The class A warrants exercised by February 28, 2020, which was the last day of
the accelerated exercise period, resulted in the issuance of 240,440 new
shares, each of which was allotted one class B warrant, such that 240,440 class
B warrants were then issued.
In March 2019, 168,240 of these class B warrants were exercised, at a unit
price of EUR2, resulting in the creation of 168,240 new shares.
These shares were admitted to trading on the same line as Anevia's existing
shares (ISIN code: FR0011910652).
At its meeting of 25th March, the Board of Directors therefore noted that the
class A and class B warrants that had been exercised had increased the share
capital by a gross amount of EUR877,470,000. It formally recognised the
increase in Anevia's capital stock to EUR249,782.90, henceforth consisting of
4,995,658 shares with a par value of EUR0.05.
On the date of this publication, the Group has 3,264,558 class A warrants and
72,200 class B warrants in circulation.
For further information about these A and B warrants, please refer to the press
release published on the company's website: https://anevia.com/finance/ on
December 16, 2019 and which sets out the terms and conditions of the plan to
allocate free equity warrants to shareholders.
FINANCIAL POSITION AT 29th FEBRUARY, 2020
On 31st December, 2019, Anevia had -EUR0.5m in shareholder equity, with EUR1.8m
in free cash flow and net debt of EUR0.7m.
The 2019 accounts were prepared in accordance on a going concern basis, given
that cash forecasts for the coming 12 months point to a positive cash position.
The following factors are taken into account:
- Advance financing of the research tax credits (CIR) for 2019 and 2020:
EUR319k recognised in January 2020. Quarterly CIR funding is estimated at
EUR1,220k for FY 2020;
- Strengthening of the Group's share capital through the exercise of
1,322,420 class A warrants and 168,240 class B warrants, the proceeds of
which amounted to EUR877k in Q1 2020;
- Changes in the payment deadlines for certain debts, whose negotiation is
still being finalised.
At 29th February, 2020, Anevia had EUR2.2m in cash and financial debt of
EUR2.6m. Note that this cash position did not include the EUR466k (of the total
EUR877k) raised as a result of the class A and class B warrants exercised in
March and not yet recognised in the accounts at 29th February, 2020.
There are 3,264,558 class A warrants and 72,200 B class warrants still in
circulation. Should all of these be exercised, Anevia would raise an additional
EUR1,480k in funds.
The Group is monitoring the COVID-19 epidemic closely, and placing its
employees' health as a top priority.
To date, Anevia has implemented all the necessary security measures to protect
their health and safety, which include introducing a travel ban and the ability
to work from home for all Group employees.
Meanwhile, thanks to the Agile working methods adopted by the company several
years ago, together with the collaborative and remote business steering tools
that employees have been using for a long time and its highly adaptable,
responsive teams, Anevia will ensure the continuity of its business operations
over the period and maintain the high quality of service expected by its
Although the duration and impact of the epidemic are hard to predict, Anevia
has identified several risks as a result of this exceptional situation. In
- The Enterprise business unit could see a decline in business activity over
the coming months, mainly due to the likely slump in the hotel industry as
hotel and travel sector activity weakens, or even grinds to a halt, thus
slowing plans to open new hotels or refurbish existing ones;
- Although supplies of servers for the Enterprise business unit's activity
are secure through to the end of June 2020, these could fall short if the
situation were to continue beyond that date;
- The Telecom business could also face shortages in supplies of servers and
storage units further out. These are required for the roll-out and extension
of video broadcasting infrastructures to meet operator and broadcaster
demand in the face of rising consumption;
- Restrictions on the movement of people could potentially have an impact on
Anevia's production and execution capabilities;
- The extension of customer payment deadlines.
PRIORITIES FOR 2020
This year, Anevia will focus on pushing ahead with its R&D efforts to ensure
that its unique and comprehensive technology offer for operators and media
broadcasters remains ahead of the game.
To maintain business momentum, Anevia will be stepping up efforts by:
- Intensifying its sales efforts to get new customers, especially in Europe,
the US and the Middle East;
- Further developing its existing customer base, driven both by an increasing
demand for capacity and a stronger service offer.
Next publication: H1 2020 revenue, on 22nd July, 2020.
Anevia is a leading OTT and IPTV software provider of innovative multiscreen
solutions for the delivery of live TV, streaming video, time-shifted TV and
video on demand services. The company offers a comprehensive portfolio of video
compression, multiscreen IPTV head-ends, Cloud DVR and CDN solutions to enable
viewers to enjoy a next-generation TV experience - anywhere, anytime and on any
screen - including 4K UHD content. The solutions have been widely adopted by
globally renowned telecom and pay-TV operators, TV broadcasters and video
service providers in hospitality, healthcare and corporate businesses.
Founded in 2003, Anevia has a track record of being first to market with
advanced video technologies. The company is a member of and active contributor
to several TV, media and hospitality industry associations. Headquartered in
France, with regional offices in the USA, Dubai and Singapore, Anevia is listed
on the Paris Euronext Growth market.
For more information please visit www.anevia.com.
Field Marketing Director
Tel: +33 1 81 98 32 40
Isabelle Dray (press relations)
Tel.: +33 1 56 88 11 11
ISIN Code: FR0011910652
Ticker symbol: ALANV
Number of shares comprising the share capital: 4,995,658