Aeorema Communications plc, the AIM-traded live events agency, announces its unaudited results for the six months ended 31 December 2020.
· Revenues of £1,677,311 (2019: £2,913,290)
· Loss after taxation of £247,576 (2019: loss of £57,021)
· Robust cash position of £1,342,548 (31 December 2019: £1,393,243)
· Returned to profitability in the final three-months of the period
Our shareholders will be familiar with the proverb "necessity is the mother of invention" and this phrase became especially true for your Company as the hospitality and events industry experienced an immediate and full-blown shut down in the unprecedented times of the Covid-19 pandemic.
I am proud of our achievements during the period under review, having quickly re-invented ourselves at pace into an expert in virtual and hybrid conferencing following the collapse of the live events business as a result of Covid-19 last year. Equally, I am optimistic for the future as I believe we are well positioned to grow rapidly when live events return.
Faced with the extraordinary challenge of restructuring our business to service a new model focused on virtual events, our team adeptly stepped up to the plate. We developed new services, built our own virtual events platform, KIT, grew existing accounts, onboarded new clients, and impressively returned the Company to profitability in the final months of the period - an outstanding achievement following a period which necessitated substantial restructuring costs and saw a gradual take up of our new offerings. In addition to our traditional largely professional services client base, we are proud to have onboarded a technology giant, working across its four divisions, as well as working with a further five technology clients, all of whom trust our consultancy and technical expertise. These accounts continue to grow during this unprecedented period, and we anticipate further engagements going forward.
While we had expected revenues from live events of circa £3-5 million for July to December 2020, we replaced this lost income with £1,677,311 in revenue from virtual events. We also contained the loss after tax to £247,576 (2019: loss of £57,021) and ended the calendar year with £1,342,548 in cash (2019: £1,393,243) despite restructuring costs. The trend is positive. With several new blue-chip clients and a strong pipeline, we are confident that the next six months will be profitable. The Company's cash position remains strong and as at the date of this announcement is circa £1.1 million.
We announced the opening of an office in New York in September 2020. This was a strategic decision signifying a dedicated approach to supporting the growing needs and requests of our clients in the US, and internationally, as we saw an increase in potential business in the region. I am pleased to report this has been a beneficial investment for the Company and we are expecting to make a profit from this division in its first year. Our presence in the US has enabled us to grow our existing clients as well as win new US based clients.
Whilst Eventful, acquired in March 2020, was naturally severely impacted by Covid-19 related travel bans and venue closures, the team has maintained its relationships with existing clients and been introduced to many new clients working with Cheerful Twentyfirst. During this quiet period, the team has been developing its strategy for 2021/22 and is excited about both returning to sourcing venues for live events and building an exceptional incentives programme for corporates. Holly Mills has joined Eventful as Head of Incentives (formerly Head of Incentives at Penguins Events) and is developing the new Incentives offering for a market with pent up demand and sizeable budgets.
Looking ahead, we believe live events will return; a number of clients have commented that there is no substitute for personal contact. However, regardless of when this happens, we have proven that we can operate as a profitable business in the virtual and hybrid space too and are excited at the prospect of new opportunities for the Group. Furthermore, we are growing our fee based strategic communications solutions as part of our new consultancy approach, supported by production excellence and networking solutions that continue to challenge the norm.
I would like to thank our team and our shareholders for their ongoing support and look forward to the next six months with growing optimism.
19 March 2021